Homemade Guinea Pig Cage
We will talk about the minimum size of the house for the pet. There are no limits on the expected maximum sizes, especially if you have several animals. The larger the cage for guinea pigs, the more comfortable your pets will live.
With a width of 60 cm, the length of the structure should be 100 cm. If two animals live in the cage, then its length should be 20 cm more. When keeping three animals, a cage is needed, the length of which is 150 cm. Experts do not recommend keeping them in cages. In this case, you need to equip a spacious aviary.
All metal walls must be made of metal grating. If you use a cage or other solid material, the cell will not have enough light and poor ventilation, which will lead to health problems. The minimum distance for honey should be 15 mm and a width of 25 mm. The distance between the rods should not exceed 10 mm. If you decide to paint over the rods, then pay special attention to the choice of paint. Guinea pigs have the habit of spraying all objects, not excluding the elements of their own homes. We need paint, which, when ingested, does not harm health. And it’s best to leave the rods unpainted.
Note that even such popular guinea pig house models as the ferplast cavie 80 or ferplast arena 80 are small in size and do not quite meet the above standards. Their price, however, is quite high.
Air temperature should be 22 degrees, air humidity – 50%. A slight deviation of these indicators in both directions is allowed.
Preparation of materials
In order to independently build a cage for guinea pigs, you need a minimal set of construction tools. In general, subject to the choice of tools that will be used in the construction of housing for the pet. We offer the simplest option made of corrugated cardboard. To make such a structure, we need:
- a construction knife or scissors;
- tape measure or ruler;
From the materials we need:
- corrugated cardboard (its amount is best calculated after drawing up the drawings);
- metal grill;
- wall mounts;
- duct tape.
Pigs love houses
The advantage of corrugated board
The use of corrugated board is justified for several reasons. Firstly, it is inexpensive material. Secondly, you can work with it with the help of a clerical knife. Of course, it requires a shorter life to replace it with new material.
Cable ties made of plastic. An alternative is wire.
DIY cell construction
Need to make a drawing. If possible, we will make a drawing in full size. If we have such opportunities, then we will make a reduced drawing.
Be sure to get all the elements that will be inside the structures on the resulting diagram. After completing the charting, it will be easy to determine that the child has an active lifestyle.
The construction process can be conditionally divided into 4 stages.
On the corrugated cardboard we draw the base of the cell. It is a rectangle with side walls. The height of the side walls should not exceed 15 cm. The easiest way is to make this structural element solid. We draw 2 rectangles on the corrugated cardboard, the walls of which should be 30 cm smaller than the other. (Intersection of diagonals) must match. Then, using a construction knife, we cut the top layer of the corrugated cardboard along the line formed by the inner rectangle.
If you look at the layout of the corrugated cardboard, then you can see the squares with a side of 15 cm. The design consists of two parts from four parts, in whole or in part (only the top layer).
It remained difficult to connect the walls of the corrugated board and connect the walls to each other, to fix the joints with adhesive tape. Fixation must be reliable. You can additionally use adhesives or a construction stapler.
At this stage, we are engaged in the assembly of walls. Each wall should be assembled separately. It is advisable to use pieces of a metal grill with a width of 0.3-0.4 m. If, for example, the width of the building is 80 cm, then take 2 sections of 0.4 m. With a wall length of 1.20 m, take 3 sections of 0, 4 m or 4 0.3 m each.
We collect in stages
Their length should strictly correspond to the length of the bottom. Fasten all the elements together using plastic staples. Then at an angle of 90 °.
There are no restrictions on the height of the walls. 0.3-0.5 m.
Carefully inspect all structural elements. Housing should be safe for a small pet. All sharp parts of the structure (the end of a metal rod or plastic bracket, for example) can be bent outward or wrapped with duct tape. The latter option is less preferable, because the animal can gnaw through the adhesive tape and injure itself in a sharp metal rod. The ends of the staples should be on the outside of the walls.
At the last stage, it is necessary to build a house in which the pet will sleep. The house can be of very different designs. It is possible to build a miniature prototype of a real house from plywood, which will become an adornment of a pet’s home. You can simply put an unnecessary box of the appropriate size. The presence of a bottom in a sleeping house for a pet is not necessary. If the design is one-story, it is better to place a sleeping house on a stand. Soaked in waste products. Make sure that the pet was easy to climb onto the stand with a sleeping house.
It remains to install drinking bowls with feeders and put filler on the bottom. Do-it-yourself housing for the animal is ready to use.
In the description of the construction process there are no recommendations that relate to the covering of structures. This is due to the fact that the animal will not be able to jump high. Therefore, the roof, which should be equipped for guinea pigs, is not needed.
Another important point relates to such an element of a pet house as a false room. Its presence greatly simplifies pet care. This is done from a grid that is set 5-7 cm above the main day. The space between the bottom and the bottom is filled with filler. Thus, it will not move through its own waste products and filler. But the presence of false at times increases the injury hazard of the structure. Even if you have the opportunity to avoid such problems. Alternatively, you can put on top of the false carpet made of PVC. But we will not go through feces. Accordingly, cleaning.
To keep several pets, you can build two-story or multi-tier structures. Two-story construction. Layered structures can be equipped to house several pets. In this case, give each ward a tier. The device for feeding, a sleeping house.
Two-storey and multi-storey structures are being built by analogy with single-storey ones. First of all, we create a drawing. When creating drawings, you can look at images of cells offered, for example, by such a well-known company as ferplast. All of them are of the same type, and they are a rectangular construction of small dimensions. You need to equip the design yourself. After installing a sleeping house, feeding trough, sennik and deceased space, very little remains. Therefore, it is advisable to create imagination when creating drawings.
When arranging a two-story structure, cover the second floor with litter. In principle, you can use any soft cloth, but the best litter.