Before buying a tiny pet, it is important to take care of his comfort and buy all the necessary things.Cushion, combined with the fillers, absorb moisture and eliminate odors.
Despite all positive sides, the use of litter may result in unpleasant consequences:
- total hair loss;
- bacterial foot to me;
- urinary dermatitis.
To avoid these diseases need careful monitoring of the cleanliness of the house. It is equally important to pay attention to only natural materials that are not dangerous.
The types of litter and fillers
As litter use the following types of fillers:
Cover the floor of the cells can be sawdust and hay, or to use the materials at hand and make a litter for Guinea pigs with their hands out of fleece or PVC. A good option would be a ready absorbent diaper offered by manufacturers.
Let's consider the available options in more detail, dividing them into 2 groups:
- ready fillers.
Litter, made of fabric, have a common drawback – they cannot be applied in isolation. These include.
Ready mats for Guinea pigs striking variability of appearance. They suggest daily cleaning of feces and weekly washing at 30°. Protect the legs and prevent spreading of the filler.
IMPORTANT! The fabric does not absorb urine, and passes it to the lower level. Mat and in the cage, always in need of additional layer.
If the pet is overly interested in the Mat, trying to get under it or chew, try to flip it to the other side. In the absence of a positive result, the Mat is PVC better to remove because its components are hazardous to the digestive system of Guinea pigs.
Choose one hundred percent polyester different from each other by the sides. Before use litter involves 2-4 wash:
- increases the permeability of moisture;
- giving a finite size pewsey tissue;
- demonstrating the presence of possible pellets.
IMPORTANT! Pet can get tangled up in the exposed threads, so the fleece pad should have a perfectly smooth surface.
A separate item, select diapers, which is an exception among the fabric options and suggesting the possibility of using as the sole filler.
IMPORTANT! Note instances from the gel absorbent, successfully eliminating any odors that is for the toilet.
The diaper creates difficulties when cleaning, but quickly breaks, involves only one application and it is worth a considerable amount (500-1000 rubles for a set of 10 PCs.).
Among ready-made fillers isolated.
Used in combination with wood, as, in spite of absorbency, quick soak (it will have to lay again after a few trips to the toilet).
Pressed sawdust and other wood waste glued together in special granules. Wood filler implies the presence of the second layer. This litter will not be without sawdust or fabric coverings.
IMPORTANT! Choose only the cellulosic granules or those that are made of natural wood. Animal definitely try them on taste, and other materials pose a danger to the digestive tract.
For the production of filler use of corn rods, but despite the natural materials, the final product has poor absorbency and absorption, so it is better to use other options.
Use kitty litter made of silica gel can be, but the classic clumping options should be avoided. His eating is deadly rodent due to intestinal obstruction.
One of the most popular options, with low cost and availability. Absorbs moisture and is suitable for the bottom layer. Choose large specimens (small is fraught with the accumulation of dust) and remove the sharp pieces before you pour them into the cage.
Sometimes a Guinea pig eats sawdust, leading the host into confusion. This behavior is normal, if the animal is not trying to destroy all the stocks in a cage. Sawdust, caked on bits of food that are safe for the organism of Guinea pigs.
The cheapest and affordable option with high absorbency. Requires careful sifting and removal of sharp slivers.
Eco-friendly material, used exclusively as the top layer. Hay for rodents is food that contains a number of useful vitamins. Such a filler for Guinea pigs will have to be changed regularly to prevent the development of harmful bacteria.
The advantages and disadvantages of existing fillers
If fabric cushions all clear without a detailed analysis, the prepared fillers require more attention. Consider their differences on the example of the table.
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Tips for finding the ideal
With the features of available options the best solution is to combine, allowing to use the advantages and minimize the disadvantages.
Occupy top place. All the disadvantages are eliminated with careful and regular cleaning. They can be put as the sole filler.
The advantages justify the high cost, so if funds is an option that deserves attention. Is used as the lower layer are hidden:
- paper filler;
- fleece fabric;
- the Mat is made of PVC.
Granules are the bottom layer and covered with the same options as the diaper.
IMPORTANT! For reliability, the wood filler you can lay in the cage an additional layer between the diaper and a soft surface, providing a Guinea pig long term protection against odors and humidity.
Choosing filler for Guinea pigs for the first time, follow these recommendations, and when re-purchase proceed from the individual characteristics of the pet. With increased love to eat the PVC or sawdust, these materials can and should be replaced for the remaining counterparts.
For a more economical flow of filler can the bottom of the cage or rack lay a PVC Mat, and filler use only for toilet pan.