How to Make a Guinea Pig Cage

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How to Make a Guinea Pig Cage

Guinea pigs make excellent starter pets and are good for owners with limited space. As members of the rodent family, they do have special requirements for their care such as chew toys, hiding places, a vitamin C rich diet, and exercise. The best place to start is to provide them with adequate space and an interactive environment. Some important considerations when deciding on a cage for a guinea pig is whether to buy a pre-made cage or to build a custom cage. There are many extras that are ideal for adding into any guinea pig cage.

 

Purchasing a Guinea Pig Cage

A pre-made cage is a good option when first starting out with a guinea pig. There are several designs available with models for one or multiple guinea pigs. For owners who would like to allow their pets to free range during the day there are portable options with wheels, or more permanent outdoor set ups. To offer a guinea pig exercise a multi-level cage with ramps is also a good choice.

Cage Size

However, some pre-made cages do not provide enough space for the animal. The RSPCA recommends that every guinea pig has 70 cm x 70 cm x 70 cm of cage space. The animal requires time to roam in a fenced space outside or in a secure room in the home for several hours a day if it has a smaller sized cage.

 

Making a Guinea Pig Cage

Making a custom guinea pig cage is an excellent option to ensure the animal has enough space and an interactive environment to pique its curiosity. If the pet owner is good with tools and has a basic knowledge of woodworking, the mesh screen and wood model takes just a few hours to build. However, these cages may be heavy, cumbersome, and difficult to clean.

Cage Types

Many manufacturers offer kits for purchase according to spacing guidelines. These kits include coated wire panels, plastic cage bottoms, and brackets for assembly.

 

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Advantages

Disadvantages

Pre-Made Cage

No tools or skills necessary

Portable

Easy to clean

Very secure

Smaller

Not interactive

Cost

Homemade Cage

Customisable

Size to suit

Reuse panels to build new configurations

Build into existing shelving

Harder to clean

Large cages mean more expense

Not as secure

 

Homemade cages do require some tools for making, and they are less portable and secure than pre-made cages. They are, however, easy to customise and to reassemble into new configurations.

 

Guinea Pig Cage Extras

No matter what type of cage is eventually used, all cages should include a few amenities to keep pets happy. Guinea pigs' teeth continue to grow throughout their lifetime, so it is important to provide them with chew toys or blocks of untreated wood to wear their teeth down. All cages should include wood shavings or hay to keep the animals warm and to help soak up waste.

Comfort Items

Guinea pigs like to sleep snuggled away and to play by crawling through, over and around different items. Guinea pig beds, clay flower pots, untreated bricks, wood blocks, toys, or cage ramps are all excellent ways to meet those needs. If a cage is kept in a room with variable temperatures, a heating lamp might be necessary.
Guinea pigs like a room temperature of between 15 and 27 degrees Celsius. Clean water is essential, and an inverted water bottle and a dispenser or a small, clean plate keeps food out of any animal waste.

 

How to Purchase Guinea Pig Accessories on eBay

You can purchase on the items needed to keep your new guinea pig happy from sellers on eBay. Merely type 'guinea pig' into the search bar found at the top of any eBay page. Narrow the search list by using keywords such as 'cage', 'toys', or 'bedding'. If you are just starting out with your guinea pig, keep an eye out for bundled items that include custom cage kits, housing supplies, feeding dishes and toys all in one package. Also, many eBay sellers offer guinea pig food and bedding as bulk items to guarantee you are able to buy everything you need as efficiently as possible.

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