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    Store brought guinea pig cage

    Ok guys I'm thinking of buying this guinea pig cage for my two young guinea pigs its

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Size:  41.8 KB cage black wire with blue plastic base
    Metal stand with wheels
    One raised level with ramp
    Dimensions: 1015L x 510W x 900H mm

    Is this a ok size , but I was also thinking of connecting my other cage to it which is 76cm long

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    No, that's not nearly large enough for one pig, much less two. That cage is roughly .5 square meters, which is less than the minimum for one pig. Even the addition wouldn't bring it up to the right size for one pig.

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    So a cage that's 176 cm long isn't large enough for two pigs

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    I'm fairly certain the only acceptable store bought cage available in North America would be the Midwest Guinea Pig Habitat. You can find it on Amazon for a decent price.

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    Firstly, do you have boys or girls?

    For those who don't use the metric system, that works out to be 39.9" long 20" wide and 35" high.

    That is smaller than a 2x3 C&C cage, which is the minimum recommended size for a single/female pair of guinea pigs. However, a 2x4 is far preferred.

    The dimensions of a 2x3 C&C cage are 42" long, 28" wide, and 14" high. So while it's only 2" shorter, it is 8" narrower.

    Plus, those dimensions probably come from the outside of the cage, not inside that blue pan where the animal actually lives. Given that it inclines inwards, I'm guessing that shaves off at least another precious inch of space from the perimeter.

    You don't need a high cage for guinea pigs, as they aren't climbers and don't like levels. That cage is more designed for rats. They love to climb and would appreciate all the vertical space, especially if filled with hammocks and all sorts of loungy spots. Guinea pigs are ground animals, they prefer to be on the ground.

    If you have a pair of boys, a 2x5 C&C cage is *highly* recommended.

    If you have a pair of girls, a 2x4 C&C cage is *highly recommended.

    If you for some reason have to do a store bought cage, get a midwest. Here is a link which has a bunch of pictures of midwest cages http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...hlight=midwest

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    I live in New Zealand and we don't even have c&c cages here and if we want them it cost so much money to get them from America and a cage that big over here would be $400 no joke the blue cage is $120 alone

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    And I have two girls they are still young and that cage is for guinea pigs and rabbits

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    Store brought guinea pig cage

    You don't have to make a C&C cage, there are plenty of alternatives to make a big enough cage. And I'm not positive, but I think there's a New Zealand member on here who does have C&C cages.

    That cage is not big enough for any guinea pig of any age or sex. And it would be downright cruel to keep a rabbit in it.

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    It's 101 cm long and plus 76 cm from the other cage it would be 176 cm long which I thought the minimum was 120cm

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    There are several users from New Zealand here -- maybe they could help you find a better cage for less money. @oldnewie and @RodentCuddles are both there -- you could PM them and ask.

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    @RodentCuddles is from NZ. Perhaps she can give you some advice.

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    Quote Originally Posted by taylaslife View Post
    And I have two girls they are still young and that cage is for guinea pigs and rabbits
    I just wanted to warn you that several companies advertise their products as "for guinea pigs", when they truly aren't at all. You'll find guinea pigs on the pictures of cages, pellets, treats, and several other things around your local pet store. You'll even see the bag or box say, "For Guinea Pigs". With further research, you'll realize these products are terribly unhealthy and sometimes dangerous. Never completely believe something (and never give it to your guinea pig), until you do further research. If you're wondering if something is okay for your piggies, feel free to ask your questions about it on this forum!

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    Just a question what's the minimum cage size in cm

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    There's an Australia/New Zealand section on this forum, maybe try contacting members/posting there as well?

    Closet shelving seems to be a possibility, or at least it is in Australia. I would think there'd be closet shelving somewhere in NZ as well http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...tern-Australia

    A cage size chart can be found here http://www.guineapigcages.com/
    However, you have to have this space be a large, open space. You can't have two cages attached together with only a small door to get through to the other cage, and count that as the same area as if it was a large, open space. They need space to run laps and popcorn.
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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

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    Cage size

    Is a 176cm long cage large enough for two female guinea pigs

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    Re: Cage size

    How wide is it?

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    @taylaslife, don't start new threads on a topic you've already started. I've merged your two threads.

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    Wow you guys can be rude and its 176 cm long and 51 cm wide

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    Re: Store brought guinea pig cage

    No, it's not large enough for even one pig, much less two. Click on the Main tab at the top of this page for recommended cage sizes.

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