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Advice please on best 160 cage

Pixie1980

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Hi
I've just joined as we are looking to get 3 (preferably female) piggies in a couple of months. I've had guinea pigs before and grew up with loads.
I'm driving myself mad looking at all the cage options lol
Decided against c and c for now as much as I love them as we have four big cats and a dog so need a more solid cage.
I want as big a one as possible. Have looked at the little friends 160, the ferplast 160, liberta 160 and just can't decide which is best. If anyone can recommend some more too that would be great. Really want a good top opening as well as side doors and deep enough that I can add a platform level in for them. If it has a stand option that's even better too!
Any recommendations would be great! X
 

Pearl and Zip

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You can put lids on c and c cages. There aren’t really many store bought cages big enough for three pigs. Isn’t the 160 only 10 square feet? Three sows need 12 preferably, although 10 is the bare minimum.
 
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Pixie1980

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It's bigger than the c&c 2x4 I was looking at. The little friends one is 160cm long and 80cm wide. I did look at the lids but I don't feel they'd be strong enough with cats, dog and young children. X
 

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A 160cm cage isnt quite big enough for 3 guinea pigs. It might work, depending on the girls personalities, but you do run the risk of it being a little too small for them and it can cause them to argue and fall out which could end up costing more space if they then need to live separate (and the one who ends up alone will end up needing a new friend) in the long term
The recommended size for 3 piggies is 180cm (6 feet) but you won’t be able to buy a 180cm commercial cage. You would be looking at a recommended size of a 2x5 c&c cage for 3 piggies (a 2x5 c&c is big enough for either three females, one neutered male and two females or two males), but bigger is always better so pushing it to a 2x6 would be even better for three. The lids are actually really quite good (I’ve had c&c with a lid).
(I just wanted to mention, the fact you say you want 3 pigs, and then say ‘preferably’ female. If you want three, you will have to have either all female or one neutered male and two females. You cannot put three male piggies together, a maximum of two males can live together quite happily but add a third male and there will be fights. )
 

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Thanks for the advice. When I was looking at c&c it says the 2x4 is enough for 2/3 piggies. If this is ok at 147cm, how come the 160cm isn't big enough? Not trying to argue lol. Just genuinely interested x
 

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The cage size guide on this website is much more accurate in terms of what really works for piggies rather than a website for getting sales. I would not attempt to put any more than 2 pigs in a 2x4 - and for some pairs of pigs a 2x4 isn’t even big enough! I had my two in a 2x4 and they bickered, I increased their cage size and things were pretty much instantly better.
 

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To the cage size I can say something. I have a 160cm x 80cm cage with a 160cm x 60cm loft I have four guinea pigs.
The 160 x 80 has nearly the space of 2x5 C&c cage. The 160 x 60 is smaller then a 2x4 C&c cage. So the wide really matters for the size.

Space in square meters:
C&C 2x5: 1.3 sqm
160 x 80: 1.28 sqm
C&C 2x4: 1 sqm
160 x 60: 0.9 sqm

So a 160 x 80 cage would be fine for three piggies whilst a 160 x 60 is to small. The ferplast is a 160 x 60 so it is to small.
 

Pixie1980

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To the cage size I can say something. I have a 160cm x 80cm cage with a 160cm x 60cm loft I have four guinea pigs.
The 160 x 80 has nearly the space of 2x5 C&c cage. The 160 x 60 is smaller then a 2x4 C&c cage. So the wide really matters for the size.

Space in square meters:
C&C 2x5: 1.3 sqm
160 x 80: 1.28 sqm
C&C 2x4: 1 sqm
160 x 60: 0.9 sqm

So a 160 x 80 cage would be fine for three piggies whilst a 160 x 60 is to small. The ferplast is a 160 x 60 so it is to small.
Thank you 🙂 It's the wider one I was looking at getting. The ferplast seemed too narrow. Thinking of the little friends one. Even though it'll take up half my kitchen lol! 🤦🏻‍♀️😂
 

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I think you should get what you want for your place, kitchen or wherever you wish to have your piggies.

I also have cages with wheels for Finn and Lara, and they live in separate cages. I move them around the house to introduce them to new views of the house. They also get views to the outside when placed near the glass doors.
I really like washing their cages with soap and water then wipe down with vinegar to keep everything clean for them. I also use vinegar to soak their fleece beddings.

If you have a playpen, which is what I have then you don't need to get a huge big C&C cage.
 

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I wouldn't be able to sleep at night with a top on C&C cage with all the big animals roaming around the house. My piggies won't be able to sleep either.
For the safety of the piggies, get a secure cage. Consider a playpen for them to roam around with you looking over them.
 

Pixie1980

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I wouldn't be able to sleep at night with a top on C&C cage with all the big animals roaming around the house. My piggies won't be able to sleep either.
For the safety of the piggies, get a secure cage. Consider a playpen for them to roam around with you looking over them.
Thank you so much 😁
I feel the same about the lid. The cats have the roam of the house at night so if anything happened I wouldn't know. I have a pop up pet playpen which they will go in everyday for exercise with supervision and also I'm getting an outdoor run too for the nice weather x
 

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Thank you so much 😁
I feel the same about the lid. The cats have the roam of the house at night so if anything happened I wouldn't know. I have a pop up pet playpen which they will go in everyday for exercise with supervision and also I'm getting an outdoor run too for the nice weather x
I have a ferplast 160 cage for my 2 boys and my girls are in a l shape c and c cage with lids.There is 6 cats in this house and I’ve had no issues even when a cat has jumped on top.My mums friend has made the cage a bit more sturdy for me.Ill post a pic in a sec x
 

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Thank you so much 😁
I feel the same about the lid. The cats have the roam of the house at night so if anything happened I wouldn't know. I have a pop up pet playpen which they will go in everyday for exercise with supervision and also I'm getting an outdoor run too for the nice weather x
Just took some pics of my cage x A77ECFAD-141E-4412-9CFF-7255768A370A.jpeg 30C4CA17-B620-4D2F-81F5-2132F667D5FE.jpeg
 
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