all fleece bedding a few times but had not yet switched to it full time.
I decided to take the plunge for all fleece a month ago. I have to say, it's been working great and the pigs really like it. It will be interesting to see how well it fairs in warmer, more humid weather, but right now, the cage lasts at least a week between full cleanings. I swap out the old fleece every week more from habit than because of any smell or dampness. The daily maintenance is quick and easy; pulling out the damp hay takes the most time. I'm impressed that there's less smell and surface dampness than with the shavings, even with two pigs in this sized cage.
The one serious drawback? Cost. I know one of the great things about fleece is that it's an initial investment, but then the fleece lasts forever, so there's no recurring cost. Unfortunately, our washer doesn't deal with debris very well and can't handle a large load of laundry. The fleece came out smelling nice and clean, but after a few washings, it looked dirty all the time. Very disappointing. The washer at our old place did a much better job.
My solution has been to take the pig laundry to our local laundromat. I wait until I have a big load so I can stuff a single washer. Even though I bring it home wet, it still costs a few dollars every two weeks. Not much, but compared to a $6 bale of shavings that lasted two to three months, it's quite a bit more expensive. Bummer. This was an unforeseen consequence in switching bedding.
For now, I'm happy to stick with it. The time it takes to maintain a fully fleeced cage is no more than what I had with half-and-half. The lack of smell is great, too, since Pinniped and Cannoli now reside in the living room/office. For now, the pros outweigh the cons. If we're lucky enough to get a better washer in the future, it will all be good.