It is obvious that our chinchilla’s cage has to have a liner or bedding. If you are looking for the best chinchilla bedding, you will know that fleece is one of the most popular choices. However, there are many chinchilla owners doubt about the safe of fleece. Should we place fleece in chinchilla cage?
This post is some information, as well as pros and cons of fleece, so you all can make informed decisions about whether you would like to use fleece or not.
#1 Is fleece safe for chinchillas?
As long as your chinchillas do not chew or swallow fleece, it is totally safe for them. Fleece liners completely replace the bedding in your pet’s cage and create a cozy, comfortable, soft surface for your pets to jump and walk on. It won’t hurt your chinchilla’s feet unless it’s used incorrectly in the chinchilla cage.
In order to avoid your chinchilla eat the fleece liner, you should give them extra chew toys and cage accessories. It is very rarely for chinchillas to chew on their fleece cage lining. But if it is happened, you have to stop using fleece as soon as possible.
#2 Pros of fleece
First, fleece bedding will make the good appear for your cage since it come with many different colors and pattern, which allow you to color-coordinate your cage with matching accessories. It is nicer looking than other bedding.
Fleece also does not mesh up the cage and your room like shavings. It is dust-free so there are no shavings to make their way outside of your cage. It is not only easy to clean but also good for respiratory system of chinchillas.
Moreover, fleece is reusable and washable for next time use. So it may cost less in the long run, if you wash them at home.
#3 Cons of fleece
There is the fact that fleece s a 100% synthetic product. It’s made from a kind of plastic called polyester so it is not good at absorb. It is even not higher absorbent than shavings. Due to this, it also not a good odor control bedding. Fleece cannot keep the fresh smell in the cage for long.
You will have to wash it once or twice per week, so you should have 2 fleeces to replace when washing one.
You also should change the fleece liner for once a month. If it not changed frequently enough, there is the possibility for chinchillas to get infections from bacteria in the liners.