Cages ideal for guinea pigs are rather easy to build. If you try to build one yourself you will not only save money, but also be in a position to make it according to your preferences. Let us outline the main steps involved in accomplishing this task.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Measuring tape
- Wire storage cubes grid panels
- Corrugated plastic sheeting
- Utility knife
- Storage cube connectors or zip ties
- Duct tape
Step 1 - Planning
If you have enough space available where to place it, your guinea pigs will prefer to have a roomy cage rather than a small one. So, start off by deciding in which room or area you will place the cage, and then decide on the dimensions accordingly. The more space your guinea pigs will have, the happier and healthier they will be. Besides it will be more active as it can move and play more freely. List the materials and tools that you will need, and once you acquire them you can start off on your project.
Step 2 - Connecting the Grid Panels
The best way to build a guinea pig cage is to use a series of wire storage cubes grid panels. These are rather easy to work with, relatively cheap, and quite sturdy. They are also easy to clean since they are coated with plastic. Acquire as many as you need depending on the dimensions of your cage. In order to connect them together you just have to snap connectors at the top and bottom parts. Instead of storage cube connectors you can also use zip ties. Once this is done you will have already built the perimeter of your cage.
Step 3 - Cutting and Attaching the Base
The base of your cage can be made from some corrugated plastic sheeting. This is a good material which is not only quite robust, but also easy to clean. Measure the inner area of the cage, in between the outlining grid panels, and cut the corrugated plastic sheeting accordingly. Alternatively, you can also cover the sides of the cage, rather than just the base. In that case add up the height of the two sides to the length of the base. Use a utility knife to cut the plastic sheeting. Then, place it beneath the frame of grid panels, and fold the sides upwards. Attach the plastic sheeting to the grid panels using duct tape at every few intervals.
Step 4 - The Top Part of the Cage
Some may prefer to leave the top part of the cage open so as to be better able to watch and play with their guinea pigs. However if you wish to cover it you can easily do so by building a wooden cover with a piece of plywood, or else by attaching a transparent plastic sheet.
Step 5 - Final Touches
Now you should line part of the cage's base with old towels, rags and other similar fabric which will make a comfy bedding for your guinea pigs. On the other side place a guinea pig litter box, food and water dispensers. Add some wood toys and other accessories which will make your guinea pigs happy.