May 12, 2010

Cavy Cages for Carmen!

Now, I'm going to talk about the biggest, and most worthwhile, craft project of the year: my guinea pig cage!
You see, it all started with one little guinea named Lulu. Lulu came to me alone in a 1x2ft store-bought cage along with a plastic "pigloo". I immediately began to research the proper care and housing of guinea pigs and stumbled upon a lot of surprising information. Mostly it sums down to the idea that the pet stores are misinformed about the proper care of guinea pigs, and they pass this misinformation to pet owners worldwide. served as the main source for my plan to build a roomy guinea pig cage that could also serve as a storage unit. I went through many different formats of cubes and [insert material] as possible until I found some fairly priced coroplast that could be shipped to my home. Though it is cut into 14x14 inch squares I managed to get together a useful cage that my guinea pigs love! The structure is made of wire grids (or "cubes") that I found in a variety of places, the bottom consists of squares of coroplast taped together to prevent any seepage, it is then lined with newspaper and lastly topped with a fleece blanket (I have 4 I bought at CVS for $2.50 a pop). The hay rack is made of a bent cube, I use a doggy bed for them to sleep on ($5 CVS, and they love it!) and a piggloo and water bottle is shown below. I have a bunch of houses and bottles so when one is being washed I can use the others. It is a work that is constantly under construction as I find more innovative ways of cleaning and feeding them. Of course, now I have 4 lovely piggies to fill it: Lulu, Reed, Lily, and Rose.

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