Gone are the days when guinea pig owners kept their pets in their backyard pen with little to no family interaction. Now many owners prefer to keep pigs in the house, their pets automatically become pets. Every guinea pig needs a comfortable home. This article will tell you how you can create a comfortable home for your pet with your own hands.
An indoor guinea pig house has many benefits. For example, it becomes possible to control the movement of air inside the house if the walls are made of wire in the form of a cage. In addition, the cage will allow the guinea pigs to stay involved in the activities taking place in the room, thus spending time with their beloved owners.
Even though guinea pigs are small animals, they need plenty of room to run and exercise to be happy and healthy. For this reason, it is better to choose fairly large and free cages and houses. Physical exercise is very important for healthy guinea pigs. The best way for them to stay mobile is to run in circles around their house. If the area of the house is too small, the animals will be bored, they risk serious health problems, such as heart disease or diabetes.
Making a guinea pig house can be quite easy and fun. A homemade house can be a great place for a pet to live in a living room. And here everyone can get creative, creating the perfect shelter for their pet.
Most pet store cages are too small for your guinea pigs to exhibit natural behavior and live the life they deserve. To create the perfect pet home on your own, you might consider building a cage out of a plastic pallet and wire inserts instead of impenetrable walls. Respectively, the plastic pallet forms the base for the cage.
Making your own cage
To create your own cage, you may need materials that can always be found in hardware stores or on the Internet. To build a cage, you’ll need a sheet of plastic large enough to form the base of your cage, as well as a ‘cubed’ metal grid to form the sides of the house. To ensure your pet has the space it needs, experts recommend the following sizes, depending on the number of guinea pigs:
- 1 guinea pig: area – 0.7 sq. m, grid size – 76×91 cm;
- 2 guinea pigs: area – 0.7 sq. m, grid size 76×127 cm;
- 3 guinea pigs: area – 1 sq. m, grid size – 76x157cm;
- 4 guinea pigs: area – 1.2 square meters. m, grid size – 76x193cm.
If you cannot calculate and draw a diagram according to which you will make a cage for guinea pigs yourself, look on the Internet, there are many ready-made solutions. One of the options must definitely fit and become ideal when creating the best house for your pets.
The drawings will help you properly assemble the cage so that guinea pigs live in a good home for a long time.
Inside the house, all suspended structures can be designed and made from readily available and inexpensive materials. All it takes is time, a few basic building tools, and a little imagination. Making a guinea pig house is the perfect way to get creative. Whether it’s an L-shaped dwelling or using different levels, creating your own creation means you can make it exactly how you want it.
Undoubtedly, to see how the pigs happily run and make joyful squealing sounds is happiness for every owner. The best place in your home for guinea pigs will be a room that is not too warm and not so damp, otherwise guinea pigs can just get sick.
You need to choose a safe place away from other pets and loud noises, but close to your family.
The best material for cage equipment
Once the construction of the guinea pig house is over, you can begin to equip it inside to make it softer, warmer and more comfortable for the animals. Whether you choose a material for a hammock or a crib, you should only choose absorbent fabric, because guinea pigs do not use litter boxes, as rabbits, for example, can.
You can use recycled shredded paper, wood shavings, or paper towels to create a cozy cage. The important thing to remember here is to avoid any wood shavings that may have a high content of essential oils or preservatives as these can be poisonous to pets. Both wood shavings and shredded paper are single use and must be disposed of and replaced if contaminated.
Always make sure that the wood shavings or paper are not wet.
Using layered towels or wool can be more effective as the material can be washed and reused. You can get creative, using colors and patterns, you can create a separate little palace for guinea pigs in the cage. This is where they will sleep and hide.
All about the details
After creating the house, you can proceed to the arrangement and formation of soft pillows for your pets. Guinea pigs need a lot of movement, they also need entertainment. For example, guinea pigs’ favorite pastimes include running back and forth through tunnels, guinea pigs love climbing and descending ramps and hiding in shelters.
Tunnels can be made to any length to fit a new home. They are best made from plastic material, so they will be easier to wash, besides, plastic practically does not get dirty due to its smooth surface. You can also make tunnels out of cardboard wrapped in pieces of an old blanket.
Create your own ramps that will lead to the ceiling of the cage, so that the pigs run up and then down. It is better to make such ramps from safe plastic or wood. These materials can also be used to create platforms and dens for guinea pigs to hide in. Note that your guinea pigs will need a place in the cage where they can hide and sleep.
If the house and materials you use for your guinea pigs are harmless and do not pose a health risk, you will create the perfect home for your pet.
For a video on how to make a guinea pig house, see below.