What is fleece bedding and how do I use it?
Fleece bedding is just that: fleece; although there is another essential component. Fleece itself is usually made from polyester, which is not very absorbent. An absorbent material is the second component of fleece bedding. Paige's Pets Shop uses U-haul padding as the absorbent layer: it is recycled denim which is originally made from cotton. The fleece is used on top of absorbent material to keep your pet clean and dry while liquids get wicked down and soaked up by the absorbent layer.
How to use it
When you first get your fleece, wash it a few times with mild detergent and vinegar - this helps the fleece allow liquids to pass through to absorbent layer. The more you wash, the better the fleece will wick.
Don’t use fabric softener (this will keep liquids on top of the fleece).
If you have a pre-made cage liner with an absorbent layer between the fleece, just lay it in the cage! Get yours here.
If you are making your own, lay down towels in the cage first, then fleece on top.
Now watch your pet play and explore!
How to maintain and clean it
Spot clean cage every day and remove solid waste - use a small hand broom and dustpan or handheld vacuum.
Every few days, or when your pet needs it, sweep out the cage with your hand broom and simply throw the fleece bedding in the washing machine to be reused! You can shake it out outside before the wash to get off stray hay.
Again, use a mild detergent and vinegar for the wash
Check out this post for cleaning tips
Which is better, fleece or disposable bedding?
This question does not have a definitive answer. However, here are some benefits and drawbacks of each.
Many pet owners will say their animals prefer fleece bedding to disposable bedding, such as wood shavings .
Fleece is softer and more comfortable on your little friend's feet and can provide a more comfortable place for them to sleep . The soft fleece can also help avoid bumblefoot (sores on the feet).
It looks cute in your cage! There are so many patterns and colors available - there's something for everyone!
Fleece bedding is cost-effective, as there is no need to continually purchase new bedding and lasts the lifetime of your pet.
Daily maintenance - solid waste needs to be removed daily
Waste is in plain view
Waste is better hidden from view.
Less daily maintenance, though heavily soiled areas should be spot cleaned as needed.
more expensive in the long run
can get caught in pets fur, causing mats and discomfort
messier (gets kicked out of cage, spilled, etc.)
Overall, the type of bedding you choose depends on your personal situation, but personally I prefer fleece bedding. If you are interested in fleece bedding but would prefer a pre-made cage liner or other fleece products, check out our shop.
Get your cage liner here.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. Anything expressed in these posts is my own personal opinion and is not to be taken as medical advice.