Vinyl Tile Vs Foam Interlocking Mats?

Which flooring would you use?


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I cannot choose whether to put soft interlocking mats as the floor for my c&c cage, or vinyl tiles..

The foam mats look like this...

And the vinyl tiles look like this...

(Taken from Pinterest)

Does anyone use these or know which one would be better for my guinea pigs?
Thank you for your time! :)
 

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I would be worried they would chew the vinyl , l have seen pigs do this before , :vom:
Oh wow, that's weird. I mean it's a smooth surface, but I guess they can always find something to get to. I'm going to get the mats tomorrow or Thursday, and will put it together sometime this weekend!
 

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Oh wow, that's weird. I mean it's a smooth surface, but I guess they can always find something to get to. I'm going to get the mats tomorrow or Thursday, and will put it together sometime this weekend!
Hi there , yup it's a soothe surface now! But after a few months of weeing and cleaning , the moisture will leach under the tiles thru the minutest cracks between tiles, eventually , just like the ones we use in our bathe rooms and toilets, causing them to bend and lift !
This is were there is a danger of them chewing them , as the little monkies love to chew lol.
If it were me , l think l might be inclined to use a leanth of bathroom quality vinal, and tack it down seculy along the edges.
Or l would use those interlocking squares you have , but l would smear thin layer of silicone selant on the underside were they join, to create a waterproof seal .
 

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For me it would depend on what you plan to have on top of the tiles.
I had the foam ones when my kids were little to create a soft play surface for them (all the floors in our house are tile or wood).
The foam tiles were great and very hard wearing, plus a bit softer than regular vinyl tiles, so I think they would make a good surface for guinea pigs to live on with a bit more cushioning. But they would definitely need to be covered in a waterproof layer to prevent urine getting down into the joins - that would be yucky!
Vinyl tiles are also a good alternative, but one large piece of lino would probably be better (eliminating the problem of joins which can be tricky to clean and could get smelly).

But both are great ideas, and I would love to see pictures of your set up when it is done.
 

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For me it would depend on what you plan to have on top of the tiles.
I had the foam ones when my kids were little to create a soft play surface for them (all the floors in our house are tile or wood).
The foam tiles were great and very hard wearing, plus a bit softer than regular vinyl tiles, so I think they would make a good surface for guinea pigs to live on with a bit more cushioning. But they would definitely need to be covered in a waterproof layer to prevent urine getting down into the joins - that would be yucky!
Vinyl tiles are also a good alternative, but one large piece of lino would probably be better (eliminating the problem of joins which can be tricky to clean and could get smelly).

But both are great ideas, and I would love to see pictures of your set up when it is done.
I was planning on putting a clear shower curtain over the interlocking squares. Do you think that would be fine since it is waterproof?
 

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I was planning on putting a clear shower curtain over the interlocking squares. Do you think that would be fine since it is waterproof?
Hi, there ! I defanatly would strongly advise against pitting a shower curtain on top of the squares !! You pigs would be
Lightly to chew it , and that thin type of plastic could easily cause an intestinal blockage !
 

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