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- DIY Guinea Pig Cage Alternative: Cubes and Coroplast (C&C)
- Benefits of C&C Cages
- Step 1: Measure It Out
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- Step 2: Cut Carefully
- Step 3: Fold and Tape
- Step 4: Connect the Grids
- Step 5: Combine the Cube Squares With the Coroplast
- Voila! You’re Done!
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DIY Guinea Pig Cage Alternative: Cubes and Coroplast (C&C)
When choosing a new home for your guinea pig, most people will turn to a pet store. Pet store cages are nice, but it will be very hard, if not impossible, to find a cage that is large enough for your piggy. Though pet stores do sell large-sized cages, these will usually be the absolute minimum size for your guinea pig, if not too small. And one thing is always true: They will be expensive.
There is a different way to ensure that your guinea pig will be comfortable and safe—and save a few bucks at the same time. The solution: cubes and coroplast, otherwise known as a C&C cage. This article includes step-by-step instructions on how to build a C&C cage, as well as other information about these types of cages.
Benefits of C&C Cages
There are many benefits to making a C&C cage as opposed to buying a cage from a pet store.
- Money savings: First of all, you will save money. Spending more money at a pet store will get you a cage that is about half the size of your smallest C&C cage. If you use fleece bedding in your C&C cage, you will save even more money.
- More space: Using a C&C cage will also help to ensure that your pigs are healthy and happy. They will not be confined to a small living area. If you have a cage mate for your guinea, which you should have if you don’t, there is more room for your piggies to have alone time when they need it.
- Endless design possibilities: Another benefit to a C&C cage is all of the possibilities you have to create unique and exciting cages! You can create multilevel cages, L-shaped cages, cages with tops, or cages with cube stands. The possibilities are endless.
- Easy to clean: C&C cages are also very easy to clean. Being wide and open like my cage is, it is very easy to empty it out and switch the fleece bedding. There is no crouching to reach into the doorway of the cage or disassembling.
- Versatile materials: Don’t worry about being left with a bunch of leftover unusable pieces. There are many things you can use your leftover coroplast and cubes for. In my cage, I made a kitchen area, a hayrack, and a house out of coroplast. I used leftover grids to hold bunk beds by bending them in half and attaching them to the sides of the cage with zip ties. There are many uses, so your money will not go to waste.
Now that you know some benefits of a C&C cage, let’s learn how you can build one for yourself.
The following materials will be needed in order to build a C&C cage:
- One sheet of coroplast. This is a corrugated sheet of plastic that is commonly used to make signs. It is similar to cardboard, but it’s waterproof. Coroplast is great for guinea pig cages because once scored it can be bent at a 90-degree angle, which is perfect for the corners of a cage. It also comes in many different colors. You can find coroplast by calling your local sign shop, and they will sell you a large sheet for a range of prices.
- At least one box of grid cube squares. These can be found at stores such as Walmart or Target. You can also buy grid cube squares online. The squares are connected with black plastic connectors to form cube-shaped storage containers, but they work great for the perimeter of a guinea pig cage. Each box comes with black plastic connectors, which some people use, but I chose not to. (Note: When purchasing grid cube squares, check to make sure that each square has at least 9 holes! Some squares have larger holes, which guinea pigs can get stuck in.)
- One pack of medium to large zip ties. Buy a lot; you’ll use them more often than you think.
- Box cutter
- Duct tape
- Large ruler or measuring tape
Now that you have everything, let’s get started.
Step 1: Measure It Out
First, you need to figure out how big your C&C cage will be. 2 x 3 cubes are the smallest size most people go for one guinea pig. I have a 2 x4 cage for my two boars, and that is the size shown in the demonstration. The size of the cubes is slightly larger than a foot, so when I say I have a 2×4 cage, I’m referring to the number of cubes, not the actual size in feet and inches.
Next, you will need to decide how tall you want your sides to be. My cage has sides that are about 6 inches tall.
Next, measure out a rectangle that will be the bottom of the cage. I did this by laying 8 cubes side by side (2 rows of 4) and measuring the length and width. The size of the base will vary according to how large you want your cage to be, so this is a very important step.
After you have the base of your cage measured and drawn, measure out the distance from each side (in my case, it was 6 inches).
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Step 2: Cut Carefully
This next step is where the perforation of the coroplast is most important. Coroplast, like cardboard, has two layers and pockets of air in between the layers. If you cut only through the top layer, the coroplast is able to bend at almost a 90-degree angle. This is perfect for having sealed corners.
The diagram above shows where to cut halfway through and where to cut all the way through the coroplast. Click to zoom in on the picture for a closer look.
Step 3: Fold and Tape
Once you have your coroplast cut and ready to bend, you can start to assemble the base.
Fold the edges up to create sides, one at a time. The coroplast will bend comfortably in one direction. Once you are at the corner, bend your longer side around to form a 90-degree angle, and overlap the end to lay against the adjacent side. Tape the two pieces together.
Having one side bendable and the other cut allows you to form a closed corner, which comes in handy when people use bedding rather than fleece. It also helps create a stronger corner that will last longer.
When you are finished you should have a shallow, rectangular-shaped box with no top. You are now halfway done with your piggy’s new paradise!
Step 4: Connect the Grids
Now that your coroplast base is finished, you can start to assemble the sides that will go around the perimeter of your cage.
Using the zip ties, connect your grids on the top, bottom, and center. For my 2×4 cage, I connected each side separately to lay flat. I had two sides that were 4 grids connected across, and two that were 2 grids connected across. The image on the right shows 3 of my grid squares connected to create part of a side.
Clip the long ends of the zip ties off with a pair of scissors.
Assemble your sides separately. You can assemble them all at once to create a rectangle when standing up on end, but if your measurements were a bit off on the coroplast, you might have to separate the sides to widen the perimeter.
Step 5: Combine the Cube Squares With the Coroplast
You are almost done! All that is left is attaching the sides of the grid squares to one another to form a rectangular shape that will fit right outside of the coroplast.
One at a time, loosely attach the edges of two sides of cube grids together using zip ties at each corner. Put a zip tie in on the top, in the center, and on the bottom. Be careful not to make one corner too tight, as you might end up not being able to connect the sides on the opposite end of the cage.
Voila! You’re Done!
Once you assemble the outer perimeter of the cage with your cube grid square sides, you can step back and look at your masterpiece. Your piggy will be so thrilled to have so much room to run around, and you will be so thrilled to see how much money you save!
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Questions & Answers
Question: Why are the grids on the bottom of the guinea cage? It looks like it’s just the Coroplast.
Answer: It is just Coroplast, but if you want to have grids on the bottom, you can do that as well for more support.
Pheonix moon on August 11, 2020:
I have 2 cats and want to protect my new piggy, how do i put a top that can open for me to clean up.
Ps my kitties r very smart
Maureen Vincent on July 27, 2020:
How do you stop the fleece that is put on top of the coroplast getting rucked up ? I was hoping you would show that !
teddy on July 07, 2020:
can a c&c cage be a 2 story?
Kelli Ellen Kurtz on June 07, 2020:
I have two Male piggies. One is hairless the other is smooth hair. I have tried introducing them to each other slowly using techniques like when out of their cages there is a common food that they can share. HOWEVER- i desire to build a larger cage for the both to share but am timid about fights. Right now there cages are side by side and frequently they gnaw on the bars of their cages together- almost like Morris Code. Any ideas?
