The reason I choose fleece for Sam and Dean is because of the size of their cage. It would take a ton of paper bedding for them if I went that route. As it is with my older pigs, I go through 4-5 of the large packages of bedding every month. It would take double that amount if I use it for all of them.
I never take my babies outside in the heat of the day. I also give them overhead cover while the sun shines on them unabated. I know folks who have lost piggies to the heat even though they had shade. Mine only go out when the temperature is between 65 and 75 as recommended by the humane society. Even in that range, you can never be too careful.
Yes, at that time of day the sun is not an issue.
Sammy weighed in at 2.42 pounds, which is right at the top of his optimal weight range. Just have to be careful not to over feed him. His urine was milky white when I first got him, but it's mostly cleared up now. This we know because he let loose all over the place while his nails were being trimmed. He squealed like he was being tortured during the whole process. He just didn't like being poked and prodded. Everything is good with him and he's a healthy young cavy. Just have to monitor his ears.
Dean weighs 2.16 pounds. Perfect! His urine is still milky white, but it's getting better. Just not as quickly as Sammy's. Continuing the proper diet I have him on should clear it up. The exam was stressful for him too which tells me that probably neither he nor Sammy were getting regular check ups. Everything else is good to go. Healthy young cavy. Just have to monitor his ears.
I'm relieved that these guys are healthy. They can eat their fill of grass and dandelion greens as long as it's not been sprayed with insecticides and weed killer. That's not a problem since I never use them.
I got this idea to make my own guinea pig hammock to see if Sammy or Dean would be interested in laying in it just because guinea pigs in hammocks are adorable. My money was on Sammy to be the first to get in it, but all he wanted to do is sniff it, nibble on it and get under it and hide. Dean, on the other hand got right in it. Guess I don't know them as well as I thought! I might have to make more of these for Scruffy and Mr Bubbles.