View Full Version : are towel beds safe?

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?

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!

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

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

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!

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.

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!

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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!!

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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