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    Do the patterns matter?

    This might seem like a silly question, but I'm making cage liners and I let my daughter pick out the fleece. She chose the following 2 patterns, and I'm good with the pawprint one, but I'm a little concerned that the pink zebra print is going to be a bit much for the piggies. Do they seem to react differently to different colors/patterns negatively or positively? I don't want to freak them out, LOL!

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    Re: Do the patterns matter?

    I don't think it would, but I've never thought of that.
    When I was using fleece, I had some interesting patterns (one was cheetah) and I had some plan colours. I never noticed them acting any differently when they were on the patterned fleece. I think it gives them something interesting to look at.

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    Re: Do the patterns matter?

    The only experience with having them react to color was when I put them into this bright orange children's pool for play time.......they seemed terrified of it! Of course, it could have been that it was unfamiliar, or that somehow the surface with wood shavings didn't suit them.

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    Re: Do the patterns matter?

    I have a set of neon pink and yellow tie dye fleece. When I put it in their cage the first time, they were afraid to step on it. They stayed in their kitchen area and slowly tried to step on it. Guinea pigs see in color. Once they got used to it, they weren't fazed by it.

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    Re: Do the patterns matter?

    How much color do guinea pigs actually see?

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    Re: Do the patterns matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inle_Rabbit View Post
    How much color do guinea pigs actually see?
    I have no idea how much they see but from what I've read, they can differentiate primary colors. I can tell that mine react to colors and strong patterns. They were very interested in the white and black Chicago White Sox fleece I have.

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    Re: Do the patterns matter?

    My first sets of fleece were in subdued colors & grays, and I noticed a big difference when I changed to pastels & turquoise where the pigs became more active & happy connected to the weekly full cage change.

    I'd say both patterns are nice, but the black stripes could look dirtier faster. With hay, hair & occasional sludge stains. I stay completely clear of black now for this reason. Also, anti-pill polar fleece is by far the best & long lasting kind.

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    Re: Do the patterns matter?

    I use multiple fleece pads and usually try and have one piece of solid black or blue in their cage so I can monitor for sludge.

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