I'm worried that RSPCA won't let me have pigs!

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My plan was to adopt a pair but a thread i just read said that it must be a 6ft cage - minimum, 6 feet = 1.8288 metres.
I'm planning to buy the SKYLINE MAXI XXL but I'm also getting some of the C&C grids so that when I'm in my room (most of the time in evenings) they can have access to that, as well as their cage. My local RSPCA said bare minimum 4ft which is pretty much 1.20m but I'm scared they won;t let me, i haven't got the space at all for a bigger cage length wise, and i can't afford one of the double story ones :/ I will litreally have them out every night for like 2-3 hours :) :)) AS WELL as letting them have the run of the C&C playen thing and cage, do you think if i tell them this, they'll prefer it?
 
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I think the RSPCA got mixed up when i rung them and didnt mean to say 6ft. Other people i have spoken too have adopted guinea pigs from there and they had a 4ft hutch. I think you should go and speak to them and i think they will be happy that they will be out of there cage alot to run around. They want people to adopt them so should be happy with what you are willing to do :)
 

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Speak to your local RSPCA. They can advise you. The cage you are loooking at is a good size and will meet most rescue's minimum requirements. :)
 
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I just read on that site, and it said this

'5) Bedding for the guinea pigs should be newspaper,'

Its advised not to use this for hamsters as when they pee, the ink runs and can be toxic or something, to them.
Isn't it the same for pigs?

And it also says you cannot use wood shavings, i can't afford to spend loads on bedding, and we only get one newspaper a week.. and its got to be changed daily :/
 

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Newspaper is fine. It's not harmful. If you only get one a week, do what I do, get friends and family collecting for you. Many people use shavings with no problems whatsoever. Shavings have been known not necessarily to cause respiratory problems, but to irritate and make worse any existing ones. What is it they are recommending you use with the newspaper? x
 
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Wood shavings are fine, not used newspaper myself as heard the same thing re: hamsters and it being toxic. Don't want to risk it.

A 4'x2' cage will be fine for two pigs, plus if you're planning to build another run, they will be very happy pigs.

I got a piggie from the RSPCA, and just had to show them a photo of our setup and they let us have him. Admittedly we do have a 4'x2' run with a 4'x4' attached, but that's exceeding their minimum. As long as you meet the minimum it will be fine.

We gave a donation of £20 for our neutered boar. Might be less for a sow, as part of the fee was for his neutering.
 

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Do people actually use just newspaper? Does that not really smell? :)>>>.

You could try fleece if your parents will let you use the washing machine. My pigs are inside and I clean them every 3/4 days. They have Equisorb in there hay tray and they don't smell, well maybe on clean out day rolleyes.

Good luck with your new piggies!
 

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I just read on that site, and it said this

'5) Bedding for the guinea pigs should be newspaper,'

Its advised not to use this for hamsters as when they pee, the ink runs and can be toxic or something, to them.
Isn't it the same for pigs?

And it also says you cannot use wood shavings, i can't afford to spend loads on bedding, and we only get one newspaper a week.. and its got to be changed daily :/

I think that it used to be toxic but is now made of soy ink and isn't toxic . . . what I read anyway. :)

Could you use a layer of newspaper with hay on top? That way you could stretch the newspaper to last a week and they probably wouldn't need cleaning every day/
 
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