C And C Stacking Cages And Hospital Cages

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Hi,
Whilst browsing through threads I saw some people had hospital cages. Are these necessary and what size do people usually have?
The only way I can adopt 2 sows from a family with 3 kids is have a 2 x 4 stacking cage. Are these good? Can you buy 2 stacking cages so 4 cages all together and stack them ontop of each other. If anyone has a c and c or stacking cage how tall are they?
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I don't have a "hospital" cage myself, but I believe a lot of people use a shop-bought cage for the purpose. The size would not be important as a sick/ post-op piggie would not be moving around much.
As C and C cage grids are 35 cm X 35 cm, so a two-story cage would be something like 72 cm high, as there is usually a small gap between grids, A large stacking cage would need a lot of support beams to hold up the roof. It does not seem practical to me. It would make cleaning out and piggie-catching very difficult. I haven't got a stacked cage myself, but have seen pictures of those with roofs.
 

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Hospital cages are generally just a smaller spare cage, cat carrier etc and are good just in case you have a poorly piggy who needs separating whilst he / she recovers.

I think @MushiiPeas had a C&C that was stacked but it didn't work for her. She has a good set up though for her 3 pairs of pigs by using a sturdy 3 tier cage and blocking the holes off.

Cages that are stacked do not seem very sturdy to me but I think some people have managed it successfully.
 

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I have a 100cm hospital cage, just incase. Smaller than the minumum of 120cm of course, but if I had a poorly piggie that needed it (and hopefully I won't need to use it), it allows everythin to be in a slightly closer reach to them, but still gives them a bit of room too move around. I don't think they are really an essential, but I brought one just to be safe, just incase.
 

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I have 2 100cm long ferplast ones, I got them free before I knew that 120 rspca minimum was hardly big enough:oops:
I will join them together to make a 200 and use them as a hospital cage. I still are not quite sure about c and c stacking cages. Have you used back2 nature bedding? Are pets@home indoor playpens any good? Thanks.
 

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A 100 cm cage is plenty big enough just for a hospital cage.

I use Back2Nature paper pellets in my litter trays. I find it very absorbent and odour retentive. But I wouldn't use these or any other kind of pellets as bedding for piggies, as I don't think they would be comfortable on a piggies feet. Pellets are okay for rabbits as rabbits have thick fur on the soles of their feet to protect them. Some pellets are very hard and have sharp edges.
 

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Hey sorry only just saw this!

Thanks for tag @Claire W

Yeah I've got this tower, it's really sturdy and it's on wheels, the bottom doors are big enough for me to fit my body in and comfortably clean them out. I just took the ramps out and covered the holes with coroplast... i would recommend it for sure! :)

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I have a separate single level 100cm cage as a hospital cage for emergencies! :)
 
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