As a Guinea pig owner, you would want nothing but the best living condition for your adorable furry friend. Cages that you may find in pet stores are nice, but they are often not large enough; causing your Guinea pigs to outgrow them.
Custom ordered cages are perfect because of this but they can get costly. Luckily for you, building Guinea pig cages by yourself is not a very difficult task to accomplish.
And below we are going to talk about how to build a Guinea pig cage by yourself.
Why Build an Indoor Cage?
Having Guinea pigs living indoors is actually very good for them as well as convenient for the owners. Indoor cage makes it easier to control the environment your guinea pigs are in, while also eliminating the outdoor environmental elements.
Also, having Guinea pigs indoors makes it easier for them to be more social as they are more likely to be in contact with humans.
Guinea pigs need a lot of room to run around and exercise to stay healthy, and indoor cages are perfect for this. The biggest benefit of building a Guinea pig cage yourself is the customizability you get. However, the cage for 2 will require a lot of space.
You can build something perfectly fit for a specific area in your home; while also making something that fits your taste, needs, and is easy to clean. You can choose the type of materials to fit both yours and your furry friend’s needs.
For an ideal and custom-made cage for your Guinea pig, consider the type of cage called the ‘C&C’ cage. The Cs in the name stands for cubes and coroplast. Cubes refer to the grid system forming the cage structure, often made of metal, and coroplast refers to the tray made of plastic that is used as the base of the cage.
How To Build A Guinea Pig Cage?
The materials for building a C&C cage are readily available in hardware stores as well as online. You will essentially need a coroplast sheet to form the base of the cage and metal cubes to give it structure.
Some other materials needed are zip ties, box cutters, duct tape, scissors, measuring tape or ruler, and pencil. Additionally, you may also turn old unused furniture into a cage to cut costs and build a unique piece.
The materials used for this type of cage are very versatile and can be used for many other purposes, so you do not need to worry about having leftovers. To build the cage, start with measuring out how big you want the cage to be.
A cube of 2 x 3 dimensions is the smallest size for one guinea pig, you can adjust the amount based on the number of animals you have as well as your preferences. You can also find a guide for measurements online.
Next, cut the coroplast according to the chosen measurements and start assembling the base. Coroplast is bendable to one direction so use that to your advantage when cutting and building. Once the base is done, it’s time to start attaching the grids on the base and assembling the sides that will make up the perimeter of the cage. Use zip ties for this step.
After you are done with this, you can start putting in additional furnishing or toys inside the cage and customizing it for your Guinea pig.
The best part of building a custom cage for Guinea pigs is seeing them running around happily in something you made with them in mind. Now that you know how easy and preferable it is to build a cage for Guinea pigs, I hope you give it a try.