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Old 10-12-2013, 01:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all. We have had Harley for 3 months now and am on cage #3. She is now in a 5 sq foot cage. It hangs over the table we have it on and way too big for the room we have her in, but she now has enough room to roam lol. Anyway, just want to ask if it would be wise to change her bedding up a bit and what others have experienced. She has a fluffy bed which we place her igloo in along with fleece blankets to burrow in. It is quite big and she can comfortably stretch out in it with room to spare. She has a 12" comfort wheel, and I was thinking to get a tray to put the wheel on and fill it with carefresh. So, finally to my question... Other than the carefresh near the wheel and the soft bedding around her igloo, can I just leave the floor of the cage bare? I was thinking that would make it easy to clean and therefore more sanitary. I know I can use fleece but is it really necessary if she has a soft area to sleep in? I will try to upload a pic of her cage now (it still has the carefresh in it and minus the wheel as it is soaking in the tub to clean).
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Having a bare floor would make it colder, and even with the cage at the proper temperature it would still be cold on their feets. Fleece liners are warm and pretty easy to clean because you can just pick it up and toss in the wash.

And a little off topic, what size igloo is that? I went to get one at Petco but the small size was tiny and the medium size seemed huge.
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I'm also a fan of fleece liners. Easy to clean and cost efficient (once you initially spend on the fleece you won't have to spend again).

I agree I wouldn't leave the floor bare!


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And a little off topic, what size igloo is that? I went to get one at Petco but the small size was tiny and the medium size seemed huge.
I think it is the medium or even large. It was the biggest they have there, other than the special order ones they are for large rabbits. It is huge, but once you get the fleece in there it is quite cozy. I can't measure it right now, but I would say it's about 10" in diameter not counting the entrance part. It's as big as her wheel. I love it because it is a bit transparent so I can see what's going on inside
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I'm also a fan of fleece liners. Easy to clean and cost efficient (once you initially spend on the fleece you won't have to spend again).

I agree I wouldn't leave the floor bare!


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So would the fleece be more for warmth rather than function as soft flooring?
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I would say fleece would be best for warmth, as well as for comfort and grip for their feet. I mean, what would you rather walk on? Plus if she just wants to hang out and relax outside of her igloo, it would make it more comfortable for her to have the fleece instead of the cold hard plastic.
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So would the fleece be more for warmth rather than function as soft flooring?
I'd say both! I also found the fleece to be less messy as far as clean up in general. I found that the Carefresh bedding was a bit dusty. Replacing fleece liner once or twice a week has worked much better for us 😊


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We went out and got some fleece to line Harley's cage. Also got a plastic placemat and paper towels to catch the run-off, but I hope she won't eat the paper towels. Comments and suggestions welcome.
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Looks good!

(I've never seen my hedgie try to eat the paper towel, or heard of any other hedgies doing that...so I wouldn't be too concerned!)


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(I've never seen my hedgie try to eat the paper towel, or heard of any other hedgies doing that...so I wouldn't be too concerned!)
Agreed - usually the most you'll see of them messing with the paper towels is trying to get under them
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