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Help With Setting Up An Indoor Cage

Discussion in 'Housing and Enrichment' started by flowerfairy, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. flowerfairy

    flowerfairy Teenage Guinea Pig

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    I have an indoor cage 150cm x 70cm for my lovely guinea pigs (will collect them on the 21st).

    It comes with a metal grid platform which I will cover to stop their legs going through. I really want to make a nice long ramp with sides for them to go up but ... how do I cut away the metal fence at the front of the platform?

    Liberta Extra Large Rabbit Retreat - Cage and Stand 154cm – Next Day Delivery Liberta Extra Large Rabbit Retreat - Cage and Stand 154cm

    Any ideas and also any pics of similar cage set ups would be very much appreciated.
     
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    Wow - the cage looks fantastic!
    I am not sure about removing the metal 'fence' at the front - I would be tempted to leave it there until you are sure the little dears aren't going to hurl themselves off in a fit of happiness over their new cage! Seriously if they are young piggies they can be quite wild, so the fence might offer a deterrent to them leaping off, and encourage them to use the ramp.

    As for ramps there are some great pictures in this thread on ramp ideas;

    Piggies And Ramps

    I will also tag @Critter who seems to have loads of good ramp ideas.
     
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    flowerfairy Teenage Guinea Pig

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    Thanks for your reply. Going to look at the thread now. I just cant see how to fit the ramp to the fency bit. Was just going to (somehow) take enough of the fence off to fit the ramp in place ... the fence is rather thick though.

    The cage is a lovely size, nice and strong too.
     
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    I am so pleased you are finally getting your piggies :)

    That inner metal grid thing I would look at taking out I reckon it is detachable. Will give them more floor space, that would remove issue of ramp all together. Nice length of cage. Cannot wait to hear and see more of piggies when they arrive
     
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    The shelf thing can be taken out no probs. I just thought that it would be nice to have a loft space for them but cannot find a way of fixing a decent ramp to it! Perhaps I will leave it in as a kind of roof. It doesnt cut down any floor space for them.

    Yep, getting them at last thanks to the rescue locator on here. Saw them on here;

    Piggies for Re-homing

    Mistletoe and Jingle.
     
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    I think that it would be better without the shelf, I agree with Sport_Billy it would give you more room. If so put a log roll in there with a ramp eiether side, I reckon they would love it. Give them enough for the piggies to sleep under the ramps. Mine wouldn't go up ours until we put carpet over it. Fussy piggies.
    Bet you are getting exited. Where's the photo of these babies, so I can see.
    Just seen your piggies, I'm in love they are adorable.
     
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    flowerfairy Teenage Guinea Pig

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    Thanks Tiamolly, they are wonderful arent they?!. I am not sure what you mean by a log roll with ramps either side?

    Taking the shelf out doesnt make any difference to the amount of space they will have. If I could find a way to get a ramp up to it I would keep the shelf as an extra level. The stupid one that comes with it is tiny, too steep and open runged, who designs these things?
     
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    Trouble is it may have to be very long so the angle is to sharp for the piggys. The log roll is from P&H loads of logs held together with wire & you can bend them how you want. That's the trouble with these designers they don't realise animals won't climb steep ramps. They should think animal when they design these cages. Same as they should think women when they design kitchens, but they haven't got that right eiether.
     
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    Like these? We use them as houses

    http://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/wooden-playsticks-large

    They are fab for when the girls are in season, I dread to think of what would happen without an escape route.... Widget turns into a humping monster! :))
     
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    Or you could leave the shelf in, not add a ramp, and just hang lots of fleece strips over the shelf to make a gorgeous fleece forest underneath.
    My lot have an abundance of hideys and houses but they all love their fleece forest.
     
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    Ooo yes I like the fleece forest idea. I could keep all their spare cage liners, etc up on the shelf too. Thank you.
     

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