Also, what about putting some paper bedding under the fleece and above the puppy pads? Right now i use puppy pads layered and then a mix of paper bedding and some wood shavings also.
Yesterday i bought the piggies a chew toy in the g.p. aisle that is shaped like a carrot and feels like a green cleaning scrubbie. Point being- they love it!
Another suggestion/ thought it’s putting squished up balls of plain white copy paper. My hairless chews and when i open the paper looks a snowflake we all made in elementary school!
So… mostly tips on getting the pigs together so they can share a cage.
Meghan on May 12, 2020:
how big dose the coroplast have to be. Like _” x _”
Veronica on April 16, 2020:
We have 4 female guinea pigs. And we were wanting to make a 6x 3 cage for them. What size coroplast and package of the wire shelves would you suggest?
I love the article but… on July 26, 2019:
no problems here and thanks to you my guinea pig will be happy 😀
Bailey on July 19, 2019:
I have 2 mama guinea pigs and 2 babys penny(the babys mama) and coco seem to have little fight moments. We seperated them, penny and the babys are in one and coco and the other 3 are in one. When will it be safe to bring them back together?
Oreo on May 29, 2019:
I need help my guinea pig will not drink he is eating and active but just not drinking can you help
Niki on January 27, 2019:
Hellonto Guinea pig lover 123 i suggest a 2×2 c&c cage or 2×3 your cavy will be very happy with the more space to have. Store bought cages do not provide the proper room for a Guinea pig.
Guinea pig lover 123 on December 31, 2018:
I have 2 guinea pigs and they live in a pets at home cage is that a good home for guinea pigs
Carl on August 09, 2018:
What is the stuff in the area you have set up for feeding?
guinea pig on April 18, 2018:
yakelin, maybe you could add a top to your cage? I’m not too sure about this since I am no guinea pig expert, but I think that could work.
yakelin on April 16, 2018:
I have 1 male guinea pig i was wondering about more info because i don’t like the cage i have for him the problem is I named him Mafia not to be mean but because he always jumps over the cage if i open the top he’s very daring he jumped of my bed multiple times I’m just lucky it was on the floor at the time he was a birthday gift and he’s been with me 1 1/2 year already any advice you can give me?
Maddie on March 15, 2018:
Hello. This was very helpful to me. It for our 2×4 how big was the sheet of Coroplast?
bookpaw on February 15, 2018:
Alex on December 23, 2017:
I’m thinking about getting a pair of guinea pigs, but I also have a cat. How would you suggest putting a top on this cage? Thanks for the great article!
Ruth on December 06, 2017:
THANK YOU! We are new to the guinea pigs and we started with THREE 😉 We wanted plenty of space for them while indoors, and this article is PERFECT!!! Thank you so much for detailed and east-to-follow directions! We’ll be making their new home this weekend!
Ella on September 29, 2017:
Nice post. I love reading these articles. They’re very helpfull. For a while I had a cage that was only one floor and only about 1.1 x 0.3 meters (4 x 2) feet. Then I bought a new double story cage that was all together, about the same size. But when I put the cages together, they had much more space. I am also planning on adding a bottom floor onto one of the cages and this article will help me a lot. It still won’t be big enough for my three guinea pigs but the layout will make it feel larger. I also let my guinea pigs roam my backyard almost every day and they get about 4 times the minimum acceptable size. I hope my guinea pigs are getting the space they deserve!
Karen on September 20, 2017:
I loved having pigs when I was a kid. My grand daughter is 7 and has had rats, hamsters and gerbils. They ont live very long for kids. I was checking out your site just to freshen up on my pig info. Lol. The more I read the more I have great memories. Sarah’s here every weekend so it would be great for her to have a piggie to keep here. I think the site is great!! So much positive info and no drama. We will keep in touch. Happy pigging everyone❤️
sandy on March 22, 2017:
im smiling – it looks like you and your guiny are and have had a lot of fun this has been inspiring reading both this and the fleese article
Coco on January 05, 2017:
I made a C&C cage for my piggies – one of them decided that he liked the taste of the coroplast and would chew it all the time. I think it did something to his insides because he got sick and died – is this common with these types of cages?
EllaBelle on November 03, 2016:
I would like to know soon because I found a great deal and am getting a guinea pig on sunday and I dont even have a cage set up
EllaBelle on November 02, 2016:
Could I use a piece of coroplast that is 72 in. by 36 in. for a 2 x 4?
EllaBelle on November 02, 2016:
Do you think a 72 in. by 36 in would work for a 2 x 4?
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on November 01, 2016:
Are you able to wash the fleece yourself? In my experience, bedding is more expensive, harder to clean, and stinkier, but I think it sounds like this question should be up to your mom 🙂
Guineahope on October 09, 2016:
Fleece vs bedding. Mom has enough laundry to do so should I get bedding even though fleece is cheaper????? With bedding you have to constantly keep buying and constantly changing it????? But with fleece you have to spot clean very often.
Help me please!!!!
Christine from 28540 on May 31, 2016:
Thanks for posting this. I have been free ranging my son’s boars on my master bath floor and I love the room it gives them but I am having to clean everyday until they potty train in in their pan, a big cat litter pan that I have their food, grass, hay, and water in when we don’t have time to let them outside in their enclosure
Kim on December 17, 2015:
Man i never realized that my cage was tiny. Its about 5 feet by 2 feet. Sucky. It was the biggest i could find for my little guys. I have 3. I love my boys and feel horrible now. Sadly since and during pregnancy i became highly allergic to the guineas. Known as fineas, ferb, and bugsy. So my husband took over majority of the responsibilities. I went in there room today to make sure they have been properly cared for and they had no water. So i asked my hubby when he last had taken care of them. . . He said its been a whole day…. im so mad right now. Like furious! Agh i love animals and cant believe this. Anyways. Im going to get the fleece bedding. Any suggestion on how yo keep the hay mess to a minimum. Im not only allergic to my boys but im allergic to hay. Its bad i actually have severe breathinh troubles.
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on December 22, 2013:
You definitely can. I’ve never done it before but if you visit the forums on guineapigcages.com you’ll find lots of useful info!
lizzie on December 22, 2013:
im getting 2 guinea pigs and was wondering if you could put a top on one???????
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on June 17, 2013:
The cage is actually very stable. The sides of the fencing aren’t going to fall over or be wobbly, but it isn’t the type of cage that you can pick up and move easily because the fencing and the coroplast base are separate. Some people build a bottom to the fence for the base to sit on that would be attached to the sides. This would make the cage more stable and easier to move, but in my opinion it wouldn’t be worth the cost for more grids.
Possible Owner on June 17, 2013:
Please reassure: Considering that the fencing is held together by zip ties, how stable is the cage?
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on April 04, 2013:
The price of a C&C cage will depend on how much coroplast will go for in your area as well as how much a pack of grid squares will cost. I bought a full sheet of coroplast from a local sign shop for $30. I don’t remember how much my grids were, but I’m going to over-estimate it at $30 as well. You most certainly can build a top to the cage, that will require you to buy more grids but visit www.guineapigcages.com and go into the forum. You will see threads that are all about building cages, and you should be able to find a tutorial for a top quite easily.
