• You can find lots of information on how to settle in, understand your new guinea pigs in our New Owners Guide Collection but please ask any questions you have in Wannabe and New Owners' section.

Fleece

Emma72

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
May 13, 2018
Messages
31
Likes
8
Points
75
Location
UK, Newcastle
#1
Just a quick question my piggie has been poorly with nasally problems and is on medication I’m new to keeping piggies, but I have looked at all your posts and decided to take away the wood shavings and buy a less dusty hay so now we are using fleece puppy pads and towels they seem to love it 😍 and little piggies chest is Getting better. I used to fill the hidey where they slept with hay and the used to constantly sit in there munching away the vet listed a few things that could be wrong two of which were hay up the nostril or an allergy hence taking away the shavings Etc, my question is do you owners using fleece just have extra fleece in the hideys or have hay too. .? I’m not keen on using the hay in there after her chest being bad, but I’m worried it won’t eat the hay from the rack and bowl I have put it in, thanks
 

fanniephina

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Mar 19, 2018
Messages
406
Likes
337
Points
330
#2
Hi Emma, Hideys can be poorly ventilated and it's not recommended to have anything around nor inside of them. I use pee pads made of fleece squares under the hideys and keep the hay in either the kitchen area or the lofts so as to make certain it's fairly fresh. Most guinea pigs will roll in hay or even take a little hay shower and it doesn't hurt them but it will possibly be more difficult if under any kind of shelter area.

You definitely don't need a rack and can easily put a large pile of hay in a corner or open area in a few spots around the cage. Believe me, they will find the hay! I do have a kitchen area separate in a sort of litter area for their food and a water bottle (with a few others around the cage) made of soft bedding. I only use a little bit for weeks as it's not the most used area so the cost isn't so bad in the long run.

Hope your little one does well and is feeling good as new.
 

Seven7

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Apr 26, 2018
Messages
384
Likes
272
Points
330
Location
Michigan USA
#3
I have always used Carefree paper bedding and just recently changed to fleece liner. I have fleece liner covering the entire cage. I also use puppy pee pads covering the entire cage.
 

Cocochanel4

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Jan 8, 2018
Messages
11
Likes
4
Points
90
Location
Macclesfield, UK
#5
Hi Emma,
Just hijacking your post slightly. Hope you don't mind! I have 4 pigs and I keep them on puppy pads, covered with newspaper and then a thick layer of hay throughout the C&C. Do people think it would be worth switching to fleece? My pigs are prone to UTIs (one of them in particular) so that is a consideration, as is the fact that I spend a lot of money on hay at the moment. I've always kept pigs in hay so it would be a big change.
 

Seven7

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Apr 26, 2018
Messages
384
Likes
272
Points
330
Location
Michigan USA
#6
I wash fleece pee-pads every 2 days and fleece liner every 5 days. After washing, I soak them in vinegar water for a couple of hours to get rid of bacteria.
Puppy pee-pads goes at the very bottom, then fleece liner, then on the very top I put pee-pads. I find it easier to pick up poop after I switched to fleece liners. I used Carefree paper bedding previously and I wasn't sure if they were comfortable because I couldn't pick up all the poop when they go under the paper bedding.
My Finn and Lara takes hay off their hay rack and spreads it but only in front of the hay rack and not in entire cage.
 

Cocochanel4

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Jan 8, 2018
Messages
11
Likes
4
Points
90
Location
Macclesfield, UK
#7
I wash fleece pee-pads every 2 days and fleece liner every 5 days. After washing, I soak them in vinegar water for a couple of hours to get rid of bacteria.
Puppy pee-pads goes at the very bottom, then fleece liner, then on the very top I put pee-pads. I find it easier to pick up poop after I switched to fleece liners. I used Carefree paper bedding previously and I wasn't sure if they were comfortable because I couldn't pick up all the poop when they go under the paper bedding.
My Finn and Lara takes hay off their hay rack and spreads it but only in front of the hay rack and not in entire cage.
Thank you for the tips!
 

raining.ashes

Junior Guinea Pig
Joined
Jun 23, 2018
Messages
80
Likes
62
Points
170
Location
United States
#8
Just a quick question my piggie has been poorly with nasally problems and is on medication I’m new to keeping piggies, but I have looked at all your posts and decided to take away the wood shavings and buy a less dusty hay so now we are using fleece puppy pads and towels they seem to love it 😍 and little piggies chest is Getting better. I used to fill the hidey where they slept with hay and the used to constantly sit in there munching away the vet listed a few things that could be wrong two of which were hay up the nostril or an allergy hence taking away the shavings Etc, my question is do you owners using fleece just have extra fleece in the hideys or have hay too. .? I’m not keen on using the hay in there after her chest being bad, but I’m worried it won’t eat the hay from the rack and bowl I have put it in, thanks
You shouldn't need any extra fleece inside the hidey's, because it will restrict air. Personally I doubt they would like it anyway, but all piggies are different. I know my oldest hates being under blankets, while the youngest loves to burrow under them. However, if you do encounter a burrowing problem you can always clip a small peice of fleece to the side of the cage so they can burrow under that, which is what I have to do for my youngest.
 
Top