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pigster59
06-29-10, 05:25 pm
I just got a hutch for one of my piggies and it came with a grid floor. I don't know if it would be safe or not to have her live in this cage. It also has a wood floored room on the right side. I want to use a grid to try to keep the cage cleaner, but I'm not sure if this one is okay. Is there a certain size spacing that is good for guinea pigs?

MaggieMae
06-29-10, 06:20 pm
I just got a hutch for one of my piggies and it came with a grid floor. I don't know if it would be safe or not to have her live in this cage. It also has a wood floored room on the right side. I want to use a grid to try to keep the cage cleaner, but I'm not sure if this one is okay. Is there a certain size spacing that is good for guinea pigs?

Guinea pigs feet were not made for grid floors. They can seriously hurt their feet as well as inflict sores and cause them great pain like this:
http://www.guinealynx.info/pododermatitis.html

TwilightStar
06-29-10, 06:34 pm
Do not use this hutch! It is completely unsafe. Grids are way to big to walk on, their feet can get stuck, it can cause sores, and they could fear walking around and stay in one place.
This is a terrible environment for your guinea pig, do not put it in there. Instead, build a CC cage.

guineapig67
06-29-10, 06:50 pm
If you really can't get another cage put coroplast on the grids. That will save trips to the vet

MaggieMae
06-29-10, 07:08 pm
If you really can't get another cage put coroplast on the grids. That will save trips to the vet

You would have to put something down on the coroplast as bedding though or you will end up at the vet with other problems due to them sitting in and breathing in fumes from their waste.

Is this hutch outside?
Can you return it still?

Honestly, hutches do not make good guinea pig homes without being remodeled. In my opinion they make minimally acceptable homes after that. At least, that is, unless you do some really amazing alterations.

C&C cages are so much better/easier/cheaper. We would be happy to talk to you about switching if that is possible.

Either way if you keep the hutch it is not going to be ideal, but if you must use it hopefully we could come up with a way to at least make it a little safer. I do have to say many people come here with sad stories about guinea pigs they have lost due to either roaming animals outdoors or injuries due to unsafe homes. I can't stress enough how much I do not recommend this type of cage.

TwilightStar
06-29-10, 07:13 pm
I am not sure if you plan on keeping your guinea pigs outside or not, but since you bought a hutch I'll assume so.
Outside is not appropriate for many reasons, and I'm not even going to go into detail about how people's pets have been stolen/killed by humans or animals.
The temperature is not suitable for guinea pigs as it tends to drop at night.
Also, it is more likely that they aren't given as much attention and it will be harder to see signs of illness.
If you want a cage that's easy to clean, try a CC cage inside with fleece bedding. It is super easy to clean, all you have to do is vacuum or sweep up the poos/wash it 2-3 times a week.

guineapig67
06-29-10, 07:20 pm
Well oviously you would have to put bedding in.

pigster59
06-29-10, 07:26 pm
Thanks for the replies! I took out the grid and swapped it with a regular floor. I keep her outside with a fan nearby and an icepack. I also put some holes on the top left side to help with ventilation.

lissie
06-30-10, 09:01 am
Please don't house your guinea pigs outside. There are many reasons why. Please read:
http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/about-cages/25502-summer-coming-should-you-house-your-guinea-pig-outside.html

Consider building them an indoor cage. Guinea Pig Cages, Your Cavy At Home (http://www.guineapigcages.com/)
How to Make a C&C Cage (http://www.guineapigcages.com/howto.htm)

If you cannot build, please buy an adequate sized cage for them.
Amazon.com: Midwest Expandable Guinea Habitat: Kitchen & Dining (http://www.amazon.com/Midwest-Homes-for-Pets-171GH/dp/B001NJ0DPY)

From your gallery, I see you have 1 boy and 1 girl. I'm glad you are not housing them together. Are you planning to get one of them fixed? If not, please buy or build a separate cage for them. Do not house them together.

VoodooJoint
06-30-10, 09:18 am
Florida is hot and GPs do not do well in the heat. It is also unsafe outside. Your pet/s are subject to temperature fluctuations, weather (sometimes extreme), insects and parasites and predators (including humans). You also would not notice the subtle changes in behavior that can signal illness and it could be many, long hours before you were to check on them to see if they were injured or ill. They are small, domesticated, prey creatures that belong inside the comfort and safety of a home.