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Are old clothes suitable for piggies to sleep on?

LianFlower

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Hello everyone Lian here. I am pretty new to piggie care, right now I have two little girls and there set up is temporary. They have a fleece pad and on top of it is a towel. I noticed it seems like they might be getting chilly at night, the towel is laid flat so it doesn't offer much snuggle-ness. I wanted to give my piggies an old pair of pajama pants but hesitated because I thought they might be able to hurt themselves somehow by crawling inside or what not. Please let me know what you think, and what would an experiences owner do to help offer your piggies a little warmth? Thanks. :)
 

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I don't use old clothes for my piggies but only cos I haven't thought of it myself!:doh: I should think that old pyjama pants would be fun for piggies as they could snuggle in the legs. I may try this for my piggies!:)
 

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I don't use old clothes for my piggies but only cos I haven't thought of it myself!:doh: I should think that old pyjama pants would be fun for piggies as they could snuggle in the legs. I may try this for my piggies!:)
Yeah I thought they might like it but I was worried they could get stuck or wrapped up in them and hurt themselves somehow, do you think this is unlikely?
 

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Yeah I thought they might like it but I was worried they could get stuck or wrapped up in them and hurt themselves somehow, do you think this is unlikely?
If you're worried cut the legs short.

Hay is a great idea! They seem to get it really mixed in with poo though so I was trying to find something else, thanks! :D
My lot always have fresh hay in hay racks but prefer the hay they have wee'd and pooped in and they choose that over nice clean hay. I have come to the conclusion that it tastes nicer like that if you are a piggie! As long as they are eating hay does it matter?
 

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If you're worried cut the legs short.



My lot always have fresh hay in hay racks but prefer the hay they have wee'd and pooped in and they choose that over nice clean hay. I have come to the conclusion that it tastes nicer like that if you are a piggie! As long as they are eating hay does it matter?
I'm not sure if it matters, I thought I'd heard they could get sick that way from eating hay that's gotten poo on it but maybe I mis-understood.
 

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I'm not sure if it matters, I thought I'd heard they could get sick that way from eating hay that's gotten poo on it but maybe I mis-understood.
Mine are healthy and as said earlier they seem to prefer it to fresh hay. You can't tell piggies only to eat fresh hay. Hay is hay and they'll eat it wherever it is!
 

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They won't get sick from eating hay with poops on as they eat their own poop anyway.

The only time to worry is if it were really old hay but that wouldn't be a problem as pigs need to be cleaned out regularly. Or if the hay had poop on it when you buy it, but why would anyone buy contaminated hay!
 

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Hello everyone Lian here. I am pretty new to piggie care, right now I have two little girls and there set up is temporary. They have a fleece pad and on top of it is a towel. I noticed it seems like they might be getting chilly at night, the towel is laid flat so it doesn't offer much snuggle-ness. I wanted to give my piggies an old pair of pajama pants but hesitated because I thought they might be able to hurt themselves somehow by crawling inside or what not. Please let me know what you think, and what would an experiences owner do to help offer your piggies a little warmth? Thanks. :)
My Finn and Lara have fleece pouches. Lara crawls inside the fleece pouch even in the summer, she is an indoor piggy living in an air-conditioned room. Lara crawls and sleeps inside her fleece pouch cuddling her favorite stuffed puppy and I really feel that this is her favorite thing to do.

In your case, I would definitely recommend fleece pouches they can crawl into and cuddle. It really works well for mine. I have 6 fleece pouches for my 2 piggies so I can wash them frequently.
 

LianFlower

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My Finn and Lara have fleece pouches. Lara crawls inside the fleece pouch even in the summer, she is an indoor piggy living in an air-conditioned room. Lara crawls and sleeps inside her fleece pouch cuddling her favorite stuffed puppy and I really feel that this is her favorite thing to do.

In your case, I would definitely recommend fleece pouches they can crawl into and cuddle. It really works well for mine. I have 6 fleece pouches for my 2 piggies so I can wash them frequently.
Thanks I will try that. :)
 

CocoAndOreo

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Hello everyone Lian here. I am pretty new to piggie care, right now I have two little girls and there set up is temporary. They have a fleece pad and on top of it is a towel. I noticed it seems like they might be getting chilly at night, the towel is laid flat so it doesn't offer much snuggle-ness. I wanted to give my piggies an old pair of pajama pants but hesitated because I thought they might be able to hurt themselves somehow by crawling inside or what not. Please let me know what you think, and what would an experiences owner do to help offer your piggies a little warmth? Thanks. :)
I think I will try the pajama pants idea too. My guinea pig’s room does not have air condition or anything. I wasn’t worried about summertime and how hot it was. we already had a fan. I was just worried of the coldness in the winter. But then I found this and it just solved my problem. This is a excellent idea. Thanks you so much!
 

Philippa98

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I used towels and an old dressing gown once before I got the fleece liners and my Guinea pig loved snuggling in, I sewed the arms and legs up so he couldn't go down incase he got stuck but he loved sleeping and sitting in them
 

MomoMura

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I have used an old shirt once or twice during some particularly cold winter nights (though I agree with the previous posters, using hay as an insulator is infinitely better!). The benefits of using cloth is that they have something nice and soft to lay on, or burrow into, and it has the added benefit of smelling like you! It may help associate your scent with something positive :)

My lot always have fresh hay in hay racks but prefer the hay they have wee'd and pooped in and they choose that over nice clean hay. I have come to the conclusion that it tastes nicer like that if you are a piggie! As long as they are eating hay does it matter?
How interesting! My guinea pigs HATE eating any hay that's been on their cage floor too long, or that has been pee'd or poo'd on! They absolutely REFUSE to eat it! So we have to refill their hayrack more than we would like lol. They can tell the difference between fresh hay from the bag and hay that's been treaded on, and get sooo excited when they hear the crinkling of the bag for more hay haha.

Guinea pigs really are unique individuals :)
 
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