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Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2021 3:32 pm
by Aalice
Hi! My boys reeeaally like to tear apart kitchen roll and use it as bedding but we are going through a LOT of towelling :lol:

I was considering buying some fleece and shredding it up for them to then use as their bedding as this will probably be more durable and maybe (?) reusable if I put them in wash bags and wash them
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Any experience or advice welcome :hearts:

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 12:15 pm
by ElizabethThomas61
There's not much of a difference. I guess that depends on their preference and costs. Fleece is softer and cuter, so that's something I choose for my cuties :)

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:33 pm
by cyber ratty
Fleece isn't absorpbant, so doesn't make good bedding.

If you're worried about costs, try shredding the paper packing that comes in delivery boxes.

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2022 10:10 pm
by LPRattus0
Hi there,

Just wondering what you ended up using. I was thinking about trying to reduce waste/ok for my girls and this post caught my eye.

I am trialing for their main bedding bath towels cut into strips. I also cut up tissue paper, kitchen roll, and cardboard packaging for variety dotted around the cage for enrichment whenever I get bits and pieces from gifts and such.

LP

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2022 9:00 am
by cyber ratty
Strips of material will have the same issues - lack of absorbancy, and with towelling you'd also need to watch out for nails getting caught in loops.

If you want to virtually eliminate waste, but also want to provide the digging and foraging enrichment they ought to have, you might want to consider a bioactive base.

That's where there's a foot or more of coco fibre + topsoil in a deep custom base (most people use perspex so they can see the tunnels), you can add some wee creatures as 'clean up crew' but I think mine is working purely on bacteria now it is established. They've been set up for over a year now.

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 9:13 pm
by LPRattus0
Hey Mary,

I came across bioactive areas but not looked fully into it yet. Please could you share how you started off?
I provide a dig box with coir already, so it might be something I could look into.

Thanks, LP

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2022 10:12 pm
by LPRattus0
Just came across this. Read Well, wondered what you all thought.

https://azulinerattery.wordpress.com/an ... -rat-cage/

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:32 pm
by cyber ratty
Yes Zoe's article is great - I used that to help me get mine set up. The only difference I think is that I mixed topsoil (25%) in with the coco fibre (75%). :luck:

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:19 am
by LPRattus0
Amazing, I just stumbled across the site after lots of searching around the topic. So I am very glad you know of ger.

Could I ask the reason for adding some topsoil? And do you need to get the sterilised kind?

Thanks,
LP

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:03 am
by cyber ratty
Topsoil adds bacteria - so don't get sterilised or there won't be any, but make sure it has no added fertiliser.

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:18 pm
by LPRattus0
Thank you, maybe my own garden soil.. or leaf compost might do it...

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:40 am
by cyber ratty
I'm not sure about that, I would worry about bringing in an infection. A bag of 'clean' topsoil only costs about £5.

Re: Kitchen roll vs shredded fleece

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:37 am
by LPRattus0
That's great info, thank you.