Corrugated Plastics and Guinea Pigs

coroplast cuttingImage courtesy of Interior Decorations

The corrugated plastic sheets are constructed with two parallel walls of plastic separated by perpendicular structures of alternating plastic and air pockets.

They say you learn something every day and today was no exception. Today I learned Coroplast is actually a brand name. Despite being a registered trademark of Coroplast, Inc. the brand has become so popular it is synonymous with all corrugated plastics much like Band-Aid with adhesive bandages, Xerox with photo copiers, and Jell-O with gelatin. Time to start capitalizing Coroplast from now on.

What is corrugated plastic exactly? The boards are constructed with two parallel walls of plastic separated by perpendicular structures of alternating plastic and air pockets. If you are familiar with corrugated cardboard or fiberboard, it is similar in structure. Corrugated plastic is generally made from a material called polypropylene which can be recycled. It is sturdy but lightweight and often used for signage and packaging. Most importantly, it is a major component of the custom built C&C style cages for small pets including guinea pigs.

So what about Coroplast the company? Coroplast brand corrugated plastics were created in Granby, Quebec in 1975. The 1976 Montreal Olympic Games used large quantities of the sign substrate and was important in launching the company’s early development. Today, they are the leading manufacturer of corrugated plastic sheets in North America. Some other brands that make similar items are IntePro, Correx, and Twinplast.

Large sheets of corrugated plastic can be purchased online or found locally in signage stores or hobby shops. They can be rolled for ease of shipping or travel. Some guinea pig rescues will assist you in making a guinea pig cage and may also sell supplies or cage kits including sheets of corrugated plastic. They come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses. Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue recommends using a 4mm thick piece of corrugated plastic so it can be cut for the size of your guinea pig cage. The best size board for you needs depends on the shape of your cavy cage so it is best to design and measure your cage in advance. For more details on making your own C&C style cage, check out the information found online at Cavy Cages.

While custom pet cages created with cubes and corrugated plastic have been growing in popularity over the past decade, large pet supply chains have yet to make the switch from small manufactured cages. C&C cages are encouraged and supported by guinea pig rescues. Whether you have two, three, or a dozen cavies, these custom cages are flexible in design and can contain your herd and their changing needs.

With floors, ramps, and dividers, corrugated plastics make it possible for us to customize our cavy cages in so many ways. You might have some difficulty if this is your first time sizing and cutting a large sheet for your cavy setup. However, with patience, you can create a beautiful and unique cage that your guinea pigs will love and is an attractive addition to your home.

If you have a great idea for an article about guinea pigs, please let us know. Guinea Pig Today is a network of guinea pig lovers and we’re always looking for the next great story. View our submissions page for more information on how to submit your idea.

Angela, Editor-in-Chief, GPT

Angela founded Guinea Pig Today and guest writes for CavyMadness. She volunteers with Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue and supports the ROUS Foundation. Her guinea pig, Papua, is the star of WHEK-TV/DT.

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One Response to “Corrugated Plastics and Guinea Pigs”
  1. Brian says:

    Fantastic ideas. We decided to get four guniea pigs for our kids, only on the condition that they weren’t stuck in a small space. Corrugated plastic sheets really came in handy when we decided to make our own giant enclosure for them.

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