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Cage renovation help - destroy the loft?

FernEden

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Hello!
I'm getting a new piggy on Sunday to add to my girls, excitement isn't the word! I've attached a picture of my cage as I've extended but wanted a few opinions and ideas on the loft! So the L shape is the only thing that will fit in the space whilst still clipping together and we want to keep the piggies downstairs but off the floor so the tables have to stay too. What I need opinions on really is what to do with the loft. I'm considering taking it out and changing it into a 1 story cage whilst using the correx as the kitchen space (easy clean!) because 1) I'm unsure if the new piggy knows how to use ramps and 2) It can be a pain to clean under there because my stumpy arms can't quite reach and I end up pulling my back or practically climbing inside the cage.

As you can kind of see, I have a 2x4 C&C attached to a (badly) homemade 2x3.5 with a 2x2 loft. I know it's the ground floor only that counts towards the piggies cage size so the loft as it is doesn't really count but they spend a lot of time up there as it's their kitchen area and so I'm worried that taking it out will make them feel like they have less space to roam around in. Their new boyfriend is coming from a rescue, he'll be in the 2x3.5 on his own for a few weeks as he's only just been neutered (the existing correx is high enough to stop any accidents occurring through the bars!) but once that's sorted it'll extend into an L shaped 2x7.5(?)

This is probably such a stupid post but I don't have any piggy owning friends so I don't have anyone to ask about what is best! I'm worried about the ramp for new pig but I'm also worried that if they all spend their time in a 2x2 loft that it'll drive them insane but like I said, they spend 80% of their time up there so I don't want to take away from their space downstairs. I'm also a bit concerned that if they're constantly upstairs in the loft then they won't spend much time interacting through the bars with the new piggy. I'm awful at making decisions so this is definitely one of the more pathetic things I've ever asked about on a forum!
 

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I have an L shape c and c cage, it’s 2x5 the longest and got an extra 2x2 attached and I have a 1x2 loft that I just put hay in.The girls love it.
 

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Oh my word, unicorns and chintzy flowers, this is my dream cage 😍😍😍 I would leave it as it is and just keep an eye on them, encourage the little new piggie to use the ramp but if you think it's becoming a problem then try without the loft. I don't know about piggies but I want to live in this cage! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
 

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If they love the loft, it would be a shame to do away with it. Have you thought about moving it to the 3 1/2 section to make it easier to reach for cleaning? I don't think you'll have any worries about them not interacting through the bars when the new piggy comes, especially since it's a new hubby they're getting. As soon as I let two of my boys out for floor time, they're straight over to the other cage, and the boys in that cage are over to see them. Obviously the choice is up to you, but that's my thoughts. Let us know what you decide to do, and good luck with your new piggy.
 

FernEden

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If they love the loft, it would be a shame to do away with it. Have you thought about moving it to the 3 1/2 section to make it easier to reach for cleaning? I don't think you'll have any worries about them not interacting through the bars when the new piggy comes, especially since it's a new hubby they're getting. As soon as I let two of my boys out for floor time, they're straight over to the other cage, and the boys in that cage are over to see them. Obviously the choice is up to you, but that's my thoughts. Let us know what you decide to do, and good luck with your new piggy.
Why didn't I think of this?! That's probably going to be the best idea once they can all go in together! How am I so blind haha, thank you!
 

FernEden

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Oh my word, unicorns and chintzy flowers, this is my dream cage 😍😍😍 I would leave it as it is and just keep an eye on them, encourage the little new piggie to use the ramp but if you think it's becoming a problem then try without the loft. I don't know about piggies but I want to live in this cage! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Haha thank you! Hopefully new pig will follow existing pigs and all will be well 😁 I'll have to get a few more neutral fleece cosies I think haha. The unicorn tent was from piggiepigpigs and the flower stuff was from an amazing lady on Etsy from thehoghouse 😁
 

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Have you thought about moving it to the 3 1/2 section to make it easier to reach for cleaning?
Why didn't I think of this?! That's probably going to be the best idea once they can all go in together! How am I so blind haha, thank you!
Sometimes its the most obvious things we can't see!
 
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