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    Cage location and cleaning

    Hi all,

    My daughter recently adopted 2 female guinea pigs. At present their cage is in our office on the computer desk because we have a dog (standard Poodle/Shepard mix, the rooms are separated by tall baby gates. The kids are in and out of this room constantly but with school starting on a few weeks, the room will not be occupied as much as the family room. I would like to move them into the family room as it is off of the kitchen and has the most traffic out of all the rooms. The only locations I have available are near windows (no direct sunlight as there is a covered screened porch covering windows and no draft as we replaced the windows a few years ago). Would it be ok to have the cage in the same room as the dog? Maybe place their cage on top of his crate? I would place a piece of plywood on top of the crate first. I know not to let the guinea's out of the cage while the dog is out of his crate. He crys when he can't see them. He loves to look at their cage and watch them, he wags his tail the entire time and cry's more when he's out of the room. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    On a side note, how do you clean all the stool without shoveling up too much bedding. We are using carefree paper based bedding and I seem to scoop up more bedding then stool. I am using a small plastic shovel.

    Thanks!!

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    Re: Cage location and cleaning

    Welcome to the forums!

    First thing you'll want to do is make sure the cage is large enough since I can't think of any appropriately sized cage that would fit on a dog crate, petstore cages are too small. You can see here what size cage you need (2x4 grid):

    http://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/about-candccages

    In regards to the dog, while the dog may seem friendly I would be careful about what he might do if he gets overly excited about the pigs. I've read quite a few stories on this forum about a dog jumping unto the cage and crushing/killing the pigs. While some dogs are fine, they are still predators deep down and pigs are prey so if you decide to build your own C&C style (or alternative) cage make sure to reinforce it so that if the dog did jump unto it it won't buckle and kill the pigs. If your kids are also really young it would also be a good precaution to prevent them from picking them up and dropping them when you're not there to lock the cage somehow.

    https://www.guineapigcages.com/safety.htm
    http://cavyspirit.com/kidsandguineapigs.htm

    Aside from that the family room would be a great place for the pigs. It'll be easy to see them which means you're more likely to notice when they are sick (they are very good at hiding illness), you get to fully enjoy their presence, and pigs actually like a busy household.

    As for the bedding, most people here use fleece with an absorbent layer underneath it such as wood pellets or u-haul blankets which you can read more about on the sticky posts in the 'Fleece' category of the forums. It's a more affordable bedding option long term and its very comfortable for the pigs (not to mention it looks adorable).

    https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/forums/6-Fleece

    Finally, since you are new here we always recommend new pig owners to read the links in the following post thoroughly to ensure you have all the right information about their care etc. even if you think you've already read up on it, since there's a lot of misinformation out there especially given out by pet stores and most care books:

    https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum...nea-pig-owners

    If you have any more questions don't be afraid to ask we're happy to help

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