Guinea Pig Care
2. Cage, Habitat - Minimum Size 8 Sq Ft (2.5 m)
Guinea Pigs need a minimum of 8 Square feet living space (2.5 meters) and more is better. At the L.A. Guinea Pig Rescue we recommend the C&C cage that you build yourself using the organizing grids (cubes) and a sheet of corrugated plastic. (coroplast) This method is easy to assemble, inexpensive, and easy to clean and maintain.
I've made a video about how to make a C&C cage. It is very straightforward and simple, but there are a few steps you want to get "just right" or you may have to start over or "fix" your mistakes. Please watch the entire video and pay attention to the details, so you won't waste your time and money by cutting in the wrong place or the wrong size. I cover all the "GOTCHAS" so that you don't get frustrated redoing the construction after a miscalculation. It sounds intense, but your C&C cage can be built in less than an hour, even if you get fancy with your design. Also, C&C cages are easy to modify and expand. Here's my "How to Make a Good C&C Cage" (The Right Way!)
To Build a Guinea Pig C&C Cage you will need:
1 giant piece of corroplast. Located at home/ hardware stores, It needs to be big enough for the floor & sides. (48" X 96" makes up to 2X5) Watch the video for instructions.
A Package of Grids. A 2X3 cage requires 10 grids.
6 grids for the front and back + 2 for each side (4 grids)
A 2X4 cage requires 12 grids. 8 grids for the front and back + 2 for each side(4 grids) and so on (zip-ties required)
These C&C Grids are the ones we use at the L.A. Guinea Pig Rescue and are the best deal I've found for the quality. We recommend Kiln Dried Pine Shavings or Fleece. You can try making your own fleece pads, or support a Guinea Pig Fleece shop like Piggy Central, The Piggy Pantry or Lucy's Cozys. In the UK check out CandE Cosies. The most popular Guinea Pig Fleece Liners online are made by GuineaDad. Clicking the links & buying your supplies helps Scotty's Animals! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Thank You!
Maybe the C&C Cage sound too complicated, trust me its not, but the other cage we do recommend at the L.A. Guinea Pig Rescue is the Midwest Guinea (Pig) Habitat. It is sturdy and well made. It is 8 sq. ft. which is the minimum size we recommend for 2 guinea pigs. It can be put together in 5 minutes and the canvas bottom can be machine washed.
Hideys help your piggies feel safe & secure. Here's 3 that I love.
Fleece Bedding placed and changed strategically should also keep the canvas clean. I recommend having a larger fleece pad and then placing smaller pads under hideys or in kitchen and bathroom areas. These smaller pieces can be swapped out daily and washed in a large load at the end of the week.
Keep in mind with the right bedding, and regular (weekly) cleaning, the canvas should stay relatively clean. The right amount of Kiln Dried Pine Shavings is 2-3 inches deep after its been patted down.
How Much Work Is It REALLY?? Watch me do the chores required to maintain a Pine Shavings Guinea Pig Cage Set Up, and Also a Guinea Pig Cage Set Up that uses Fleece Pads. Remember they should be dedicated fleece Pads like the ones I recommend here: FLEECE PADS
Skinnypigs1, the YouTube channel has great ideas about fleece & FULL Cage Cleaning Videos. Are You Using Fleece Bedding Properly?
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Fleece Bedding Properly?
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