Best of luck to you and have a great time with Koda! He’s a lucky pig who sounds like he’ll have a great new home!
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on April 04, 2013:
Haha, oh man I’m sorry. I actually didn’t get around to writing it but thank you for pointing that out! Basically I took one grid square and bent it to a 90 degree angle. I sewed a small rectangular pillow (as seen in the pic), but I made sure to sew a “pocket” for the pillow to slip over the grid I had bent. If you looked at the pillow it would have one layer of the sheepskin on top, but on the bottom it has a double layer of fleece, the bottom-most layer sewed to 3 of the edges with one long edge left open.
Does that make any sense or am I rambling too much? Feel free to email me [email protected] if you’re totally confused. I have pictures I took for the hub I had meant to write that I could try to find and send you if that will clear things up!
Quick question on March 27, 2013:
These were very good insturctions! Though at the top it says “this is my 2×4 C&C cage. If you want to learn how to use fleece, or how to make the bunkbeds, check out my other hubs!” Where’s the one about making the bunk beds? It sounds amazing but i can’t find it!
Casey on March 22, 2013:
Hi, im almost 11 ( like 3 more days ) and i got a guniea pig! His name is Koda, from the movie Brother Bear… Anyway his cage is pretty small compared to others ive seen. Im hoping to upgrade it when chrismas comes around.. but thats almost another year…. So me and my mom would want to know about how much the C&C cage would cost? Also can you add a top to it? Because if not i would have to put it on my desk, wich my cat can easily hop into… HELP PLEASE
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on January 27, 2013:
When sign stores have sheets of coroplast, they normally them down from one standard size. I just got an entire sheet in the standard size. I built this cage quite a few years ago so I don’t remember the exact size off hand, but if you go to the store and just ask for the biggest size they have, it should be the same thing.
One way you can know how big of a sheet you’ll need is by jotting down how big you will want your cage to be (how many cubes x how many cubes) and adding how tall you want the sides of the cage to be. You should be able to come up with a rough size to start with. Obviously if you buy a bigger piece than you need that’s fine, you can always use leftovers to built houses and hay boxes. Each cube grid is about 14″, so say you wanted to make a 2 x 4 cage, you would need it to be 28″ wide and 56″ long (plus excess, say 12″ to each dimension if you wanted 6″ sides)
Hope this helps, sorry it was so wordy!
demonwalker12 on January 26, 2013:
How big was the coroplast sheet in the first place??
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on December 19, 2012:
Oh my goodness Nichole, thank you for pointing out that embarrassing error! Eek! I’ve had this article up for years and not one person has noticed that! I wrote it right in the description but did it wrong in the photoshop file!
Yes, you’re right. I fixed it now, haha. Only cut halfway through the red lines, cut all the way through the black. I’m sorry for the confusion! Hope your cage goes well!
Nichole on December 19, 2012:
I love this idea and Im going to build one but I have a question with your diagram on cutting the board. If the red line is a cut all the way through, wont that cut the sides completely off?
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on November 29, 2012:
Wow, good for you! That was so fast! Yes, it’s amazing how much easier it is to keep a cage clean when it’s nice and spacious 😀 Glad to hear your piggies are happy!
Su on November 29, 2012:
Just so you know, I made my cage! It looks great, and I am actually able to spot clean now! (my old cage was too awkward of a shape to do that) The pigs are very happy. 🙂 I still have to add the second level. Thanks again!
Su on November 23, 2012:
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on November 23, 2012:
Thank you for your feedback! I’m glad to hear you are choosing an appropriate sized cage for your piggies, I use a 2×4 for my pigs as well.
Unfortunately I have never made a loft or partial second level, although I’ve always wanted to. I don’t want to recommend anything to you since I’m not entirely sure of how you would go about making it as well, but if you visit www.guineapigcages.com they have a forum that will literally answer every question you could dream of. No doubt they have a picture by picture explanation as to how to go about building a second story. Be careful because you could easily spend hours on that site without realizing it! There are albums where people present all different types of cages and it’s amazing what some people come up with!
Good luck with your cage addition and your lower level as well :o)
Su on November 23, 2012:
Great Hub! I have two boars and I am beginning the process of buying materials for a C & C cage. Your article was very informative. 🙂 I am making a 2×4 cage. Question: How exactly do you go about making a partial second level?
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on June 13, 2012:
Yup there are a lot of different ways to build a top. I have never built one personally, but I know that people have made tops out of closet shelves, the white wire-type kind (hopefully you can understand my terrible description)
My advice to you is to just google “how to build a c&c cage top” and I’m sure you will come across a lot of tutorials just like this one that are meant for tops, that way you can choose which method you think will work best for you 🙂
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on March 27, 2012:
@Zee, If there is room, take a sturdy flat material (cardboard, coroplast, etc) and cut it into a piece that will fit into the bottom of your cage, with just a tad bit of room on each edge.
Take your fleece, make sure that you have a piece that isn’t too large for your cage, it should only be slightly larger than the bottom of the cage. Lay the fleece over your piece of sturdy flat material (be sure to put a couple layers of towel in between the fleece and the sturdy material, and tuck the excess around the edge and underneath it (imagine like putting a sheet on a mattress). Take binder clips of appropriate size, and clip the fleece & towels to the sturdy flat material around the edge where you’d like.
What you should end up with is a flat square or rectangle-shaped piece covered on one side completely with fleece with layers of absorbent towels sandwiched in between. You can then simply place that piece into the bottom of the cage, and you’ll have nice flat fleece that can’t be pulled up and won’t bunch.
Let me know if this is what you were trying to achieve or if this helps, if I didn’t understand your question correctly please feel free to email me at [email protected] with additional questions. 🙂
zee on March 27, 2012:
Hey I have asked many but only one has replied. I have a plastic cage and metal cage… I cant have a cc cage coz my guineas have to stay outsides… How do you keep your fleece from just getting bunched up??
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on March 19, 2012:
ok I’ve sent you a response, check your email when you get a chance 🙂
mellowmut on March 18, 2012:
How do you build a top for the C&C cage? please e-mail me at [email protected]
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on January 18, 2012:
Check out your local sign shops in your area, that’s where most people get their coroplast from. They should be able to sell you a basic large sheet for around $30. Ask printing businesses too, as there’s a good chance they work together with sign businesses.
If you still can’t find any, ask a local business near by if they ever buy signs for things, and if they do where they buy it from. A lot of places like schools, churches, and small businesses use coroplast in the signs they buy.
Lucy on January 17, 2012:
On online i cant find corrugated plastic, i have been able to find the right size and everything but it only comes in packets of 15 sheets and is like 100 dollars? any sugestions? please..
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on January 01, 2012:
For food I usually get cavy cuisine, you can find it at a petsmart/petco. It isn’t the cheapest but it isn’t filled with ingredients that are unhealthy for the pigs, and my piggies seem to enjoy it. For hay I have lasted a couple years from a half bale that was given to me by a trusted timothy hay farmer for free.I’m so sad it’s gone and I’ll have to start buying it now 🙁 so I actually haven’t shopped around for hay but I have heard a lot of people talk about a site online called kleenmamas hayloft that is trusted and has good deals. oxbow sells hay as well. Most people feed timothy hay to their pigs. Hope this helps and thank you so much for the good review!
