Here are instructions and a list of materials you will need on how to make a guinea pig cage.
Guinea pigs are social animals and it would be best if you had at least two guinea pigs. The rule of thumb is to have 7.5 square feet for one guinea pig and 10.5 square feet for two. Ideally it would be best to have a bigger cage, the more space your guinea pig has to exercise the better.
The cages should be cleaned out about once a week and their food changed daily.
Cubes – approx 14 inch wire coated-wire grids. Come in boxes with multiple sheets in them and connectors
Coroplast – sheets of plastic corrugated iron, also called Corflute, Coroflute, Corex, Cadflute, Polionda
Ramps – Plastic or wood
Assembling Cube and Coropast Cages
Cube and Coroplast is the modern way to make a guinea pig cage. You can purchase these items from any department store chain, ie KMart, Bed Bath and Beyond, they’re so easily available worldwide. Your local pet store will be able to point you in the right direction. You can also repurpose office storage cubes like the photo above.
Simply create a design, and join the sheets of wire together with the connectors supplied in the box. It’s up to you how big you make the cage, and how high you want it as well, they not only connect upwards but sideways as well. You can add more wire sheets end on end and create a bigger run. You can also add wooden or plastic ramps up to higher levels for more space to exercise.
Coroplast is plastic corrugated iron and it can be folded in shape to create the base which is easily cleaned out and hosed down. It comes in four foot by eight foot sheets and in two thicknesses, but it is suggested you only need the 4 ml thickness. The corners can be cut and scored and folded into a corner shape to create the box base. They can be taped into shape.
Hay does not have to be spread out all over the flooring.
Benefits of a Cube Cage Over A Hutch
A hutch is guinea pig cage that is more traditional. But who has the time and skills these days to build a wooden hutch? A cube cage can be set up inside or outside or even in a garage. It can be reassembled to another shape to suit your needs, adding more sides the more guinea pigs you obtain. It is less likely to sustain weather damage and your guinea pigs won’t be nibbling on the corners.
D.I.Y Cube Cages
If you aren’t able to locate one of these kitsets, or you want to make a cage yourself, here’s a few idea to do it yourself. You should be able to find wire mesh in a building supply outlet. You don’t want to buy the plastic wire mesh because the guinea pig will eat through it. You can buy plastic cable ties from a hardware supply store. Cut the wire to fit the shape of each side, and connect the corners with the cable ties. Ideally you should have your corrugated plastic box on the inside and that way the guinea pigs go no where near the sharp ends of the wire.
Things To Avoid
Wire flooring and ramps should be avoided as they are very hard on a guinea pigs feet.
Don’t use cedar shavings for bedding. There are numerous other types of pet-safe bedding such as hay and aspen shavings and newer paper bedding.
These are a few simple ideas on how to make a guinea pig cage. With most people’s busy lifestyle we don’t have time to spend hours making and cleaning out cages. A cage that can be hosed down and cleaned out quickly is great, that even your kids can do it.