Why I Decided to Change My Cavy Cage
Problems With Our Old Cages
I knew how important exercise was to my guinea pigs. I didn't have to read that in a book or on a web
site. They loved to run their piggy laps several times a day, so I gave them as much "floor time" as possible.
But still, most of their time was spent in their cage(s). This got me thinking: Is our cage setup big
enough? Do my pigs have enough opportunity to exercise and play?
Originally, their cages were linked together with lots of tunnels, as in the above photo, with a tunnel
to the floor, opened whenever we could keep an eye on them for "floor time." Although, they could get some
exercise moving through the tunnels between cages, they could not do their piggy laps whenever they wanted. In addition,
they started using their tunnels as toilets, and the tunnels were very hard to break apart and clean, so we had to
Without the connecting tunnels, our two female piggies shared one cage at a time, since they wanted to
be together. That was an awfully small amount of space for two pigs to share for most of each day.
And I had another problem... Even though they enjoyed running laps around my living room, they soon
learned how much they loved "hanging out" under my couch. That became such a favorite resting spot that it was
hard to coax them out, and they began to think of this area not only as a bed, but a toilet.
So, how could I give my furry friends enough room to run around whenever they chose?
A Solution That Didn't Work