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    Question New piggy chews on grids.....

    I'm sure that there are tons of threads like this one, sorry!......... When I went to get them from his old owner I noticed a whole bunch of his grids were really chewed (2x7, btw). They were mainly on the lower base of the cage, so I thought that that had passed so I didn't ask her about it. He mainly does it when I am in the room or when I have another piggy out for floor time (twice a day while I sweep up, all of my boys love floor time) but I have heard him chewing away at them when I am not in there. If I go over to his cage and give him some attention for a second, he stops. Then 5 minutes later, he's at it again. He has plenty of chew toys and hay to munch on. I really think he just wants to get of out the cage to say hi to me. their cage grids are very chewed up and I no this isn't good for him to chew on. Would putting the corro walls higher work or maybe plexiglass? I've heard of using bitter apple, even vinegar but I'm not sure.. A few days ago I was considering trying Wrigley and his brother with Guinea because Wrigley seemed like he wanted to say hi to Guinea. After seeing Wrigley's reaction during his floor time through Guinea's cage grids this will never happen. He is such a sweet boy when it comes to me and his brother; I've never gotten so many piggy kisses in my life!

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    Haven't gotten any replies yet I think I might just go with the taller corroplast walls.

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    Taller coroplast sounds good. Or, try to entertain your pigs with more toys. Or, you could use bitter apple spray for small animals.

    Here, this may help: Guinea Pig Behaviour

    Or this:Guinea Pig Behaviour | Guinea Pig Manual

    Good luck!

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    I think you don't want to put taller Coroplast all the way around. It hinders the ventilation too much. Especially not plexiglass, that would be even worse. I was looking at the GuineaPigCages website to get some advice on making a C&C this summer, and it said to add six inches all the way around for walls, but one--one--could be a twelve for the back wall, because twelve all the way around would really mess with ventilation. It's like keeping you pig in an open-topped tank. However, I do not know just how much taller you are planning to make it...
    Like @CallieLovesPigs has stated, the bitter apple spray would most likely work.

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    I will definitely try the bitter apple but he is pretty excessive about it and I know he has been doing this for a long time. I might have to do taller walls on the 2 sides he chews on, the other 2 he doesn't touch. I don't like that idea, but I don't want him to break his teeth.

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    Well, I spoke to his old owner.. She said he rarely did that at her house.. I am 99% sure he did, since the grids came pre chewed. I will change a few things around in their cage to see if that helps.

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    My suggestions for chewers are:
    1) At least for now, just dump hay in the cage, if you don't already.
    2) Throw in some apple branches if you have any...or buy them from a pet store
    3) Buy willow huts, tunnels, etc.

    I have found that if I do these things when I get a chewer, eventually the chewing subsides and then I can wean them off the willow stuff as that makes a mess.

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    I just ordered a bunch of apple sticks from Amazon, hoping they get here soon! He has a willow ball in his cage at the moment, it is chewed up though, so it's time to replace it. I have fiddle sticks that I am going to put in his cage, too. My boys love the willow balls too much to take away. Thanks for the ideas!

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    Does he have a friend in his cage?

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    Ah, Felix is an avid grid destroyer too. I found one thing that makes a difference is if I have a blanket marked by Izzy over the bunk beds. I'm not sure if it bugs him or what be he will chew and chew and chew. I also covered with a towel the small section he was destroying. It helped for a while, then he moved onto a new spot. But I think you could cover with a sheet or something, where he chews? That was it's only a small part and you get better ventilation than a 4mm thick wall of plastic.

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    My boys chew the grids no matter what I have done to try and prevent it. It's pretty annoying. I'd much rather them wheek then chew!

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    You'd probably still have plenty of ventilation in a 2x7 with taller coroplast sides.

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    Thanks all! @skinnypigs, he does have a buddy with him. I adopted them last week, so they are still new here. Just trying to find out what works well for them No matter how many chew toys I have in their cage, he still likes to munch on those girds when I come in the room or when the other boys get near him. I have 3 cages in the same room.. they are not connected, just right beside each other. I broke down and bought another sheet of coro and made them a new 3x5 cage with much taller walls. They are 11 inches! Much taller than what I would have liked to go, but at least I don't have to worry about him breaking his teeth. Maybe one day I can start making them shorter but I'll let him get adjusted first. Plus side of all of this is he is chewing on the appropriate toys now

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    Re: New piggy chews on grids.....

    Is it okay to use bitter apple spray used for dogs? It won't make them sick?

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