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Old 04-26-2015, 02:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I would only use bedding in shaymins cage but it was always too much work cleaning it so the other day I bought I puppy pads to put under the bedding and today is the first day using them. I always try to do some research on stuff for my hedgehog just to make sure he'll be safe but some people say it's bad to use the pad and some say it's okay. So far shaymin is doing okay but of course he's asleep during the day so I'm still not sure.
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Old 04-26-2015, 02:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it depends on the hog. Some hedgehogs will rip them up, others won't bother them. Honestly though, if cleaning a loose substrate is too much work, I would just switch to fleece liners. Then all you have to do is shake off any loose waste and toss it in the washing machine. You'll have a higher start up cost on them, but it's cheaper in the long run too. You won't have to buy them again and can continuously reuse them. I would get enough to have at least two liners. That way when you take one out you can replace it with a clean one and wash the dirty one at your leisure.
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I've always heard that puppy pads weren't recommended because of the chemicals the pads use to attract a puppy. Granted, I don't know which pads you bought, but in general the rule seems to be to avoid puppy pads.

If Shaymin's (cute reference, by the way ) not chewing on the pad and you're not noticing any ill effects, it should be fine, but I second shinydistraction's recommendation for fleece liners. I made the switch about 6 months ago and they're as wonderful as everyone says they are. I used Kaytee Clean & Cozy and the stuff got EVERYWHERE, but I didn't make the switch until my younger hog decided she wanted to track her mess across the entire cage. Spot cleaning became a near-daily cage change and it was both messy and expensive, so I bit the bullet and got fleece. When your current bedding runs out, I would recommend cutting up a fleece blanket or buying some fleece from a fabric store (JoAnn's always has sales) and trying it out.
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If you need to use an absorbent pad, use BABY pads, because they are not scented.

BUT you have to make sure your hedgie won't rip them, chew them or anything like that. They turn into fluff and would probably cause a fatal impaction if hedgie ate them.

I used to use baby pads under Nara's wheel with a paper towel over them. The baby pad would prevent any wetness from going thru the to the liner and the paper towel could be replaced when ever it was needed.

Most of the time, it was me spilling water dishes that made the mess.

Fleece liners are the best. You can make them so easily-- no sewing. Most of mine were light colors, better to catch any poop, bleeding or other body problems early.
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