For a tip for the hay I would suggest buying a small cat litter box to turn into a “hay bin”, as a lot of people claim to have issues with hay sticking to the fleece (I have yet to have this problem, might be because I use a hay bin though I suppose ha). Fill the bottom of the bin with an inch of yesterday’s news so that they can’t push it all around the cage.
Allyn on January 01, 2012:
I found this article very helpful! I actually printed it out and will use it as a guide for the building of my own C&C Cage, if that’s not any sort of infringement. 😉 I have a question that’s pretty off topic, but you seem knowledgeable, so I’m assuming it’s alright to ask. Do you have a preference of food for your pigs (including hay, I suppose)? I’m hoping to get a couple guinea pigs (second-time owner) int the next few days, or week or so, and I want to make sure I do even better than the first time I owned one. Any tips or anything you have to add would be very helpful.
Thank you so much for your time and amazing article!
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on December 11, 2011:
Hi Sally, I just measured my grids with a tape measure, and they’re about 14″ x 14″
Sally on December 11, 2011:
You mention 9×9 grid, but what is the total size of the grid. Is it a 12inch square grid that has 9 holes by 9 holes. Or is it larger/smaller than 12 inches?
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on December 02, 2011:
Some people build a “bottom” to their grids so that it isn’t just a loose fencing that goes around the edges, but you’ll see that if you get the sizing right it’s actually a very snug fit, especially if you use zip ties on the grids and pull them tight. (I actually struggled to get my grids around the coroplast base the first time I made my cage) The sturdier you want it the more zip ties you use.
Coroplast can get rather pricey, I remember my piece, which was just a standard piece they normally cut down into signs and what not, was around $30. I know someone who owns a sign shop now though so when I replace my old cage with fresh coroplast I’ll actually probably be able to get it for free. If you have any chance at knowing someone who’d have it that’d be your best bet. Either way though, coroplast and grids end up being cheaper than a cage at a pet supply store, a cage there might only be $50 but it’ll also be a fraction of the size and definitely way too small for even just one guinea pig.
Hope this helped and good luck with your cage!
Destinee on December 01, 2011:
Hi i am getting a guinea pig soon and am planning to make a c&c cage that’ll be either 2×4 or 3×4 . But im wondering, how much does it cost for a pretty good size piece of Coroplast? and what ways can i sort of attach the grids to the coroplast so its more… sturdy, and together?
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on August 29, 2011:
Hi Abbey, sorry that I haven’t responded I must have missed the email. Yes you can make C&C cages for rabbits, but they are called nic cube cages. They are basically the same thing, but the bottom is made differently (instead of using coroplast rabbit owners make bottoms out of wood and cover it with linoleum). I don’t see why coroplast couldn’t be used though, it’s waterproof after all, and sturdy.
I would just make sure that you make your base a little wider on all edges so that the cubes would actually sit inside the base instead of outside (I fear that a rabbit would go CRAZY chewing coroplast). Also, I would find a way to attach the cubes to the coroplast so that the rabbit can’t knock it down.
There are a lot of forums and articles out there (youtube videos too) describing how to make a nic cube cage specifically for a rabbit, there are certain requirements specifically for rabbits, like it has to be tall enough that they can stand on their hind legs comfortably and it needs to be completely enclosed so they can’t jump out. Check out some forums, I was going to get a rabbit before so I did all sorts of research 🙂
Thank you for your question and I hope I helped!
Abbey 🙂 on August 12, 2011:
Hi I’m just about to make this C&C cage it’s a brilliant idea can you make them for rabbits or is it just guinea pigs….
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on July 15, 2011:
I have an article specifically for using fleece in your guinea pig cage. It’s https://pethelpful.com/rodents/fleeceforbedding , so definitely check it out, and it should answer any questionsi you have!
As for where they go to the bathroom, unfortunately guinea pigs go anywhere and everywhere for the most part. Some owners have been able to “potty train” their pigs, but this is really a 50/50 chance, and it’s more or less finding out where they do their business, and putting a litter box there. Mine like to go in corners and up against edges of things for the most part, and they also go a lot in the areas where they eat. I like to make a “kitchen” section of my cage, that has recycled paper cat litter called “yesterdays news” in it, so most of their business is left there.
Let me know if you need anything else! : )
Chris on July 15, 2011:
How do I use fleece? Where can I get it from?
Chris on July 15, 2011:
Where do they go to the bathroom? 🙂
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on June 20, 2011:
Thank you both for the extra tips! Yes the size of the grid is extremely important and many people overlook this detail! If you find difficulty buying 9 x 9 grids in stores, they are extremely easy to find online, and sites like Amazon.com often offer “free shipping on purchases of “x” amount or more” so be sure to look for that!
Also great tip with the double sided tape!
guinea pig cages on June 20, 2011:
One VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:
In the materials section, it was very rightly mentioned that grids must be at least 9×9 squares. (This means 1.5-inches). In most areas, Target no longer sells shelving with 9×9 grids. These sets have been redesigned to use a combination of 5×5 and 8×8 grids. The 5×5 are too large to hold your pigs and the 8×8 pose a STRANGULATION DANGER. Guinea pig rescue organizations have reported a few strangulation deaths due to the use of 8×8 grids. So make absolutely sure you are getting 9×9 grids if you purchase at Target.
BlueStoneCommerce on June 20, 2011:
GOOD JOB on getting the word out. We believe FAR too many pigs are stuck in cages that are way to small for them to live happy, healthy lives. (We own 5 pigs right now)
Just a couple tips:
When calling sign shops, if you know the exact coroplast size you need, ask them to quote that as well as a full sheet. Some shops will do the work to cut it to size AND charge less because you’re buying a smaller piece. Call several in your area because they differ widely on this.
Also, for a cleaner look, try double-back tape for securing corners – but make sure you have things lined up before you stick things together. Double-side tape is HARD to remove.
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on April 22, 2011:
Thank you! That’s great! Your guinea pig(s) will be so happy : ) I have a page all about fleece and how to prepare it, so if you haven’t yet be sure to check it out. Good luck!
finatics on April 22, 2011:
Great hub! I’m going to be expanding my guinea pig cage soon with C&C, and hopefully switching to fleece!
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on March 29, 2011:
Thank you for your feedback 🙂
Eiddwen from Wales on March 29, 2011:
A very easy to follow hub.
thank you for sharing
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on March 17, 2011:
Thank you so much! I’m always glad to help. If you’re referring to the bedding, it is a cat litter called “yesterdays news”. It’s made from recycled paper, so it isn’t harmful to the pigs. I have had better luck finding it at petsmart than petco usually, and I’ve actually seen it at a target before. It’s pricier than I would like it to be ($12-15), but with two boars I only have to replace it about once every other month or so, and I think it’s benefits trump its price easily. Not to mention how much money I’m saving using fleece!
Regular gp bedding can be kicked up easily, what I like about this is that it’s absorbant but heavy so they don’t make a mess.
tevegrl on March 17, 2011:
I’m going to be getting 2 babies in a few weeks and i am getting my cage together. Just curious what you have down in the box that you hay and food is in. I have really found you pages helpful and can’t wait to try the fleece bedding.
