Guinea Pig 101: Fleece Bedding

Guinea Pig 101: Comprehensive Guide to Fleece Bedding

If you're a guinea pig owner ("piggy slave" to those in the know) curious about the fleece that you keep seeing around then you've come to the right place.

When I first started looking into fleece as a bedding alternative, information on the topic was difficult to come by. Eight pigs, many years, and countless loads of laundry later, I can safely say that I have more than enough experience with the stuff. You only need to look at the closet that my pigs have commandeered to see the proof.

Lack of storage space aside, here's our comprehensive guide to fleece bedding.

How to layer fleece bedding
Have questions about how to use fleece in your guinea pig's cage? Start here for an introduction to the basics.

Fleece bedding pros and cons
Fleece Bedding Pros & Cons
A list of things to consider before making the switch.

Hungry pigs 
How to Choose and Buy the Right Fleece
Not all types are well suited for guinea pig bedding. Find out where to buy fleece, what type to look for, and a few other tips before heading to the store.

How to prepare fleece for your guinea pig
4 Easy Steps to Preparing Fleece
Fleece requires prewashing before it can be used as bedding in your cavy's cage. Follow these straightforward steps.

8 absorbent liners to pair with fleece 
8 Absorbent Liners to Use Underneath Fleece Bedding
A list of options to layer underneath fleece - essential to keeping your cavy dry!

11 Tips to Clean Your Guinea Pig's Fleece Bedding
11 Tips to Spotless Fleece Bedding
Okay, so spotless may be a relative term - but keeping fleece clean is easier than you'd think.

9 Solutions to Stop Fleece Burrowing
9 Simple Solutions to Stop Fleece Burrowing
A few ways to discourage determined pigs from tunneling under the bedding or digging it up.

guineapig C and C fleece cage tour 
Spring Themed C&C Fleece Cage Tour
See how it all comes together! A bonus look at our most recent cage setup, complete with hay racks, cage accessories, and more.


  1. Love the cover picture. You have written some terrific posts on fleece!

  2. This is an amazing collection of resources you have put together.

  3. Hooray! Glad to hear that both you and your piggies are enjoying it!

  4. Thanks so much, Alice! Actually, your blog is what convinced me to change from traditional piggy bedding to fleece...you're right, it's great and I've never looked back!! My cavies love it and it's so much cheaper and easier!

  5. Thanks! Hopefully the articles can be of help to newcomers to fleece.

  6. Thank you for creating such a comprehensive guide to fleece bedding! I'm going to adopt a piggy this summer and I'm really excited about using an alternative to paper bedding.

  7. Thank you for this blog! I learned rhat glass bottles are better than plastic and which bedding is preferd! This helped alot im getting 2 guinea pigs soon!!

  8. Thank you so much for providing the information on fleece bedding. My pigs love it so much and I love how nice their cages look (and smell!!)

  9. Glad you and your pigs are all fans! :)