So you've decided to give fleece bedding a try. Hooray!
But wait - what kind do you need and where do you find it? Not all types of fleece will work as guinea pig bedding. Some varieties won't wick moisture away, leaving your wheekers with wet rumps. Sad panda.
Here's what you need to know before heading to the store.
WHAT TYPE OF FLEECE
Look for 100% polyester anti-pill fleece. This type is best suited for use as guinea pig bedding. Blizzard fleece is another good option but can trap hay more easily.
Avoid wool blends and glacier fleece, which will remain damp instead of wicking liquids away.
WHERE TO BUY FLEECE
You can purchase fleece by the yard at fabric stores, craft stores, and home goods stores.
We go to Joann Fabrics or Hancock Fabrics for our cavy bedding needs. Walmart also offers a limited selection.
Now comes the fun part: picking it out! With so many colors and patterns to choose from you're bound to find something that catches your eye. A few ideas to get you started:
- Opt for fleece in seasonal colors or patterns to include your pigs in the holiday spirit. Christmas, Easter, Halloween, winter, autumn - get creative!
- Go with a theme: polka dots, nautical, floral, animals, Hello Kitty, etc.
- Select varying shades of the same color. Check out this cage for an example.
- Let your piggies show their support for your favorite sports team by picking fleece in team colors.
- Poops are more visible on solid colored brights and pastels. Makes them easier to see so you don't leave any strays while cleaning.
- Dark colors and busy patterns camouflage beans for a cleaner appearance.
- Sign up for emails from fabric stores like Joann to save money when fleece goes on sale.
- Purchase a little more than you need. Extra fabric can be draped over a corner of the cage to form a hideaway tent or used to make accessories.
This is the third article in a multi-part series about using fleece bedding for your guinea pigs.