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    Fleece Chewer to the MAX

    Hello all! My lovely sow, Sarabi, has taken to the bad habit of fleece chewing. And I don't mean a nibble here and a nibble there, I mean something the size of a small country is getting chewed up. She ate so much of the fleece Forrest, we had to take it completely out of the cage. We threw out the old liners because of the holes she chewed. I know it's her because I've seen her, and only her be the fleece destroyer. Any tips?

    I've included her first chew up project, and I took that out right when I first noticed it, which was probably within a day or two. I'm just worried for her health, because she has consumed A LOT of fleece. She doesn't seem to have a specific fancy between polar/non-polar, color, or length of time in use. Anybody else facing the same problem?

    Neither Pumpkin nor Nala chew, and Sarabi's biological daughter, Butternut, doesn't chew either. She has a 24/7 supply of hay and water. Veggies are served twice a day, along with pellets being served twice a day. No changes in environment, pets, or season when she started chewing. They have a hay rack, to prevent her from chewing fleece where her hay lands. They also usually have a cardboard box or sorts in there to chew on too, along with little (guineapigcages.com approved) wooden blocks.

    Here is her first project:
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    And the culprit herself as of 5 minutes ago:
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    Re: Fleece Chewer to the MAX

    I don't really have an answer, but I'll bump this as it doesn't have any responses.

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    Re: Fleece Chewer to the MAX

    Anyone? Mods?

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    Re: Fleece Chewer to the MAX

    Have you tried wood shavings?

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    Re: Fleece Chewer to the MAX

    Definitely keeping an eye on this thread. I have no solution for you, but at least one of my three pigs has suddenly started to do the same exact thing after two and a half years. Except, they're chewing even bigger holes... in the middle of the floor. Baffling, isn't it?
    Personally, using wood shavings isn't really an option for my situation. We used to, but I live with my boyfriends' folks and they complained about them getting spilled or kicked out of the cage and all over the place and into the floor vent, etc.

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    Re: Fleece Chewer to the MAX

    @LoveMyHerd I personally don't like shavings for the exact reasons @sabrinaxceleste listed. They're so expensive, take forever to clean out of a 2x6, and they're often dusty too. Plus, the girls just got moved to my sewing room downstairs and I don't want my dogs eating wood shavings or it getting all over my fabrics.

    Sabrina, I agree! It's a wierd! I had her for over a year then boom-she started chewing. They're in the corners, middle, by her food, water, loose fleece, fleece liners, anything. She chews on my sweatshirts and stuff too! It's like she's a teething puppy.

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    Re: Fleece Chewer to the MAX

    Have you had her teeth checked by a vet? There may be a problem with them, requiring her to chew everything incessantly.

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    Re: Fleece Chewer to the MAX

    Chewing can be a sign of pain. I would have her checked out by a vet.
    http://www.guinealynx.info/pain.html

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    Re: Fleece Chewer to the MAX

    Okay. I will set a vet appointment soon. Thank you all. I will keep you updated.

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