Guinea Pig Cage Tips and Techniques to Prevent Chewing
Coroplast may be delightful to chew, but I have discovered that not all plastic is the same. Turns out that plastic report cover spines are a great deterrent. A long time ago, you could buy the spine separately from the report covers. Recently, I have only found them as a package deal, but I’m sure it’s still possible to get the binding bar by itself if you shop around. It’s not expensive – six report covers with binders run about $3. You can find them at just about any office supply store.
The binder spine solution has worked for years, without a hitch… until one my recent pigs has taken an interest in coroplast. What makes Pinniped so bad is that she’s purposely going for the exposed sections right next to the protectors. Alas, all of my binder bars are in use. Even if I had more, they wouldn’t fit over the double width (folded over) coroplast in the corners of the cage.So I’m trying out a new solution: I’ve draped a bit of fleece over the raw edges of the coroplast and binder clipped it into place. It might not slow down the most determined chewer, but I am hoping it will dampen Pinni’s interest. It’s only been a week, but she’s been leaving it alone.
Another favored obstruction is using paper tubes, sliced down the sides and slid over the coroplast edges. I hadn’t considered using this, because I thought it would be trading one chew-thing for another. However, unless your pigs can get their teeth along a side edge, they’re going to have a hard time finding a starting point to begin chewing. It is certainly a quick and inexpensive fix. They’re also very easy to replace if they get soiled or chewed.
I have also recently heard about using PVC track to cover the edges. It can be purchased at the hardware store and can be cut to the size you need. It appears to be slightly wider than the coroplast, and sits on top of the coroplast edge. It works similarly to the report binding bars in that it’s hard to chew and is not as interesting as the coroplast to guinea pigs.
So if one of your guinea pigs seems to have grand designs on their coroplast cages, one of these ideas might help dissuade them. Of course, then you may have to watch out for what they choose as their next hobby.
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