Daisy on February 05, 2011:
totally makes sense–thanks!!
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on February 05, 2011:
oh thank you haha, I considered putting up a tutorial, I even took photos but I just hadn’t gotten to it. In a nutshell, I sewed a rectangular pillow, about a foot long and 6 ” wide. You take a grid square, bend it in half (a couple grids will snap at the bend, this is normal) and using your zip ties, zip the very top to the top of your cage grid. If you imagine it, the bent grid is an L shape, with the edge that juts out facing toward the center of the cage.
I made the pillows so that the bottom has an extra layer that has an opening on one long end, so that it “slips” onto the bottom half of your L shaped grid. This way it wont slip off when they jump up and down.
My piggies use it for weeks, and then it’s as if they completely forget how to use it and they go months without using it, and then realize “oh yeah, there’s a bed up here!” and use it again! Silly pigs, it literally took them months to learn how to use them, I had to lure Apollo up with a carrot and then they both figured it out after that.
Did this make any sense at all? It was kind of wordy…haha, if you didn’t understand it and want a better explanation I’d be happy to email you a more in-depth description with illustrations. Eventually I’ll make a hub about it, maybe I’ll try to make on this week now that I know someone out there’s interested!
Daisy on February 04, 2011:
I can’t find your instructions on how to make those AWESOME bunk beds!!! Any tips?
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on February 03, 2011:
Great plan, it’s fun to see how they interact too, I think I enjoy that most out of anything. They’re constantly talking to each other and cuddling and annoying one another 😛 Mine were adopted from a rescue and they were cagemates since birth so they get along great for boars. If you haven’t considered rescues or adopting it’s a good idea, they’ll be handled more and cared for better. Its also easy to find cagemates so you don’t have to go through the stress of introducing one to another, which is a timely process.
Daisy on February 03, 2011:
Thank you SO MUCH for the reply. I will get 2. 🙂
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on February 02, 2011:
a 2×3 is generally meant for 1 pig, but pigs always do better in pairs. It’s more important for 2 males to have their space though, so I think that 2 females would be okay. I’m sure there are a lot of people who would say that’s too small, but if I were you I’d either make sure I get two females, or get 1 and give it LOTS of attention, because you will need to replace that friend they’ll be missing when they’re alone. Only get 1 if you don’t think you’ll have the time to give it that it deserves.
Thank you for your feedback and good luck with your pig(s)! 😀
Daisy on February 02, 2011:
Love the cage! I followed your instructions and built a 2×3 one. My question…can I put 2 pigs in that or should I just get one?
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on February 01, 2011:
Thank you for the feedback : )
I agree, I had never owned a c&c cage before, and now that I do I can’t imagine ever going back. They’re always running laps and sleeping in all different parts of the cage, I think they really love it. If you haven’t used fleece already, you should consider it as well, in my experience it’s only made it even better, and it’s worth giving a shot.
Flash and Marilyn on February 01, 2011:
Thank you very much for your instructions. They were very helpful. Our 3 X 2 cage came out great. I plan to make a 2nd floor with some of the ideas from the pictures. They love the space!
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on January 02, 2011:
You can buy extra cage squares to build a “roof” that you hinges on one side and is held closed with binder clips on the other. If you have a dog that seems like it would stomp through that as well, it might be a good idea to raise the cage off the ground. Some people use leftover cage squares to build a stand for the cage that will raise it about a foot off the ground. There are instructions all over on guineapigcages.com, great site for any questions.
They shouldn’t climb out. One thing that I think is great about piggies is that they really have no desire to escape generally. Mine actually prefer to be in their cage, they become nervous wrecks when they are out for floor time for too long 😛 If you find that your pig is trying to escape, a roof is a good idea. You can also find out where or how they are getting out and put one square over that section so they cant, but I doubt they will find a way out easily.
Great questions and thank you for your interest! Good luck with your cage!
guinea pig on January 02, 2011:
can dogs get into c&c cages? will they climb out?
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on September 13, 2010:
If your pig is a baby a good idea would be to babyproof the cage, or wait until its older to move it to the C&C cage.
for babyproofing: sometimes people double up the grids, or use cardboard or more coroplast to cover up the holes. I have even seen people use fabric on the outside pinned up with safety pins/binder clips so that their piggies can’t escape.
I’m not sure if this link will work but this is a link to a photo gallery from a guinea pig forum of babyproofed cages that might help.http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showgallery.p…
guineapigcages.com is a great forum to join if you are just starting out or looking for tips for guinea pig care. I am also a member under the same username 😀
hope this helps!
Misskitty on September 13, 2010:
Would a baby piggie be able to get out of the C&C cage?
tracey on July 13, 2010:
hey when i go to the store for the coroplast how big do i ask for i didn’t see it in the explanation:)
Jessie Miller (author) from Buffalo, NY on April 04, 2010:
thank you, I tried very hard haha
grace on April 04, 2010:
I love it thank u so much you all are the best! 🙂
Madioson on February 15, 2010:
very good. steps were easy to follow. 🙂 thanks!
What materials do you need to build a guinea pig cage?
The following materials will be needed in order to build a C&C cage:
- One sheet of coroplast. This is a corrugated sheet of plastic that is commonly used to make signs. …
- At least one box of grid cube squares. …
- One pack of medium to large zip ties. …
- Box cutter.
- Duct tape.
- Large ruler or measuring tape.
How do you make a guinea pig cage step by step?
The best items to put on the bottom of a guinea pig cage are absorbent, soft, and odorless. Hay, paper and aspen shavings, 100% wood pellets, and fleece meet those basic requirements. Used alone or combined with other materials, all are good options to cover the bottom of a cavy enclosure.
How do you set up a guinea pig cage for beginners?
The sides of your guinea pig enclosure must be at least 12? high and the top may be open, so long as other household pets do not have access to it. Many guinea pig rescue organizations recommend ?C&C? cages, which are enclosures made from cubes and coroplast, a corrugated plastic.
MAKE SURE THE FLOOR OF THE HABITAT IS SAFE.
Smooth-bottomed cage floors made out of a non-porous material are the best foundation — such as plastic or metal. Provide absorbent bedding: CareFresh (paper bedding), kiln-dried pine or aspen shavings (never cedar), or fleece are three top choices for guinea pig owners.
What do you put on the floor of a guinea pig cage?
Interlocking flooring tiles are ideal because they usually require no adhesive, so they can be removed, reinstalled, and even relocated. Interlocking tiles are also ideal for guinea pigs because you can replace just one or two tiles if they become worn ? or if your pet decides to taste-test them.
What can I use for base of guinea pig cage?
Under the best of bedding circumstances, you’ll need to refresh midweek and full clean once a week. Sometimes, you need to refresh or clean every other day. Sometimes every 3 days.
How high should guinea pig walls be?
It should be easy to clean up and biodegradable for easy disposal. There are several types of bedding available for Guinea Pigs to nest in, including paper-based, fleece, wood, and hay. The best bedding for your Guinea Pig is either a paper or fleece based bedding.
What bedding is best for guinea pigs?
While they don’t sleep much, guinea pigs still need a secluded, comfy spot to snooze. Place a sleeping box or cuddle cup in your furry friend’s cage and line it with some soft hay or paper bedding to keep him comfy. Get a large sleeping box for more than one guinea pig to share.
