At first my thoughts where OMG, I didn't like the look of it at all.
But once I read the info and looked at the pictures I can see how they may be useful especially if you are syringe feeding a piggie who fights you!
I don't think I would use something like this to give any of my piggies a cuddle, I'd prefer to use a cuddle cup or snuggle 'O', simply because I feel they need to be able to go off and hide if they feel like it and most piggies feel more secure and safe if they have that option, with this they don't have that option so could be quite scary for them.
hmm i was the same imedietly noo, but having read it etc i think its oki in special cases! but defo no for everyday use! I have a very agressive guinea pig Mocha, he bites! grunts and stomps! i think using one could make him feel more safe! i use towels ALOT just normal everyday tea towels, but I'm still not sure :/
I think they look pretty good for specialist use. The guff gives lots of advice, and certainly for a nervous pig, or for syringe feeding etc., look a lot better than my old towel. Could even be useful for lap time for a guinea pig that is nervous, just having something wrapped around can give a sense of security. x
I make these! I designed it initially because a guinea pig owner had an elderly guinea pig that needed regular tooth filing. This guinea became nervous and stressed when towel wrapped so she asked me to design something.
It is basically piggie shaped and the beauty of it is that they can still move their front feet. So the elderly guinea could have her teeth filed and make vague gestures of not liking it but not actually struggle - a lot less stressed. The piggie owner I made it for was incredibly pleased and asked me to inform Vedra. She had done the rodentology course with her. I did so and was told back that Vedra likes to teach towel wrapping as everyone has a towel. Which makes perfect sense to me.
While i was designing this, and believe me it took a lot of development, my girls were subjected to regular 'trying on' sessions. Believe me when I say I love my piggies to bits and would never make them suffer in any way, I was looking for a low stress restraining item. And I do mean low stress.
It takes a bit of doing, inserting your piggie rear end first with the piggie laying along your hand is easiest, but once you've got the hang of it it really works. I've had people telling me that it has settled down biting piggies, been an enormous help with syringe feeding, and an Australian piggie regularly travels to the vet in hers. My own piggies tended to fall asleep while in these and complained when I got them out! So I too am amazed at the success - when I started Chucklebunnies I honestly never thought I'd be making anything like these. But they work and I regularly sell one or two, keeping the medium and large listings on all the time.
Fascinated to hear your comments, 'restraining' pocket is exactly what it is, but possibly not a very good name!