Everything Anti-Pill Fleece and U-HAUL Furniture Pads

Fleece is a soft fabric used for making clothes. It can and is widely used for your pet’s cage bedding as it allows urine or pee to wick through, does not cause respiratory problems to your pet and finally it looks neat. When buying fleece, it is important to purchase anti-pill fleece. Anti-pill simply means that your fleece will not form little balls of thread during use or after wash. It will stay smooth and comfortable.

There are different fleece terms you need to understand:

  • Anti-Pill Fleece fabric/blanket– this has one layer/ a single sheet. You can purchase these, they go for about $5-$8 for the 36.00 x 60.00 x 0.25 Inches.
  • Anti-Pill Fleece liner– these have two layers made from two anti-pill fleece fabric/blanket and sewn all around the edges. You can purchase these already made or you can DIY.
  • Anti-Pill Fleece pillow– these resemble pillow cases and have two layers made from two anti-pill fleece fabric/blanket and sewn around three edges leaving one side open. You can purchase these already made or you can DIY.

DIY Making Fleece Liners/Pillows

See detailed video of how to make anti-pill fleece liners/pillows from anti-pill fleece blankets/fabrics.  Note that in this video, the tray used to measure the fleece is for a critter nation or ferret nation cage. When cutting the fleece, use the measurements of the type of cage you have for your pet. Different pets need different types of cages but some can use the same type of cage.

Making fleece liner

 

 

 

 

In your pet’s cage, under the anti-pill fleece fabrics/blanket/ liner or inside the fleece pillow use an absorbent layer like the Original U-Haul Furniture Pad Moving Blanket. If you use fleece alone, your pet’s pee will not be absorbed. Fleece only allows pee to wick through and settle at the bottom, which can be unhealthy for your pet.

See how the U-Haul Furniture Pad is placed when DIY making liners.

Making u-haul for fleece liner

 

 

 

 

 

An alternative to placing your cage floor pan in a fleece pillow, you can just place the U-HAUL furniture pad on the cage floor pans/floor, then place the fleece fabric on it and secure it using binder clips. This option would be great for DIY cages.

See what we mean by using binder clips:

Using binder clips on fleece

 

 

 

 

 

If you do not want to DIY anti-pill fleece liners;

  • You can buy already made ones from stores. Anti-pill liners from stores are NOT usually sold with U-HAUL already sewn in them.
  • You can have them made by someone at a fair price. There are individuals who make them according to your specifications, you can inform them to put U-HAUL in them.

Anti-Pill Fleece fabric/blankets/liners/pillows Need to Be Prepared Before Use

Preparation of the anti-pill fleece simple means trying to make it wick and also preshrink.

Wash the new anti-pill fleece fabric/blankets/liners/pillows at least 3-4 times with warm or hot water before use.

  • For those going the DIY making anti-pill fleece liners/pillow way, you will need to wash the fleece fabric/ blanket before cutting as it is known to shrink when washed with hot water. You will want to start cutting on it once it has shrunk not before.
  • For those who have purchased their already made anti-pill liners/pillows, wash before use in cage.

DO NOT use scented detergents or any kind of softeners!!! DO NOT use dryer sheets!!

You can use unscented free and clear detergent, a good example is

  • All Liquid Laundry Detergent, Free & Clear

See video on what you are trying to achieve (wicking).

wicking fleece

 

 

 

 

How do you wash the fleece?

This is a video of cleaning dirtied fleece. You can have a watch to get an idea of how to wash the new fleece.

How to Wash Fleece Liners and Cozies

 

 

 

 

 

U-Haul Furniture Pads Need to Be Prepared Before Use

Preparation of the U-HAUL furniture pad simple means trying to make it preshrink, shed some fiber (which can clog drains) and become more absorbent.

Wash the new U-HAUL Furniture Pad at least 1 time with warm or hot water before use.

  • For those going the DIY making anti-pill fleece liners/pillow way, you will need to wash the U-HAUL before cutting as it is known to shrink when washed with hot water. You will want to start cutting on it once it has shrunk not before.
  • For those who have purchased their already made anti-pill liners/pillows, wash before use in cage. Anti-pill liners from stores are not usually sold with U-HAUL already sewn in them. However, if you have someone who sews them for you, you can give specifications on what you want.

DO NOT use scented products or any kind of softeners!!!DO NOT use dryer sheets!!

You can use unscented free and clear detergent, a good example is

  • All Liquid Laundry Detergent, Free & Clear

For some pets, for example a hedgehog or short-tailed opossum, an alternative to using U-HAUL can be disposable/ washable pee/puppy pads. It will be entirely up to you. You can see a video of using disposable/ washable pee/puppy pads below.

Disposable pee pad use in hedgehog cage

 

 

 

 

 

When using Fleece, you will require to have a litter pan in the cage (usually at a corner) or kitchen area (for guinea pigs) to guarantee cleanliness and less smells. You do not want your pet soiling the fleece too many times forcing you to thoroughly clean your cage daily. You will also need to train your pet to use the litter pan.

Litter pan and fleece use

 

 

 

 

In this litter pan, you will definitely have to use a different material from what you are using as cage bedding. Good examples are:

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