Fleece is better than regular bedding such as wood shavings or paper pellets because fleece is dust-free, softer for guinea pig’s feet, reusable, and cost-effective.
How often do you change a guinea pigs bedding?
How often should I bathe my guinea pig? Unlike humans, guinea pigs will only ever need a bath approximately 2 to 4 times a year. For hairless varieties, bathing is very rarely encouraged due to their particularly sensitive skin, and their difficulty in regulating their temperature.
12 DIY Guinea Pig Cage Plans You Can Make Today – Pet Keen
12 DIY Guinea Pig Cage Plans You Can Make Today Many of the guinea pig cages that are available to buy are too small for more than one animal and can be expensive. If you have a knack for building projects, then you may want to consider constructing a guinea pig cage. You can customize it to fit any space, and some enclosures are ideal for use inside and outside. Guinea pigs also like ramps and platforms for play and exercise, placing a cage with no flooring outdoors allows your pet to nibble on grass. Did you know one guinea pig needs a minimum of 7.5 square feet of living space to be comfortable and happy? With these 12 plans, you can learn how to build a guinea pig cage with requirements that won’t be a problem to meet. Read on to find one that inspires you to create and build a lovely home for your guinea pig. 1. Build a C&C Guinea Pig Cage From Pet Helpful Skill level: Beginner Pet Helpful shows you how to build a 2×4 feet cage that is larger than you can find at any pet store, and it will save you money too. C&C stands for cubes and coroplast, which are the primary materials for this project. Making a cage from these materials gives you the freedom to design a cage that suits your needs — and it is easy to build. Materials Coroplast sheet One box of grid cube squares Pack of large zip ties Duct tape Tools Box cutter Scissors Large ruler or measuring tape Pencil 2. Build a DIY Guinea Pig Cage With the Kids From Instructables Living Skill level: Intermediate These plans from Instructables Living show you how to build a cage with a base cabinet for storage. Since Guinea Pigs are social animals, it makes sense to have a cage large enough for two or three to live in comfort. It’s a great project to build with the kids if you have experience with woodworking because you will need basic equipment. Materials Lumber Plywood Wire screen Plexiglass Wood glue Sandpaper Silicone caulk Pocket hole screws Tools Miter saw or hand saw Tape measure Router Sander Clamps Screwdriver 3. Build Eazy Guinea Pig Hutch Skill level: Intermediate Build Eazy offers plans for an outside hutch that is perfect for placing on the fresh grass for your guinea pigs. Once the weather turns cold, you can easily move it back inside because it is lightweight. There is a hinged lid with a meshed roof, so you can open the top for increased light and airflow. The instructions are detailed and provide plenty of illustrations. Materials Variety of lumber Plywood Welded mesh suit T-hinges Nails Screws Staples Tools Miter saw Hammer Screwdriver Square Measuring tape 4. Guinea Pig Mansion From Instructables Skill level: Beginner These plans from Instructables shows you how to build a guinea pig cage using a dollhouse and other supplies you may have on hand already. This is a great project for those who don’t have woodworking experience. What’s nice is that you can customize the plans to fit any size and shape of dollhouse. Materials Dollhouse Lawn and garden fencing Glue sticks Spray paint Paper clips 2-inch wood strips Tools Hot glue gun Electric staple gun Razor knife or scissors Related Read: How Often Do I Clean Out My Guinea Pig’s Cage? 5. DIY C&C Cage by Alexandria’s Animals Skill level: Beginner These instructions from Alexandria’s Animals are for a 2×5-foot cage, with an optional 2×2-foot upper level. It is made from coroplast and wire cube storage, so it is simple to make and not many tools are required. It is an affordable project that provides your guinea pig with plenty of areas to play. Materials Coroplast Wire cubes Plastic grid connectors Zip ties Tools Pen Ruler Box cutter Scissors Strong transparent tape 6. Guinea Pig Grand Hotel Plans on Instructables Skill level: Intermediate For an elaborate house, check out these plans on the Instructables Living website. This is not a project for a beginner, and you will need to put aside more than one day to build it. However, don’t let…
20 Homemade DIY Guinea Pig Cage Ideas – Its Overflowing
20 Homemade DIY Guinea Pig Cage IdeasJust like you, your guinea pigs also deserve a life of luxury! The roundup of these 20 exciting and easy to build, 20 DIY guinea pig cage ideas are the best thing you can read today! As a pet lover, there’s nothing as meaningful and concerning as giving the best habitat to your pets. Indoor pets are quite a handful. You have to take care of their every need. Maximum relaxing home, best food, the ideal play place or area, and whatnot. Guinea pigs are these beautiful little creatures that are relatively easy to raise than any other indoor pets. With cats, things get a bit tricky a few days with all the jumping and everything. With dogs, it is the need to take on a walk. For working parents, a guinea pig is an ideal indoor pet.Guinea pigs are the happiest when you provide them with maximum space to live in. As it happens, our collection of these DIY guinea pig cage ideas suits best to those needs. From building a cage right from scratch using lumber or pine wood to transforming an old dresser into a new cage, you can find all the necessary details from our guinea pig cage ideas below. You can now put your old drawers to even an exciting new use!Learn how to make a guinea pig cage below and add and bring more fun to your Guinea pig’s lives. To building your own guinea pig cage just follow guinea pig cage ideas and craft one today. So, let’s get started.1. DIY C and C Style Guinea Pig CageIf you are busy parents and still wish to make your kids care for a pet, then there is no better option than a guinea pig. They are easy to raise indoors. The c&c guinea pig cage (Cubes & Coroplast) is a DIY guinea pig cage that offers them the maximum required habitat to live in! Check the dimensions and details here. craftmehappy2. How to Make a Two Level Guinea Pig CageYour guinea pig needs an ample spacious cage to live life to its fullest and we recommended you homemade guinea pig cages! The more space you offer them, the happier these little fluff balls would be. Instructables has this perfect two-level cage idea to interest you in! instructablesA simply constructed corner with wood can absolutely make an ideal cage for your guinea pig! If you don’t like to be restricted in the C & C cage, then this one’s for you. It is made using scrap wood and can comfortably house two guinea pigs. diydanielle4. How To Make A Guinea Pig CageHow to build a guinea pig cage from scratch? Transform an old dresser into this perfect new home for your guinea pigs! The materials required are an old dresser (you may also use other household items), chicken or rabbit cage, flexible drain pipe. Along with these, you will need kitchen vinyl scoring squares and scrap wood to build this DIY guinea pig cage out of dresser! Get the tools list from the link below. instructables5. Midwest Habitat Guineapig CageThis simple and fully secured mid-west guinea pig habitat is all you need to give your fluff balls a perfect home! You need coroplast, cube grids, report cover spines, zip ties, measuring tape and pencil. Start building a DIY guinea pig house by measuring the edge of your cage’s wall, first. imgur6. DIY Guinea Pig HouseNot a fan of the dull and ugly guinea pig cages? Check out this super appealing and ultimate fun DIY guinea pig cage for your indoor pets. It is quite simple to make, and in the end, you get such an exciting cage! How to make a guinea pig cage out of household items? Gather MDF wood, corner brackets, door magnets, paint, fabric, some ornaments, frames, images, and adhesive plastic foil. instructables7. Midwest Guinea Pig Cage with Fleece BeddingYour guinea pigs deserve…
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Build a Guinea Pig Cage With Cubes and Corrugated Plastic …
