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Posted: 11/7/2013 2:04:11 PM
dd wants a guinea pig. Anyone have a cage like this?

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Posted: 11/7/2013 2:12:55 PM
I think you would have the bedding strewn everywhere with a wire cage. We kept ours in a glass aquarium, which probably wasn't ideal either, but we didnt have the issue of them kicking bedding and poop out of it through the wires.

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Posted: 11/7/2013 2:15:14 PM
true. I had pigs in an aquarium and felt it wasn't well ventilated (years ago). Cages can get quite pricey. Maybe I'll wait for Black Friday.

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Posted: 11/7/2013 2:17:07 PM
DD has this cage. The bedding doesn't come out at all.


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Posted: 11/7/2013 2:19:16 PM
if you have craigslist post a wanted under pets and I am sure you can find one at a fraction of the cost. Always meet in a public place, I always meet at craft stores..............duh.


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Posted: 11/7/2013 2:21:43 PM
Yes, I did have one very similar and it was fine and easy to clean. I think wire is the much healthier way to go with pigs, not glass. Yes, they kicked some small amount of bedding out, but no biggie just sweep it up. I would not get a two-level cage, they do get poop out when there is no closed part around the edge to keep it in.

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Posted: 11/7/2013 2:22:27 PM
I had that cage. It is a royal pain to clean it properly and despite being advertised as no-leak, the bottom is just a coated canvas that most definitely leaks. I got rid of it after about 6 months.

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Posted: 11/7/2013 2:22:30 PM
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Posted: 11/7/2013 3:25:56 PM
I bit the bullet and got the world living (? on name) with a top for $75 and free shipping. I figure it's the size she'll need, the cage is taken care of. I thought about Black Friday but you can go nuts wondering about lower prices when there's a 30% off sale and no shipping now.

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Posted: 11/7/2013 3:42:29 PM
Did you get the large or the XL? The XL is a great size, judging by the dimensions. The large seems a little small. They like room to move.

I have a wire cage, but the base is fairly deep. I rarely have problems with bedding or anything else coming out. Hay is another issue but that's because the cat pulls it out to eat it.

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Posted: 11/7/2013 3:43:18 PM
if yours has a canvas bottom, you might want to get some bitter no-chew spray. if the pigs get bored, they may start chewing thru that canvas.

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Posted: 11/7/2013 3:47:19 PM
We have the Petco Guinea Pig Starter Kit. It is deep enough that we don't get alot of bedding outside cage. The dish that comes with it doesn't work well so I bought one that attached to the side of the cage up on the shelf so it doesn't get tipped over.

We have one guinea pig 4 years old and she has plenty of room in this cage.

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Posted: 11/7/2013 4:26:26 PM
We had a similar cage when we had guinea pigs. It had a corrugated plastic bottom. I didn't think it seemed too messy.

We got a very young guinea pig from a pet store. About a month later, we were surprised to find 2 additional miniature versions of her running around.


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Posted: 11/7/2013 5:46:10 PM
Had one just like that. Love it and so did our gp.
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Posted: 11/7/2013 6:28:34 PM
This is what we have. The side are high in the back and side. But we switched to using fleece and towels. So the litter isnt a problem.

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Posted: 11/7/2013 7:26:02 PM
The guinea pigs I petsit have the XL version of that cage. They're happy in it, but it is hard to deep clean. It has to stay on the floor too, so you have to make sure that it's warm enough down there. We put different things inside for them to play with to keep them busy and they are taken out every day for socialization.

Just fyi, guinea pigs are social animals. If you only have one, it will have to be handled very often to keep it happy. They're really better off with a friend.



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Posted: 11/7/2013 8:27:14 PM

is is what we have. The side are high in the back and side. But we switched to using fleece and towels. So the litter isn't a problem.

We have this only home made go buy 2 boxes of the wired cubies,(Target Wally World etc., call a local Sign shop. They usually sell coroplast by 4x8 sheets. (courrigated palastic) You can cut it fit and bend the side really easy. Easy peasy and can take out the plastic for full cleaning. We use old towels and top layer is fleece. Just don't soften it and will wick moisture away. Good Luck we have 2 Aniken and Han.

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Posted: 11/7/2013 9:15:58 PM
This is what you want...

We have two long hair guinea pigs - Lucy and Daisy - and they have been nothing but a joy.

LINK - Guinea Pig Cage Store

I also like how these folks raised their cage off the floor...


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Posted: 11/7/2013 11:26:58 PM
When we had pigs, I made one of the chloroplast/wire cube cages. I did 2 levels like the one above and the pigs loved it. I put fresh veggies on the small top level and had the shelters on the bottom so they were encouraged to run up and down the ramp. You wouldn't believe how much more active they became with the bigger 2 level cage. I just lined it with newspaper and used the recycled paper type bedding instead of pine or wood chips. I started buying it because it was supposed to be more odor absorbent, but it didn't scatter as much and was so much easier to clean up as well.

We loved our pigs, but my husbands grandmother moved in with us and was terminal with cancer. At some point, we no longer had time to take proper care of them and DD was too small to clean the cage by herself. I hated giving them up and still miss them.


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Posted: 11/8/2013 12:17:59 AM
My favorite cage for a guinea pig is the biggest, longest clear plastic tote you can find. We have our furry friend in a christmas tree storage tote. They go on sale at Walmart after Christmas for around 30 to 40 dollars. the sides are about 10 or 11 inches high, they are about 15 inches wide and over 3 feet long. (I'm estimating since I'm upstairs.)

Guinea pigs don't climb so they will not escape from an open topped cage. They do need lots of room to run around and lots of air so a glass aquarium is not good for them.

My second choice would be the cage you pictured or something similar. Look up C&C guinea pig cages on the net. These can be fitted to your space and give piggies the room they need. The ones you buy at the pet store might not be big enough.

You don't have to worry about shavings being kicked around with a under the bed storage or christmas tree storage tote. The sides are high enough. If you go with the one you pictured or a C&C cage, you can use fleece on the bottom and change it out often.
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