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    Would this really work?

    A coworker of mine sent me this picture yesterday. It?s a dresser that?s been modified for use by piggies. I have the perfect chest-of-drawers for this project, but I must know:would it really be a viable option, or is it just for kitsch value?



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    Re: Would this really work?

    It's WAY too small for two guinea pigs, and has very poor air circulation. Pigs also need a large flat space to run in, and they don't have it in that cage. I wouldn't put my pigs in it.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    It's WAY too small for two guinea pigs, and has very poor air circulation. Pigs also need a large flat space to run in, and they don't have it in that cage. I wouldn't put my pigs in it.
    I had my doubts, but I wanted a second opinion


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    Re: Would this really work?

    Looks nice, but no way.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Way too small for guinea pigs! Though, change the Plexiglas to wire and add some wire on the sides of the cage, and it would make a decent rat cage .

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Looks quite small, I wouldn't put any guinea pigs in it.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Ditto. That type of setup can work for a hamster, but no good for guinea pigs.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Hey, I'm realy leke this forum...
    So much information....

    I noticed this "home" for gunea pigs and it very cute
    Can it use for one?

    Thanks,

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Welcome to the forum, @Greysy. But your picture/link didn't post.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greysy View Post
    Hey, I'm realy leke this forum...
    So much information....

    I noticed this "home" for gunea pigs and it very cute
    Can it use for one?

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    No! You can't have just one pig. They are highly socail and need a guinea pig companion. Annd it isn't even the minimum size for one, which is 4.5 square feet

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Now I feell that I must to have same more guinea pigs

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Actually, the minimum size for one pig is closer to 8 square feet.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Actually, the minimum size for one pig is closer to 8 square feet.
    8 square feet for 2. This is the minimum agreed on by vets and rescues all over.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cizzzi View Post
    8 square feet for 2. This is the minimum agreed on by vets and rescues all over.
    https://www.humanesociety.org/resour...ea-pig-housing

    Emphasis on the "more is preferred" part. To give you an idea (and I understand that not everyone can do this) my pair of boars have a cage and pen in my living room that is almost 40 square feet.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guinea Pig Papa View Post
    https://www.humanesociety.org/resour...ea-pig-housing

    Emphasis on the "more is preferred" part. To give you an idea (and I understand that not everyone can do this) my pair of boars have a cage and pen in my living room that is almost 40 square feet.
    Yes, more is defiantly better. I'm just saying that the minimum is that, not that that's the ideal cage. Also, 40 square feet is HUGE. My girls have a nearly 16 foot cage (exactly the same as a 2x5 C&C) and we can barley fit that haha.



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    Re: Would this really work?

    Actually, Teresa's recommended cage sizes are the same as those of the SPCA and other organizations -- 7.5 square feet for one pig as a minimum, 10.5 preferred. See this link: https://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/about-candccages. And if you poke around in her other stuff, you'll find the same standards for the other organizations.

    I've never seen 4.5 square feet recommended as a minimum by anybody except the people who manufacture and sell pet store cages. I'd like to see your references on that.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    Actually, Teresa's recommended cage sizes are the same as those of the SPCA and other organizations -- 7.5 square feet for one pig as a minimum, 10.5 preferred. See this link: https://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/about-candccages. And if you poke around in her other stuff, you'll find the same standards for the other organizations.

    I've never seen 4.5 square feet recommended as a minimum by anybody except the people who manufacture and sell pet store cages. I'd like to see your references on that.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrH...ulk098AkuEowKg this person volunteers at the LA Guinea Pig Rescue, which is the largest in the world (I believe anyway), and this is their website: https://www.laguineapigrescue.com/cages.html
    I could be mistaken and misheard.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Also this site, which is a little confusing as it agrees with us both, saying that the minimum for one is 7.5 but that the minimum for 2 is also 7.5. https://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/about-candccages

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    Re: Would this really work?

    it looks cool, I'm not sure that it will be convenient to operate and clean.

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    Re: Would this really work?

    Seems like many people do such houses.
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    I would like to build something similar to my two guinea pigs when I move to my new property in Greece. But I would make it bigger for air circulation.

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