Build a Guinea Pig Cage With Cubes and Corrugated Plastic (C&C)My interest is in small animals. I found out many years ago that having a pet is very therapeutic and soothing.The entire cage is 2×4 panels with a single-width second floor.What Is a C&C Cage?While building cages for guinea pigs or any small rodent, it is important to know what is needed. Wire cages with holes that are the wrong size can lead to a runaway pet or strangulation. The most popular cage to build yourself is a C&C cage, which is short for cubes and coroplast.CubesCubes are composed of panels that are about 14”x14” that you can snap together using circular multi-connectors; usually, people connect the panels to form cubbies used as storage. The panels are made of a wire grid, and there are different options for how many holes there are (and, therefore, how closely spaced the wires are). The option you want is the 9×9 grid, which has closely spaced wires. There are also 8×8 grids, which can end up strangling the pet, and 5×5 grids, which are way too big for any rodent-sized pets.CoroplastCoroplast is a lightweight corrugated plastic material that is used to make signs. It is a very durable and convenient way to build the cage. Since it is plastic, it makes cleaning a lot easier, and the size can be expanded to however much you feel is needed.Most or all parts are snap-on; here, cable ties are used to strengthen the hold.From the picture above, you can see how these cubes snap together. But the connectors that come with the cubes might not be strong enough to hold it alone, so you would need to buy cable ties or plastic ties to provide more strength and support.Most cages that you see do not have a bottom, and this is a problem if you have it set on a table, because the weight distribution will not work correctly. In order to build it correctly, there should be a bottom part.In the picture above, you see there’s a top and bottom on the cage to provide more stability. Much of it will involve a lot of thinking about how to get it just right. One thing to think about is how you might expand for more room if needed. During any expansion of the cage, the ties would need to be removed and the bottom of the cage readjusted to accommodate the new weight added on top.Expanding upward for more exercise.A cage can have multiple levels, but it is just a matter of stacking the cubes, as shown above. This will mean a little bit more cleaning, but it’s not a whole lot if the guinea pigs are trained to do their business in certain areas. The picture above shows the cage we have at home. The ramp on the left-hand side was built for the guinea pigs to run up to the second level and has the additional benefit of providing exercise. It was also strategically placed for the guinea pigs to have enough room at the lower level for them to “popcorn” when they need to.This cage is technically a cube-and-cardboard cage because we built it before we were able to buy the coroplast and have decided to forego replacing the cardboard because it would be more work now. Coroplast is not readily available in our area, hence we settled with…
How to Build a C&C Guinea Pig Cage: DIY Guide – PetHelpful
How to Build a C&C Guinea Pig Cage: DIY GuideJessie is an art director and a long-time cavy lover who has way too many hobbies.DIY Guinea Pig Cage Alternative: Cubes and Coroplast (C&C)When choosing a new home for your guinea pig, most people will turn to a pet store. Pet store cages are nice, but it will be very hard, if not impossible, to find a cage that is large enough for your piggy. Though pet stores do sell large-sized cages, these will usually be the absolute minimum size for your guinea pig, if not too small. And one thing is always true: They will be expensive.There is a different way to ensure that your guinea pig will be comfortable and safe—and save a few bucks at the same time. The solution: cubes and coroplast, otherwise known as a C&C cage. This article includes step-by-step instructions on how to build a C&C cage, as well as other information about these types of cages.Benefits of C&C CagesThere are many benefits to making a C&C cage as opposed to buying a cage from a pet store.Money savings: First of all, you will save money. Spending more money at a pet store will get you a cage that is about half the size of your smallest C&C cage. If you use fleece bedding in your C&C cage, you will save even more money. More space: Using a C&C cage will also help to ensure that your pigs are healthy and happy. They will not be confined to a small living area. If you have a cage mate for your guinea, which you should have if you don’t, there is more room for your piggies to have alone time when they need it. Endless design possibilities: Another benefit to a C&C cage is all of the possibilities you have to create unique and exciting cages! You can create multilevel cages, L-shaped cages, cages with tops, or cages with cube stands. The possibilities are endless. Easy to clean: C&C cages are also very easy to clean. Being wide and open like my cage is, it is very easy to empty it out and switch the fleece bedding. There is no crouching to reach into the doorway of the cage or disassembling. Versatile materials: Don’t worry about being left with a bunch of leftover unusable pieces. There are many things you can use your leftover coroplast and cubes for. In my cage, I made a kitchen area, a hayrack, and a house out of coroplast. I used leftover grids to hold bunk beds by bending them in half and attaching them to the sides of the cage with zip ties. There are many uses, so your money will not go to waste. Now that you know some benefits of a C&C cage, let’s learn how you can build one for yourself.The coroplast is the sheet of white on the bottom. The cube square is shown in the upper right on top of the picture. Notice that my cubes have 9 squares across. MaterialsThe following materials will be needed in order to build a C&C cage:One sheet of coroplast. This is a corrugated sheet of plastic that is commonly used to make signs. It is similar to cardboard, but it’s waterproof. Coroplast is great for guinea pig cages because once scored it can be bent at a 90-degree angle, which is perfect for the corners of a cage. It also comes in many different colors. You can find coroplast by calling your local sign shop, and they will sell you a large sheet…
3 Ways to Make a Guinea Pig Cage – wikiHow
3 Ways to Make a Guinea Pig Cage – wikiHow Download Article Download Article Guinea pigs, also called cavies, are small rodents that are kept as pets. Although many owners use store-bought cages, these spaces are often smaller than what guinea pigs naturally need. They will be much happier and healthier animals if they can enjoy a big, interesting environment and have plenty of room to explore. It is important to provide your cavy with a comfortable living space. 1 Plan the layout. Generally speaking, the bigger the hutch, the better. One guinea pig needs at least 7.5 square feet of cage space, but they should also have a cavy friend. Two pigs should have at least 10.5 square feet of room. Generally, add about 2-4 square feet for each additional guinea pig.  It can also be designed to have two stories, one atop the other, to make more space. However, this will require a ramp, so if you plan on doing it, make sure that your guinea pig can climb the ramp first. Unlike many other small mammals, guinea pigs are not particularly athletic and may have trouble climbing a steep ramp.  Note that guinea pigs should not be housed outdoors. They should be kept indoors in a 65–80 °F (18–27 °C) environment. 2 Collect your materials. The best hutches are made from good solid wood. Avoid cheap and flimsy plywood. You will additionally need wire mesh, wood staples, screws or nails, galvanized latches, and tools like an electric drill, hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, wire-cutters, and saw, and workspace for the assembly job. An large cupboard or cabinet can often be converted into an effective hutch. This will save you from having to buy all new materials and construct the frame yourself. Before you begin building, make a detailed blueprint to scale (with actual proportions). This will let you know exactly how much wood, nails, and other supplies you will need. If you aren’t comfortable with do-it-yourself projects, you can buy guinea pig hutches at pet stores or online, pre-made or with easy to assemble parts, for between $100-$300. However, make sure the one you purchase meets the size requirements outlined earlier. Advertisement 3 Build the frame. Start by doing your measurements and cutting. Depending on how big you want the hutch, you will need to have three separate lengths for the wooden pieces: one for length, one for width, and one for height. Your dimensions, for example, might be something like 30″ x 60″ x 15″. You will need at least 4 pieces of each size, and more if you want to construct individual frames for each of the hutch’s six sides and an opening door.  Measure the wood and double-check your measurements before you cut. With the electric drill, drill the attachment holes with a slightly smaller bit than your screw size and then insert the screw with the drill. Assemble the pieces. Assembly and construction can be challenging on your own. If you don’t have experience with tools and design, pre-made frames can be purchased at pet stores or online. 4 Install the floor, walls, and roof. The hutch must have a solid floor and roof, made from either wood or plastic. While some people recommend using mesh for the floor, this can be dangerous for the animal and can easily lead to a broken leg, so it should be avoided at all costs. Instead, make the walls from wire mesh like chicken wire, cutting pieces to fit the frame and then…
