A History of Guinea Pig Cages: A Learning Curve
Years later, when I got guinea pigs as an adult, I bought a plastic bottomed cage with a wire top. It was still unbelievably tiny. I am embarrassed to even post the dimensions of that cage and two pigs lived in it for a few years.
I eventually realized that guinea pigs required more space to be happy and active and splurged on the biggest guinea pig/rabbit cage I could find. It cost me nearly $100 and it was (as I discovered later) still too small for a pair of guinea pigs.
At this point the internet was becoming a common resource and a wealth of information. I learned about C&C (cubes and coroplast) cages at Guinea Pig Cages. I discovered I could build a cage twice the size of my big one, for half the price. It took me a year of looking at C&C cages and reading testimonials before deciding I really needed to build one for myself. I had invested so much in the current cage, I couldn’t see just replacing it with this home-made one. And really, how much difference could there be in only a slightly bigger cage?I kicked myself for weeks after I made my 2×3 C&C cage for not having built one sooner. Truly amazing. It was much easier to clean. It went longer without requiring a change in bedding. Eclair and Teddi loved doing laps in it. They were calmer and friendlier because I wasn’t hovering over little cage opening to put food in or take them out. I was sold.
I’ve had a lot of fun with that cage over the years and all of my pigs have enjoyed it. C&C cages are modular. You can add to them, rearrange them, modify them to whatever the current situation requires. I still have that original 2×3 base. It has had a number of levels added to it, removed from it and it was briefly part of a divided 2×5 cage. It is now the base of a triple-decker and half of a divided L-shaped cage for my three pigs.
Guinea pigs are not climbers and generally speaking you want to build a cage out, not up. I had space constraints for the overall footprint, but I wanted to give my guinea pigs more room to run around and hang out. The additional levels took a little time for all of us to adjust to it. But now? Bertie particularly enjoys running up and down the levels. I think she popcorns on the third level and the ramp just because it has more bounce than the ground floor! I believe all of us, both human and guinea pig, really like this cage design. What a contrast from the humble, misinformed, aquarium beginnings. We have all benefited from my extensive education in guinea pig habitats.
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