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lilipution1013
11-05-04, 09:55 pm
i'm thinking of sewing a couple old towels in order to make my piggy a nice little bed...kinda like a sock to sleep in. i'm wondering if the fibers in the towel would be bad for her?

mncavylover
11-07-04, 02:20 pm
They generally don't chew on them too much, and I think they shouldn't be a problem. At least I've never heard of it causing difficulties. Cozies are very cute!

lilipution1013
11-07-04, 03:44 pm
excellent. yay, now i get to sew.

mncavylover
11-07-04, 04:59 pm
Fun! I hope it goes well for you!

loves2travel
11-07-04, 11:08 pm
fleece works great as well! My girl loves sleeping in her fleece cozie. evry time she finishes eating, she crawls into her cozy and has a nap. what a life!

lilipution1013
11-08-04, 01:52 am
aw, that is SOOO cute!!!

my little girl loves to curl up inside my sweatshirt and watch TV. she's such a little snuggle-bug. hehe. i'm going to sew up a towel bed for her tonight and maybe get some fleece or other cushy fabric later...after she shreds this one, lol.

Piglet
11-08-04, 04:48 pm
Yes, towels are safe. I used to use them for bedding and I never had any problems. Pictures would be great!

Starbucks
11-09-04, 02:35 am
towels should be fine because my piggies just love it. just make sure there are no loose ends or long threads that the piggies can get stuck in.

agpiggy
11-09-04, 03:38 am
my piggies think that the towels are food lol everytime there is a towel insite they start chewing them!! can it harm them at all?

tashagurl
11-09-04, 11:09 am
Yea, if they eat them then they can cause a blockage in their stomachs or their intestines. You should take the towels out and make sure nothing is wrong with your pig.

mncavylover
11-10-04, 05:10 pm
Really? I've used them in floor time, and they've never tried eating the towels. Are you sure, tasha?

lilipution1013
11-10-04, 06:22 pm
i was at the pet supply store last night and i saw some great little fleece cozies made for ferrets, but they were $15!!! that's kinda ridiculous if you ask me. i'd rather just go to the fabric store and get a yard of fleece for like $5. they did have a lot of really cute other stuff, tho. lol. good thing i'm broke or i'd have bought it all!

P.S. off-topic, sorta, but...speaking of broke. there's this store going out of business on fillmore street (in sf) and everything is 50 - 88 % off. yet the jacket i was looking at was STILL $125 and the t-shirt was $50. for a t-shirt!!! no wonder they're going out of business.

agpiggy
11-11-04, 04:38 am
ok, the only have the towels during floor every now and then but yeh i dont think ill use them any more!!

loves2travel
11-11-04, 02:14 pm
really? towels cause blockage??? i use towels during floor time, in fact, I just bought 15 the other day for that purpose. oh no!

tashagurl
11-11-04, 03:55 pm
No need to worry about it if they dont try to eat them. Most dont. All five of mine dont. I was just putting it out there so IF your pig decided the towel looked tasty you could fix it imediatly. I use towels for bedding too. I tuck the edges underneath so they wont even be tempted. The only problem I have is if they have a frill on the side. Then the pig thinks its great fun to chew it up. Sorry to worry everyone.

mncavylover
11-11-04, 04:43 pm
Ok, thanks for the helpful info. Mine don't chew, so I think we're safe there!

DocDolittle
11-27-04, 01:26 pm
My pig doesn't like to eat towels, but he grabs the strings with his teeth and unravels the towel. If I hold him for more than an hour, about one fourth of the towel is just string, it's humorous, but you have to be careful. I was pulling string out of his anus for quite sometime, so now I discourage his unraveling the towel as much as I can.

agpiggy
11-27-04, 10:11 pm
lol eeewww poor piggie, yeh i wouldnt do that anymore if i was you!!!

mncavylover
11-27-04, 10:36 pm
Yuck! Glad I haven't had the pleasure yet.

DocDolittle
11-27-04, 10:51 pm
Yes, it was a bit gross, and he didn't like it one bit. But I am a bit concerned that towel fibers cause blockage, so I would ask a vet.

sasha
01-08-05, 10:22 pm
i am getting another guinea pig to pair with my current single one, and she is into everything, i am almost afraid to put anything her teeth are capable of chewing into her cage (except cardboard, paper, etc) so i usually end up just lining the bottom of a homemade cardboard or paperbag house with soft bedding. I am making her a big c and c cage so that she can start life with her new friend off on the right foot(5x3, 2x3 upper) but i am almost worried she will try to eat the coroplast. Does anyone know if the same guinea pigs that try to eat towels also try this, b/c i would like to know if i have to make the walls a little higher or add some plexiglass with airholes or something now, before she eats half the cage. If so, any ideas on how to prevent this are appreciated. Thanks

AngelsCavies
01-09-05, 01:35 pm
They really cant chew through the coroplast. I wouldnt use towels at all cause it really absorbs the odor pee smell. I use straight fleece and news paper under the fleece. I dont use bedding for the whole cage. I use bedding in the litter pan and the loft for their feeding. Take a look at my pics I have posted on here and you can see what I mean. Good luck

mncavylover
01-09-05, 08:00 pm
I agree, they won't eat the coro.