Build a Guinea Pig Cage With EASY Cleaning! (Projects With …
Build a Guinea Pig Cage With EASY Cleaning! (Projects With Kids)Introduction: Build a Guinea Pig Cage With EASY Cleaning! (Projects With Kids)My kids have their three guinea pigs split between their two bedrooms and two cages. They needed a larger area and putting them together made sense because they are very social animals. But this projects was more about an opportunity to spend time with my son and pass along some of the skills and love of making that my dad passed along to me.Materials:1X2 pine1x4 pine1/8″ plywood10 feet of 24″ wire screen24″ x 36″ plexiglasswood gluepocket hole screwsWe built the cage using basic lumber and simple pocket hole joints. They consist of a series of box frames connected together. The base was built as a seperate cabinet and then the two were screwed together. The cage measures 60″ x 20″ x 24″ (tall) and the base cabinet is 60″ x 20″ x 18″ (tall). Step 1: Building the FramesUsing a miter saw or simple hand saw, cut the pine 1×3 and 1×4 down to dimension. Its really up to you what size and shape you create, just keep in mind the standard dimensions of your plywood so you don’t run into problems. Each joint is glued, clamped and then screwed into place. Pocket holes are easy and quick joints and a very easy joint to teach to kids. My son liked drilling all those holes and I didn’t mind watching him work. Each joint used two 1″ pocket hole screws. We first made “L” shaped corners and then cut and joined the long sides and short sides until we had a basic frame. After that we started adding in support where we needed it.Step 2: Attach the Bottoms and SidesWe glued and nailed the floors and sides in from the inside. No fancy dado slots here. I didn’t get as many pics as I would like. We added a sliding door in the bottom to make cleaning easier. I’ll explain more in the next step. You can add a lip at the top and simply stack the two together. I decided to go ahead and join them securely with 6 pocket screws down into the base.Step 3: Sliding Trap DoorSorry no good pics in here. I’ll have to try to get one next time he cleans the cage. With a cage this large, the first thing on my mind was making this thing really easy to clean. If it was hard to clean, it would make it a struggle every week. We came up with adding a pull out bottom in the cage. The yellow trash bin fits under the door. To clean the cage, simply slide the door out and scoop all of the bedding towards the hole. To make the door we first made the frame that it would slide in, making sure that the door would be smaller than the bin underneath it. Once we cut the 4 sides to dimension, I ran each through the table saw to cut slots in them for the floor panel. The door frame was glued up square and dried overnight. We screwed the frame into place and then used a router to cut an opening through the front of the cage for the door to slide out. The door was cut long so that a handle could be attached to the front. The handle was a piece of scrap with the slot already cut in it from the frame. I cut it long enough to hide the panel and then sanded it smooth.Step 4: Finishing Up.After rounding all the corners with a router and sanding the entire cage together, I coated the entire cage with two coats of spray polyurethane. I used appliance paint for the floor to try to provide some moisture protection. Once the screen was attached, I cut the Plexiglas down to 10″ strips and attached it with silicone caulk and clamped overnight. We still need to build some cabinet doors to hide the bottom cabinets. The base gave them space for the trash bin and three additional…
13+ Cozy DIY Guinea Pig Cages [List] – MyMyDIY
13+ Cozy DIY Guinea Pig Cages [List] If you have a guinea pig you understandably want them to live in splendor. If you can’t find one for sale that meets your needs, it’s actually not that hard to build your own. We’ve assembled an eclectic list of DIY guinea cage plans. Some of the types of cages include a massive, L-shaped two-story design (#13); an outdoor structure (#12), and even a fun dollhouse blueprint (#7). Sure, you can buy one from Amazon- but DIY lets you customize your space! You can even use these plans for chinchillas since the two are so closely related. Soon your ‘little potatoes’ will have a cozy home to call their own… Make sure you consult the sizing requirements below before you build- you’ll want to construct your cage with these ratios in mind: Space Requirements Cage Size Standards # of PigsMinimumPREFERRED Square Feetin Inches 15.7 sq ft39″ x 21″more is better 27.3 sq ft46″ x 23″10.5 sq feet 310.5 sq ft50″ x 30″13 sq feet 413 sq ft30″ x 62″more is better *Source 1. Turn an Old Dresser Into a New Home If you have any old furniture sitting around, try making this one-of-a-kind house for your furry friends. This builder found theirs on the street, as a neighbor was throwing the chest away. Just pick a chest relative to the size your cage is going to be. You’ll need some hinges, drain pipes, wires, a drill, wire cutters, and more, but this project is well worth the effort. You can cover each shelf/level with carpet, foam, tiles, or keep the wood. Just make sure you use your tape measure! Don’t forget to include a way to lock the doors — you don’t want your guinea pig getting out. A dog leash clip actually works well for this. Although time-consuming, this DIY is fun, creative, and resourceful. VIEW PLANS2. Cardboard Playhouse This project is simple, can be done with your children, and only requires three supplies. The shape of the structure is completely customizable — you can make a dome, pyramid, rectangular house, etc. Just make sure to measure your guinea pig’s cage and cut the walls out so everything will fit. Use a strong but non-toxic glue to adhere the walls and roof together. This is probably unnecessary and completely superfluous, but you can paint and decorate the outside and inside of the house. Consider making a brick design, adding a “Home Sweet Home” sign by the front entrance, or painting a fake garden on the perimeter. VIEW PLANS3. Make a Mini Version of Your Home This is another double story cage for making a space with some personality. You might even have some of the supplies already, like paint, magnets, pieces of fabric, and knick-knacks. Cut and paint your wood (using a bright color really brightens up the space and your home), stick it together, and you’re basically done. The designer made a staircase to the upper level by incrementally gluing round sticks on a slanted piece of wood. He also replicated his family’s own living room in the design. You can put up tiny little photographs and frame them, make couches out of foam or plastic, use parts from dollhouses, etc. It’s a great alternative instead of purchasing C&C (cubes and coroplast) cages. VIEW PLANS4. High Security Prison If your guinea pig is a troublemaker and often finds ways to sneak out, try making this. The builder says it only took an hour to make and wasn’t expensive- it’s one of the more exciting cages we’ve seen. The materials needed are scrap wood panels, zip ties, pliers, a drill, copper wire, and a hacksaw. The wood needs to be…