Double C&C cage, is it any good?

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Hi, I’m looking at getting the double c&c cage so a cage on top of another, does anyone have one of these? Are they strong or flimsy? It’s either that or a wooden hutch inside.
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I don’t have a double cage, but I do use grids to make storage in my guinea pig shed.
The cage will be strong. What I would say though is that If you are going to do it, then do it without the lofts. If you did it exactly like the picture, with it being four grids high reaching into the top loft will be tricky (unless you are tall!).
if you have stacked cages without the loft, then it will be three grids high which is much easier to reach into
 

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Thanks for reply, the tallest part would be 5 foot and I’m 5ft 6 so would be able to reach inside ok, the bottom loft might be tricky to get into tho
 

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I have a similar set-up but have a 2 x 2 loft on the top tier. I bought one of the small foldup steps so that i can easily reach the top loft as it is a bit of a stretch for me (i am 5ft 3 1/2 in). It is easy to access the lower loft just by leaning into the cage.

Make sure to fasten everything together with cable ties as this makes things more sturdy. Not sure where you are buying this from but some ramps come without a lining, we bought a rubber doormat and cut strips from it to line them. It works really well and they are easy to remove and wash.
 

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thanks, I would get them from c&c guinea pig cages
 

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Agree about cable tying, otherwise they can be a bit flimsy when you bump into them, but cable tying really strengthens everything (top tip: cable tie at the top and bottom of each grid (except the ones you will want to remove for daily access). And don’t cable tie too tightly as you don’t want to pull the grids out of alignment 🙂
 

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I would also recommend you reinforce the base of the upper (ground floor) cage by putting two lengths of wood through the grids below, going from one end to the other.
 

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For the bottom level of the cage I would recommend getting a cage stand so it would be a bit higher up so you wouldn’t injure your back etc while trying to clean or anything like that
 

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But yes it would be sturdy if you have the right supplies :). I got all my stuff to make a 2 level C&C Cage with lofts from Cagetopia and it is very secure
 

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For the bottom level of the cage I would recommend getting a cage stand so it would be a bit higher up so you wouldn’t injure your back etc while trying to clean or anything like that
Unfortunately if you put a cage stand under a four storey cage it will be impossible to access the top level.
 

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i had a stacking cage for a few years,i found getting into the bottom cage a nightmare,and i could not reach the top loft. so i decided to seperate to have two seperate 6 x2 cages. cable tie the grids for better support.
 

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This is our four storey cage. My OH fixed the bottom level to some wood and added castors so that it is easy to move around and clean out.
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I used to have a stacked cage from C&C Guinea Pig Cages too. I'm 5ft 6" and the top tier (level 3 from the floor in your photo) was comfortable to reach into and over and across. I also echo the comment to exclude the loft for the bottom cage; level 4 would probably be too high otherwise.

My set-up was only a 2x3, so the two metal rods were strong enough, but I'd recommend reinforcing it, especially as you're looking at a 2x4 from that picture. The grids do come apart relatively easily, so would definitely recommend the cable ties in case you need to reposition it. They're not flimsy, but if one grid comes loose and needs fixing back into place, it's quite easy to accidentally loosen other grids while you're at it!

Hope that helps! 🙂
 
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