Fleece Bedding: Is it Right for You?

To Fleece or Not to Fleece? That is the Question.

Willow on Fleece

Willow enjoying the snuggle sack as a bed.

With all this talk about cage type and bedding types, it has come to this. One of the most commonly asked questions we get is “should we switch to fleece” or “what are the pros and cons of fleece”? 

I can’t lie. Fleece looks wonderful in guinea pig cages. Customizing cages with different fleece designs has been a favorite activity for many pet owners who use fleece bedding. However, fleece bedding isn’t as easy as it looks. What many people don’t know is that it’s a trade off. Beautiful aesthetic, but more maintenance.

 

The Three Big Questions

Before you go out and switch over to fleece bedding, you need to ask yourself the following questions (and be honest with yourself because at the end of the day, it is the pig’s happiness at stake).  Continue reading

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Hammock and Snuggle Sack Finally Completed

White Sox Hammock and Snuggle SackWorking on a lot of items that will be introduced to Willow once we move!

Yesterday I completed the hammock and snuggle sack which are White Sox themed to honor the guy in my life who I will be moving in with. Since he’d see the cage as much as me, I wanted to make sure he felt apart of it.

Willow won’t get to try out the hammock until we get to our new place (so I can secure it and make sure it’s safe), but he did try out the snuggle sack.

Willow in Cuddlesack

He seems to really like it except for the fact that I might have accidentally made it too narrow. It’s great for any pig, but since Willow keeps trying to lay down (like he is in that picture), and since he’s obviously longer, he’s looking a bit cramped. He’ll have to adjust – or wait until whenever I make a new wider sack. ❤

My upcoming projects for the week are the following: finishing a second fleece liner for the cage, making lap pads, and creating that fleece forest! I can’t wait to see how all of this looks put together.

Common Colors of Both Liners and the Other Accessories: Blues, Purples, Blacks, and Whites (minus the brown and green kiwi cuddle bed).

 

Willow’s reaction when I was taking pictures…



For those who do not know and are iffy seeing the cage sizes currently of the guinea pigs, please see here for our notice!


 

Fleece Bedding – Getting the Absorbent Layer from UHaul

Changing to fleece has definitely taken a lot of time and research. Who knew there were so many components!

Learning about the Cage Liners – I call them fleece liners to differentiate them – I found that fleece by itself doesn’t do it! Besides just fleece that is properly prepared, you need to get an absorbent layer to have under the fleece.

I checked out guineapigcages.com’s forum (one of the forums) for the best absorbent layer that would work for me and the guineas.

I decided that for longevity sake, I’d go with UHaul Liners! So I took time earlier in the week to order UHaul Liners from our local dealer.


UHaul Adventure – Absorbent Layer? Done, Done, and Done

It’s not everyday that the local U-Haul dealer nearby gets a call from someone asking if they know whether or not their furniture pads are made of recycled denim and if they could sell some to you.

The Conversation with my Local UHaul Dealer Went a Bit like This:

Him: “Well, what are you looking to use the Uhaul Liners for? Couches? Fridges?”

Me: “Oh, it’s not for moving furniture or anything like that. I know I need the recycled denim ones because they’re pretty absorbent.”

Him: “Yeah, they are. Are you worried about something leaking and to catch it?”

Me: “Oh, no. It’s not for moving. I want to buy padding to line my guinea pig’s cage.”

Him: “…you… you want furniture liners to use with your guinea pigs??”

Me: “If they are recycled denim, yes!”

Him: *silence with rustling papers*

Me: “Hello??”

Him: “Yeah. I’ve been working with UHaul for a VERY long time, and this is the most in depth question I’ve ever gotten… and interesting. But yes, it says recycled denim… I don’t sell them here though. You’d have to go to X to get them.”

Me: “..Oh.. okay. I was just hoping to get the fleece down sooner. Do you have the address or number of the place?”

Him: “This is for pets of yours??”

Me: “Yeah. I did research and it’s supposed to be really great being the adsorbent layer under fleece and is just better for my pet since he has allergies.”

Him: “…how soon do you need it? If you can wait a week, I can order some for you and have them shipped here so you can just pick them up here on maybe Tuesday or Wednesday.”

 

I wish I could’ve recorded the whole call. His voice was very much like, ‘you’re joking..’ But he seemed to have come around by Monday when I picked up the liners from there! 

I certainly was tempted to have the guineas come with for a car trip, but they wouldn’t have appreciated it. Instead I went along with two friends to pick up everyone’s liners.

I’m off to go prep the liners and get them ready for making new fleece liners/bedding for the new cages!

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Willow on UHaul Furniture Pads/Liners.

Sleep My Little One: First Fleece Cuddle Cup Trials 1/2

Sleep My Little One… You must be Exhausssttedd…

– Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride

 

I mentioned in “To Fleece, or Not to Fleece…! That is the Question” post that I have already tested out the fleece a bit by making a kiwi cuddle cup for the guineas – with hilarious results! Mostly because it was too small for two of the guinea pigs. We used it to be the ‘test’ kiwi, but it created a lot of funny pictures – as you’ll see below!

I was inspired to make my own after browsing Pinterest and seeing this picture:

Credit of Idea and Picture to: TheCozyHut on Etsy which I found through Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/449867450259664986/).

It seemed like a fun little thing to see the guinea pigs sleep in! Tropical, bright, and packed with vitamin C! — at least the actual fruit is. 

 

This is our first Kiwi Cuddle Cup – with four more or so to follow! This one was made with specifications that York gave us. Not too shabby, right? Definitely more fluffy!

Note: We will be posting the tutorial on how to make the beds later this month, but until then, enjoy the pictures of one of the piggies loving the bed! Due to sizing after our size trials – this is now Cora’s bed. She is the smallest of the guinea pigs so she fit perfectly! The other two.. well… that’s another post for another day. 



CORA’S Rating and Review:

 5/5 Stars!

Cora now sleeps in comfort alongside her human as he does gaming, watch anime, and other computer things. She loves the bed so much that she’ll crawl into the bed and happily sit alongside York for hours (until nature calls anyway). It’s her new favorite place to nap, even including her igloo! Comfy, safe, and loved. 5 Stars from this cavy!