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Rescues won't allow pigloos- why?

bubbleandsugar

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Hi,
I was looking at the adoption process for Small Angels and noticed that their application says you aren't allowed to have any pigloos. Any ideas why? I was wondering, I've never heard a bad word about them before and my pigs love them.
 
I've heard two complaints. One is the there is not enough air circulation in them. Second is that this is only one entrance. One piggy can trap and bully another in there and they don't have a back door to escape.
 
I haven't heard of any rescues that won't allow them. I mean they aren't the best hideys you can use. Like @miniver said, only one opening isn't a great idea and air circulation is limited. Plus a lot of pigs will poop exclusively in there and then sleep in there which, as you can imagine, isn't the best situation. A stepstool is a better option than a pigloo. Multiple openings, open air circulation and they still feel protected. My pigs love to rest under the stepstool. You can also make a fleece forest or a fleece tent for the corner of the cage.
 
I haven't heard of any rescues that won't allow them. I mean they aren't the best hideys you can use. Like @miniver said, only one opening isn't a great idea and air circulation is limited. Plus a lot of pigs will poop exclusively in there and then sleep in there which, as you can imagine, isn't the best situation. A stepstool is a better option than a pigloo. Multiple openings, open air circulation and they still feel protected. My pigs love to rest under the stepstool. You can also make a fleece forest or a fleece tent for the corner of the cage.

My pigloos aren't currently in the cage, I use them for floor time only. Right now they've got a fleece forest, a tent, a bunkbed, 5" PVC pipes that they sleep in, and a few cushions.
 
Then you haven't been on here very long, because I've been campaigning against them for years. Some rescues do allow them, but I'm glad to know there's one that doesn't.

The air quality is terrible, and they're just invitations for one pig to trap another inside.
 
We have hundreds of pigloos here at the rescue. People always donate them when they surrender their pigs. We don't use them, I just wash them and give them away. Pigs tend to flip them over, then sit in them and urinate. Which then soaks up into their fur.

Oh, I do use them sometimes when it gets chilly outside.
 
I used to have a pigloo for every pig but stopped using the them for the same reasons as @foggycreekcavy. Now I use the little plastic barn houses. Same concept, but the opening is bigger so the ventilation is better
 
I quite using my pigloos cause my piggies would go in there and refuse to come out for days for food, or water, or anything else for that matter. nearly lost one because of a pigloo, took it away and he came back to life.
 
I have pigloos, but also several other types of hideys, and I rotate them. I didn't use them in the early days of having Quinn and Amy together because of occasional bullying. Now they've very bonded, but I still always have two pigloos in at a time, even though they seem to prefer being together in one now. Actually, they seem to like free/easy things like shoeboxes with a hole cut into either end just as well (that was a staple when they were learning to get along).
 
Are we discussing just normal pigloos, or large ones too?

My girls have a large pigloo that they snuggle in together, and so I don't have a problem with it. However, if my girls were really aggressive, the opening wasn't letting in enough air, or I didn't clean everything as often as I do, I wouldn't use it. (I don't even use normal pigloos either, just big ones.)
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I have no problems with pigloos. I have footstools and pigloos in their cages but they all sleep in the pigloos. I put a fresh layer of fleece under them once a day and shake it out in between. I've never had a guinea pig suffer any ill effects from them.
 
I use pigloos. My pigs won't use any other type of hidey house. If you keep it clean underneath, and clean the inside of the pigloo regularly with warm water, I don't think the air quality should be that bad.
 
In my two boys cage I use a step stool with a piece of fleece over the top for more privacy, a couple of pigloos and a tunnel. One of my boys uses the stool and tunnel more often, and one will ONLY sleep in a pigloo. He will sometimes go under the stool with the other boy and sit in the tunnel, but if the pigloos are gone, he will just huddle into a corner until I put them back. He just doesn't seem to trust anything with too many openings for vulnerable sleep time, because he is usually quite a rambunctious little thing. My girls have pigloos because of the same reason as the one boy, but I also have a small storage box type of thing with holes that I used to zip tie to the side of their cage like a little bunk bed, it has a little fleece pillow for the bottom and fleece over the top. I personally think if they have other options but choose a pigloo, it cant be all that uncomfortable for them. I don't understand the argument of them going to the bathroom under them? it's not as if they wont go under something that has a wider opening, or more entrances/exits. Either way, my pigloos have pretty wide openings and I vacuum out their cages twice a day.
 
I will admit to using pigloos for my four older girls. They have always had them and I feel that taking them away would be far too stressful for them at this stage of their lives. However I never started my two youngest pigs on pigloos. I have a fleece forest and I bought a large Cozy Cottage from The Cozy Cavy for them. I have a loft liner and a couple of little round mats under the Cottage for them. I am so glad that I never introduced pigloos to them because it's wonderful to see them sleeping side by side. My other pigs wouldn't dream of ever sleeping close to each other. I will never go back to pigloos again.

My senior neutered male and female sleep together in their double pigloo. Sometimes they even rest their heads together.
 
My piggies wont even go in their pigloo. They much prefer their fleece forest. Im really surprised; i thought they would love the pigloo.
 
These are some older photos. When I had four in a cage, the girls would all sleep together in the double pigloo. I'd often have two in a single.
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