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    Question Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    I remember owning a chinchilla, and how it was completely necessary to own a cooling pad for them. I live in a desert, and it can get pretty hot indoors, even with the air conditioning on. So, to be brief as possible, is it smart to get a cooling pad for a guinea pig? Maybe I just don't fully understand their importance in chinchilla care compared to guinea pig care, but I was just wondering.

    If it's not smart to use one, then what is the healthiest way to keep your guinea pig cool during the summer? I'm sure fans aren't healthy, and my parents think it's pointless too, so I need an alternative. Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    Sine people put ice packs I top of the pigloo and that works a treat

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    **some** sorry

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    I don't get why fans aren't healthy. You just don't want it to be a hurricane in their cage otherwise everyone uses fans.
    I get these penguin icy cool lunch box ice mats. I put a fleece over it so she doesn't chew it. She sometimes puts just her head on the end of it, her back end, or she'll just lay on it. Good stuff and it's flatter than the traditional ice packs.

    http://icycools.myshopify.com/collec...sable-ice-mats

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artista View Post
    I don't get why fans aren't healthy. You just don't want it to be a hurricane in their cage otherwise everyone uses fans.
    I get these penguin icy cool lunch box ice mats. I put a fleece over it so she doesn't chew it. She sometimes puts just her head on the end of it, her back end, or she'll just lay on it. Good stuff and it's flatter than the traditional ice packs.

    http://icycools.myshopify.com/collec...sable-ice-mats
    That definitely looks like something my guinea pig would end up chewing through... I don't really trust something like that. What's wrong with cooling pads, anyway? Maybe some people misunderstood me. By cooling pad, I meant something like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Kaytee-Chinchi.../dp/B000A7707O

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pipandpoppy View Post
    Sine people put ice packs I top of the pigloo and that works a treat
    That's a pretty smart idea... I'll have to try that!

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pipandpoppy View Post
    **some** sorry
    Why some...? Are some of them dangerous?

    *EDITED* Oh, whoops. I didn't realize that you were correcting your own post. I thought you were talking about some cooling pads being safe.

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brittany Burdo View Post
    That definitely looks like something my guinea pig would end up chewing through... I don't really trust something like that. What's wrong with cooling pads, anyway? Maybe some people misunderstood me. By cooling pad, I meant something like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Kaytee-Chinchi.../dp/B000A7707O
    Mine would chew it too, which is why there is a larger fleece over it. It's got purified water in it in case it leaks. What you're looking at says it keeps the area a little cooler than the surroundings. It's not going to be like an ice mat. Every 3-4 hours I change out the ice mat and I don't live in the desert. I think you need to use ice mat, ice something, for living in the desert and your home being warm even with the a/c on.

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artista View Post
    Mine would chew it too, which is why there is a larger fleece over it. It's got purified water in it in case it leaks. What you're looking at says it keeps the area a little cooler than the surroundings. It's not going to be like an ice mat. Every 3-4 hours I change out the ice mat and I don't live in the desert. I think you need to use ice mat, ice something, for living in the desert and your home being warm even with the a/c on.
    That link I used was like, one of the first things that came up when I searched for it, and I didn't really read the description. But an ice-pack does actually seem a lot smarter, now that I think about it... a lot smarter than just a rock. I think I'll start using one when the fans in my room stop being as useful... thank you!

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    I use a combination of both ice packs and fans. Just make sure the fan isn't directly on them. You pretty much just want it to circulate the air around the cage. Those ice mats are also qn excellent idea and I will be trying it soon to. The bonus is it has purified water in it so its not harmful if they damage it. Also for the ice packs you want to cover them with fleece or a towel. You don't want them to touch the ice pack itself.

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    If you don't have one already get a clip on thermometer for the outside of their cage, that way you can monitor what temperature it is around the cage.

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    Re: Cooling Pads for Guinea Pigs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brittany Burdo View Post
    Why some...? Are some of them dangerous?

    *EDITED* Oh, whoops. I didn't realize that you were correcting your own post. I thought you were talking about some cooling pads being safe.
    No the ice packs just keep the pigloo a nice temperature

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