Bedding advice

Loulop35

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Hi,

My vet has recommended that I use Care Fresh rather than hay for my guinea pigs bedding after a series of hay pokes in their eyes. They are outdoor piggies .Ive had look and its very expensive so I wondered if anyone could recommend any alternatives. Also are these products warm enough ie they can burrow in them? What size would I need to buy to last a few weeks. How would I use it...newspaper then some shavings and then the paper bedding on top or just newspaper and the paper bedding. Many thamks
 

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Hay poke is a hazard of being a piggy. Even if you put it in a tray or in a hay bag the risk is reduced but still there.

You could use it on top of newspapers but would t need to put it on top of shavings. Shavings are bedding as well. Alternatives are aubiose or easibed. I think there’s another I’ve forgotten though.
 

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I personally don’t think paper bedding would be warm enough for outdoor piggies to snuggle into, it just tends to flatten down and won’t be insulting. I’d also be concerned about it remaining damp (the outside air won’t allow it to dry out) which will be bad for the piggies.
Mine live in my shed and I completely fill the hutch with hay all over as it helps insulate - I don’t think I’d feel comfortable with them being outside on paper bedding
I have started using aubiose - in summer just aubiose as a bedding, but in winter a layer of aubiose as an absorbent layer and then loads of hay on top
 

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Thanks for your replies. I must admit I cant see how paper based would be warm enough in a hutch. I always give them a thick layer of hay but we had a series of hay pokes which are costing me a fortune in vets fees. I'll have to try and source softer hay if there is such a thing.
 

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As siikibam has said, with piggies, haypokes are going to always be a hazard due to their constant need to access to it, regardless of what they are bedded on.
I buy hay from Haybox. I get meadow hay for bedding and eating and Timothy for eating. The meadow is very soft but being a natural product there are always going to be times when it is not as soft.
 
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