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Chewing Safe woods for wooden cages

Elsie Chan

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Hello!
I was wondering what kind of wood that can be safe for guinea pigs in case they chew on the sides. I'm thinking of Plywood lined with Vinyl tiles for the bottom of the cage, any suggestions of what wood I can use for the sides? I was also wondering if this Billy bookcase is an option for a guinea pig cage? http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/10323354/ Thank you. :eek::love:
 

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A billy bookcase is okay as long as it is laid down flat on its back with all the shelves removed. If you did that it would give them an internal space a little smaller than 202 cm long by 80 cm wide, giving them a little less than 1.6 square metres of living space, with 28 cm tall sides. However you would need to do something to extend the sides as 28cm is too short and guinea pigs will jump out.

Edit to add: Alternatively you could get several of the $8 lack coffee tables http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/90161673/#/00193664
If configured in a 2 table wide x 3 tables long rectangle that would give you 165 cm length and 110 cm width, for at total of 1.8 square metres of living space. Alternatively 2 tables by 2 tables would give you 1.2 square metres of space which is the ideal size for a pair of guinea pigs of either gender. I have seen guinea pig cages made of lack coffee tables, with plexiglass/clear acrylic sides.
 
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