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Offline Icebound

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Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« on: April 15, 2009, 06:52:55 AM »
Dear all,

I suddenly came across an idea last night: instead of using fleece bedding, Puppy Pee Pads could be used as a convenient substitute. They seem cheaper than Carefresh in the long run, and are less of a pain compared to laundering fleece bedding. I am not sure about the ammonia build-up, though.

Has anyone used puppy pads in their rat cage before? If so, would you recommend it?

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2009, 07:14:15 AM »
Puppy Pads = Shredded to smithereens = huge mess. :)

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2009, 07:20:40 AM »
I'm a fleece kind of gal. My guys and gals would shredded the puppy pads in seconds if I attempted that route. I'd suggest sticking to the fleece bedding and yesterdays news unscented cat litter (does not stick to the fleece bedding). Washing the fleece liners isn't too bad. I have 22 rats (includes my fosters and rescues) and I have 2 full loads of bedding to wash when I change everyone out. I wash the bedding that day so I do not have the sitting fleece to build up any smells.


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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2009, 09:47:40 AM »
Yeah the biggest problem is the shredding. I use puppy pads under fleece.

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2009, 10:27:57 AM »
I swear, when ISN'T there a huge mess?   ;D

Puppy pads UNDER fleece is a great idea though! 
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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2009, 02:19:38 PM »
Yeah the biggest problem is the shredding. I use puppy pads under fleece.

hey thats a great idea! I have a bunch of puppy pads from when i was potty training my puppy, but she refused to use them... Im going to try that out when my CN gets here.
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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2009, 02:50:09 PM »
That's a great idea! I will try the puppy-pad-under-fleece method instead :D

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2009, 03:44:01 PM »
oh that IS a good idea! I was wondering what to put under the fleece  :doh: Thanks!

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2009, 05:16:26 PM »
I believe puppy pads are chemically treated. The kind I had said they had a special scent to encourage puppy's to use them. Not sure if this is a concern. Paper doesn't last 2 seconds in my cages though.
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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2009, 05:35:47 PM »
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I use puppy pads under fleece.

I shadowed at a vet office over the summer and they used puppy pads and had a "light bulb" moment the other day of using it under fleece. I guess I wasn't the only one  :) I think they would work very well (if your rats aren't big chewers) since they can hold their own when a puppy uses it (which is going to be a lot more liquid then when a rat relieves himself/herself).

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2009, 08:06:10 PM »
I used puppy pads under aspen when I had guinea pigs and it worked great & was easy to roll everything up into, etc.  When I got my FN and ratties, however, I found out what Melina mentioned, that quickly it turned into a BIG GIANT, SHREDDED MESS!   :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2009, 12:43:43 PM »
I used puppy pads when my girls were small, and they didn't really shred them, so it is possible.  However, now I use fleece because I got sick of the puppy pad smell in the cage!

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2009, 12:45:24 PM »
What does a puppy pad smell like? I've never had a dog before, so I'm curious :D 

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2009, 12:46:55 PM »
i use a clumping cat litter made entirely from shredded corn cobs
it works perfectly to absorb any pee smells and it clumps the pee!!!!
the only problem with it is that you need a pooper scooper that will get rid of rat-sized poo


and i also use fleece bedding, never tried pee pads

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2009, 12:49:12 PM »
i use a clumping cat litter made entirely from shredded corn cobs
it works perfectly to absorb any pee smells and it clumps the pee!!!!
the only problem with it is that you need a pooper scooper that will get rid of rat-sized poo


and i also use fleece bedding, never tried pee pads

Oh...rats don't chew on the corn cobs? I wanted to buy those last week, but my cat-owner friend dissuaded me from it by mentioning the possibility of rats eating it.

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2009, 01:02:07 PM »
You know when you're stuck on an elevator with someone who is wearing too much perfume, and then you finally get out of the elevator and your whole body smells like their perfume?  It's like that.  They smell fine for a little while, and then it just gets overwhelming.  Obviously heavily scented things are not good for rats, but since they have a well-ventilated cage the main problem for me was the smell of the things I stored them with.

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Re: Fleece bedding vs. Puppy Pee Pads
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2009, 01:22:38 PM »
You know when you're stuck on an elevator with someone who is wearing too much perfume, and then you finally get out of the elevator and your whole body smells like their perfume?  It's like that.  They smell fine for a little while, and then it just gets overwhelming.  Obviously heavily scented things are not good for rats, but since they have a well-ventilated cage the main problem for me was the smell of the things I stored them with.

Haha, I love the way you described it!

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