Cage Reconfiguration: Yay Or Nay?

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I've been thinking for some time about reconfiguring the boys' c&c cage. It's something that will have to be done eventually as I won't have the space for their current set up when I move.

Currently they have a 2x4 L shape cage on a stand with a 2x2 basement (which they barely use) and 3 1x2 lofts which are connected by bridges. They mainly only use 2 of the lofts but do seem to enjoy running across all three of them.

The new configuration would be a double layer 2x4 with a 2x1 loft on either side connected by a bridge.

Overall they would lose 1 loft, 1 bridge and 1 ramp as well as the larger L shape on the main floor (although this space is broken up with ramps and supporting grids)

If I do it now the bottom 2x4 layer will be on the floor and so will probably be quite dark for them (though I will find a way of putting a lamp next to it) and they'll not have the overall top run they seem to enjoy. For me though it would give me a little extra space in my room and significantly cut down on cage cleaning time (which can take up to 2 hours sometimes!).

My main concern is whether it's unfair to cut down their space now when it technically doesn't need to be done for another 4 months or is it better to get them used to the new layout when they're in the same environment so when we move it's not as completely overwhelming for them?

Any advice would be very welcome, thanks
 

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Hmm. It is tricky. But personally I think they wouldn't take long to get used to this change anyway.
So nay to the change! But you may want to do it now to save the hassle of changing it around later?
 

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Yea, part of me is thinking it might be good to have the reconfiguration done so when I move I know how it's to be set up and will be easier to slot together and not so stressful during such a major move. The other part of me thinks well it's going to be all coming apart then anyway so it won't be that hard to put back together a different way and is there need to go through the palava twice! I am concerned a bit about the state of the correx and the ramps etc so it would give me a heads up on whether I need to fix anything there, but again, how much difference does it make doing it now or in 4mths?!
 

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Our advice is go for it, :tu: we are always tweaking our C & C cages and our piggies seem to enjoy exploring their new surroundings. As long as their bond is strong we don't see any problems.. :love:
 

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Yea, part of me is thinking it might be good to have the reconfiguration done so when I move I know how it's to be set up and will be easier to slot together and not so stressful during such a major move. The other part of me thinks well it's going to be all coming apart then anyway so it won't be that hard to put back together a different way and is there need to go through the palava twice! I am concerned a bit about the state of the correx and the ramps etc so it would give me a heads up on whether I need to fix anything there, but again, how much difference does it make doing it now or in 4mths?!
Maybe you are best to do the change now then.
 

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Our advice is go for it, :tu: we are always tweaking our C & C cages and our piggies seem to enjoy exploring their new surroundings. As long as their bond is strong we don't see any problems.. :love:
It's an exciting prospect - I always love changing my room around but due to the shape of it and the big bits of furniture I'm at a standstill with it, maybe that's why I'm eager to do the piggy's cage instead!

They do seem have a very strong bond, they don't always spend a lot of time with each other (they like their separate lofts!) they do get on well and use each other for comfort when they're scared or nervous etc.
 
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