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Bedding, oy vei!

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It seems like hedgies are absolutely no different then horses with a million answers to the same question!

I just got my hedie, and he's living in a very large dog kennel. I flipped it so that the small row of vertical bars are along the bottom so he can look out and see the world, as well as the front door being thick wire mesh. However, to properly clean it, the entire thing has to be taken apart.

I don't have access to liners, so he's currently bedding on a piece of folded yellow thin imitation fleece type blanket. However, it gets mussed up, his poop falls underneath it, and the smell just isn't nice as the pee is obviously soaking into the fleece and acting as one big living room hedgie pee storage and distributer. I don't have anything else to use as a "liner" right now, I was told I could use a towel while I cleaned it, but now have read that towels can be very dangerous to little nails.

I could probably go out and buy more fleece squares, but I'd have to load up as I'll be required to change it daily due to the smell.

I am really interested in using the Aspen shavings everyone is talking about, as I find shavings the best bedding to manage. And everything seems to say they're not as good as liners, but acceptable. However, I've also heard now that the shavings can get caught in their special areas?? Is there ANY right answer? Is Carefresh better? Does it soak up the urine and poop "properly"?

Any advice would be great, in the future liners are definately an option, but not now as I'd have to internet order them.
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Basically, I'm REALLY wanting to use shavings. I just want to make sure they're safe. I don't mind shavings everywhere, they have been my whole life, it's kind of par for the course in loving small animals/rodents so much :lol: I find them easy to clean and I love the smell.

And the way that dumb cage is designed, I had a heck of a time cleaning it today. It's so big and heavy, it's almost impossible for me to manage to dump the scrap poop and food into a garbage bag by myself, save picking out every piece with my fingers. And his poop sticks to that stupid fleecy blanket so bad, I just end up getting hedgie poop and food all over anyway. If I'm going to have a mess, I'd rather it be shavings!

I'm definately going to look into liners, but I'd rather not spend money on anything but PROPER liners.
padawanslacker said:
I live in an apartment building with one washer and one dryer. They guzzle quarters, are nearly always in use, and I don't think my neighbors would appreciate my filling up the washer with feces- and urine-contaminated fabric on a regular basis.
That's my exact problem, but I know others have said it can work just as well to scrub them out in your bathtub and hang them up to dry.
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