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Is straw okay for guinea pigs to eat as my two seem to think so even when there cage is full of hay, dont get me wrong they eat the hay as well. I have seen lots of pics on here where cages have fleeces and blankets is they a reason you do this? or is this just in there indoor runs thanks please advise Nicky.
 

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Ive never heard of giving straw to guinea pigs - mine just have several types of hay to munch on all the time :))

I have three cages and i use washable bed pads topped with fleece material in all of them. Reason why i opted to use fleece as bedding is because i found the wood shavings got dragged everywhere - plus it was more convenient when it come to cleaning up their poops everyday - now i just use a small cylinder hoover - takes me about 10mins to do all three cages.

I change and fully wash the fleece every 3-4 days :)

You can use a shower curtain topped with a piece of fleece for an indoor run - that way any accidents will mean your flooring doesn't get soaked :;)
 
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Ive never heard of giving straw to guinea pigs - mine just have several types of hay to munch on all the time :))

I have three cages and i use washable bed pads topped with fleece material in all of them. Reason why i opted to use fleece as bedding is because i found the wood shavings got dragged everywhere - plus it was more convenient when it come to cleaning up their poops everyday - now i just use a small cylinder hoover - takes me about 10mins to do all three cages.

I change and fully wash the fleece every 3-4 days :)

You can use a shower curtain topped with a piece of fleece for an indoor run - that way any accidents will mean your flooring doesn't get soaked :;)

My two are one now and your right the shavings seem to get everywhere and mainly in snowballs G/P eyes so I now and have done for 8 months use news paper topped with straw for bedding but for the last month they have took to eatting it. Will it harm then?
 
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Is straw okay for guinea pigs to eat as my two seem to think so even when there cage is full of hay, dont get me wrong they eat the hay as well. I have seen lots of pics on here where cages have fleeces and blankets is they a reason you do this? or is this just in there indoor runs thanks please advise Nicky.

Sorry not explained this one very well please see quote above as post dose not read very well thanks lol.
 

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guinea pigs should not have straw, there is a reason but i cant remember it but it has spomething to do with it being dangerous to little piggy eyes. please remove it and just use hay.
 
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Is straw okay for guinea pigs to eat as my two seem to think so even when there cage is full of hay, dont get me wrong they eat the hay as well.

Guinea pigs should not be on straw at all, it's a lot sharper than hay and because their heads are a lot closer to the ground they can get scratches on their eyes, which can get infected etc...
It also has little or no nutritional value compared to hay. A guinea pig's diet should be made up of 80% hay. Mine also love playing in hay.

I have seen lots of pics on here where cages have fleeces and blankets is they a reason you do this? or is this just in there indoor runs thanks please advise Nicky.


I use fleece as it is softer on their feet, I can sweep up poops daily then wash the fleece (and towel it is over) every 4-5 days.
Many people don't like to use woodshavings as it can cause respiratory problems (again due to being lower to the ground) and fleece is a cheaper alternative for me compared to Megazorb or Carefresh.
 
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hay hay hay! No straw! Hay is made from grass which is what guineas should eat for most of their diet. Straw can cause injuries to pigs eyes. Animal magic pet supplies sells some great hay, Also the hay experts. If you need some today pop to Asda they do some good stuff! X
 
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