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Cavyman
05-12-04, 07:32 am
Hello all

I love the site and wanted to post a message.

It all started when my 9 year old step daughter came home from school with a 3 month old gray female piggie in a box. A teacher let her have it and my wife said OK thinkig it came with a cage and other items.

We named her Piglet "the wife is a big whiney the pooh fan"

Well my wife bought a cage for it, food, water bottles, Pine bedding stuff and learned that she got the wrong cage. The cage had a wire bottom. We covered that with cardboard but that was not good enough. The bedding was getting kicked out of the cage.

1st Cage $35

So we decide we need a new cage.
Was reading info on the web and learned alot about these lil ones. We learned that they are happier if they have a companion. So we decided to buy another female.
Turns out the local petstore had a deal where if you buy a cage you get the Piggie for $15 dollars off.

So we got a second Female Piggie, she is brown with some white and black. Wife named her Tiger.

The larger cages where $119 and up, but I found a good sized one for $50 that had a door on top and looked spacious for 2 Piggies.

2nd cage $50

After getting it all set up and moving the Piggies, they had a lil dominance dance but appear to get along fine now.

It is now quite clear that this cage is TINY!

More web research led me to this wonderful site..

I intend to build a C&C cage for them this weekend. :)

My plan is to make a 2x4, maybe 2x5 cage and have it on our living room floor, near a wall. Its a good spot because it is not a High traffic area but it is close to everyone who is in the living room watching tv and whatnot.

I noticed alot of people put cages on the floor so i suppose it is ok to do it that way. I cant afford to spend much more money on this hobby right now...

I plan to do the following with bedding..
Bottom layer, Newspaper
Next layer - Pine shaving stuff until we are out
Top - Timothy Hay

I wanted to know how safe it is to put cloth type items in the cage. They appear to enjoy chewing everything, yet i read where people put carpet in the gage, rags, dolls and the like. wouldnt they chew that and get sick?
What about cardboard from shoe boxes and the like?

tashagurl
05-13-04, 01:18 am
Cardboards ok. A good toy is the empty toilet paper/paper towel rolls. They love to chew them up and toss them all over the cage. Shoeboxes are a good inexpensive hidy house. Mine adore them.

CavySpirit
05-13-04, 01:56 am
Welcome to the site. Glad you found it. Your pigs will love the new digs when you get it done.

Have you double-checked the sexing page (www.cavyspirit.com/sexing.htm (http://www.cavyspirit.com/sexing.htm)) to confirm the sexes? That's very important.

When the cage is large enough, you can add in some other toys or play things. Some of my pigs like a stuffed thing to use as a pillow. Amazingly, they've never chewed it. But you do have to check to make sure they don't. The old toys page has all the info, but I have reformatted it yet. Check it out: www.cavycages.com/toys.htm (http://www.cavycages.com/toys.htm).