Longer cage or wider cage?

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SardonicSmile

Post   » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:10 am


It has been a while since I had guinea pigs, but I am thinking of getting two girls again.

I know preferred cage sizes, but I have limited room. Most cages seem to be 2 x something (3 or 4 or 5 or more).

I can fit a 3x3, which is enough room for 2 piggies, but is it enough to do proper zoomies? Or should I try and rearrange things and attempt to get in a 2x4?

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:19 am


I bet you could set up a race track at the perimeter ;-)

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:34 am


Cages are usually 2 x something because they're easier to clean -- you can reach across two grids more easily than three.

By a 3x3 is actually larger than a 2x4, and is perfectly fine for two pigs.

SardonicSmile

Post   » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:06 am


Thank you.

SardonicSmile

Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:02 pm


Turned out I could not properly fit a 3x3 and still have plenty of space to move around in my livingroom.

I made a 2x4, on a grid stand with wheels. It is not perfect, but for a first try it isn’t half bad. Still need to make some finishing touches, but nearly ready for some new girls.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b7grv38pbqz82i4/IMG_20190709_212806319.jpg?dl=0

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Sef
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Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:07 pm


That looks terrific!

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mmeadow
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Post   » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:43 pm


Nice.

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Catie Cavy
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Post   » Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:42 am


Wow!

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:52 pm


It is beautiful! Would you like me to add it permanently to your topic for future readers?

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Sef
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Post   » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:32 pm


I didn't notice it the first time, but are those rollers underneath?

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CuteGuineas

Post   » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:44 pm


That is impressive!

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:28 pm


That really turned out nice. Two grids deep will be easier to reach across. And with the casters, the piggies will have a mobile home!

SardonicSmile

Post   » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:14 am


Sadly I had to remove the wheels because I am using wood pellets as their bedding. It got too heavy for the grids,they started to bend, too much pressure on a small surface. I think if I had used a lot more casters (like one at every grid corner) it might have held. (I will have a think about what to do next because I do want a moveable cage, especially for easier cleaning)
Right now the cage sits on a small carpet which is not anti slip, so the cage can stil be moved right along with the carpet, but it is limited moveability.)

If you use none heavy bedding it works great. Just ziptie the wheels to the grid. (Make sure the little plate on the wheel is slightly bigger than a square of the grid. I took a grid to the shop to make sure I had the right size.)

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Renonvsparky

Post   » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:22 am


Still a very nice setup. Some very lucky guinea pigs are going to have a very nice home. Please post pictures when you get them.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:54 pm


How about using those “Sliding Robots” that you see on the Seen on TV commercials? I put them on under the corners of our dog cage, and under a small refrigerator that we have. They have a foam pad on top and a hard smooth plastic on the bottom that glides across carpet and floors.

Otherwise you may have to make a wood frame for the casters kind of like the ones movers use with large furniture and appliances.

SardonicSmile

Post   » Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:22 pm


I will put a wood base on wheels underneath the cage. Will put screws through the middle of the bottom corner connectors to attach the cage to the base to keep it from moving. It is in the making.

Meanwhile I added plastic corner pieces to the cage to get rid of the folded flaps. And I put an aluminium (aluminum) cover over the edges, so no more open channels or sharp edges. And it looks pretty.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bslh766igkjdtvn/IMG_20190718_205545897.jpg?dl=0


And I have two girlies now! I don’t really know their age, but they are young still. If I had to guess between 2 to 3 months old. They were a gift after a very stressful day at the dental surgeon. (I have fears and mental issues, it was not fun and next time I will demand sedation as to be out completely instead of just local aneasthetic)


Izzy, about 550grams
https://www.dropbox.com/s/k0e5j42mm6se45l/IMG_20190718_124956238.jpg?dl=0

Maia, about 450 grams
https://www.dropbox.com/s/z6o9c1r1qjnd6qt/IMG_20190718_124950861.jpg?dl=0



(And Lynx if you want you can add the pictures permanently. My photobucket is way over the limit and I haven’t looked for a new hosting site yet, hence me using dropbox links)

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Post   » Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:23 pm


Cute piggies!

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:23 pm


I have a note to add your pics (thanks!). Can't do it now. Falling asleep at the keyboard.

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ItsaZoo
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Post   » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:35 pm


They’re so cute! What little sweethearts!

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