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Hi all, we’re new to Guinea Pig ownership and having put our girls in an outdoor hutch we have decided to move them back indoors permanently. I have ordered a C&C open top cage but wondered about nighttime, should I put them in a closable cage then? Will their food attract mice into the house? I saw a rat outside yesterday which is why they are being moved inside but also because they are very hard to handle and I hope being indoors with us indoors will help. I don’t fancy putting a lid on the C&C cage unless absolutely necessary as I want my children to regularly interact with the pigs.
Also fleece bedding, where do you buy it from and do you wash or dump it? I used some and it was so soiled after two days I wondered how others are coping with it? X
 

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When I had my pigs inside, they were in an open-top cage, and I never had any problems with mice. :)
Also with fleece, I just washed it :)
 

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There is no need to put them into a different cage for night time (in fact constant changes of environment could upset them). They can live permanently in a c&c. As long as your piggies aren’t climbers (some piggies can be athletic, jump on hidey house roof and find their way out etc - but this can be combatted by having the side grids two grids high if necessary), and you don’t have dogs or cats etc, then there isn’t a major need to have a lid. As long as you don’t leave food lying around within their cage - they only feed they should have constant access to should be hay anyway) - and if rats can’t ordinarily get into your house then there isn’t a concern
 

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With fleece, you need to have an absorbent layer underneath it for the urine to wick through to.
You can buy specially made fleece liners or just get fleece blankets yourself. It must be the right type of fleece though as some just wont wick
This guide should help you
A Detailed Guide For Fleece Bedding
 

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There is no need to put them into a different cage for night time (in fact constant changes of environment could upset them). They can live permanently in a c&c. As long as your piggies aren’t climbers (some piggies can be athletic, jump on hidey house roof and find their way out etc - but this can be combatted by having the side grids two grids high if necessary), and you don’t have dogs or cats etc, then there isn’t a major need to have a lid. As long as you don’t leave food lying around within their cage - they only feed they should have constant access to should be hay anyway) - and if rats can’t ordinarily get into your house then there isn’t a concern
Thank you, do they need a bowl of food all day?
 

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Thank you, do they need a bowl of food all day?

No. The only food they need constantly is hay. Pellets should be kept strictly limited to one tablespoon per pig per day. Mine get half an hour to eat their oortion of pellets and then any that haven’t been eaten get removed. They are the least important part of their diet, I think of them as piggy junk food - too much is not good for them. Fresh veg should be one cup of veg per pig per day
 

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No. The only food they need constantly is hay. Pellets should be kept strictly limited to one tablespoon per pig per day. Mine get half an hour to eat their oortion of pellets and then any that haven’t been eaten get removed. They are the least important part of their diet, I think of them as piggy junk food - too much is not good for them. Fresh veg should be one cup of veg per pig per day
this is very helpful thank you! This feels like a job my 7 year old can take on and have some independence with.
 

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