New and Bigger Cage...?

RoxyGuineaPigLover

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Hi!

My guinea sort of get along and I was thinking about getting a new bigger cage. To make things more clear, I got Candy, and then a few months later I got Holly. We put Holly in Candy’s cage just like the sales lady told us to do. She was wrong. Candy chased her around and hated her. Now (a few months later) they get along fine in the playpen. However, if I put one in the others cage, Holly will get chased by Candy. I think it’s because the cage is too small. Here’s a picture.image.jpg
How big should a cage for two be? Thank you!
 

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The minimum size recommended for 2 guinea pigs is 60 x 150cm, however the bigger the cage, the happier the piggies.
Only the ground floor counts
Have you considered a C & C cage?
You can make them up to whatever size and shape you choose.

Here’s my setup to give you an idea of size but it also depends on what space you have available.
Excuse the awkward angle - there’s a door in the way.
I have 3 sows in that cage and will be adding another 2x2 extension when my little boar is ready to join the herd.

It’s good to know that you are thinking seriously about the space - you are clearly a very caring owner
 

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A 2x4 C&C cage is what I have for 2 pigs, they get along so much better once they have their own space and having a C&C cage makes the pigs feel like they’re part of the house as it’s open and spacious and you can easily talk to/pet a pig as you’re walking past. Pigs need a lot of space, more than most shop owners will let on unfortunately!
 

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It is difficult to tell without knowing the dimensions of your cage, but to be honest it looks far too small for even a single piggy.

Plus it is very important that they are introduced on neural territory and then slowly introduced to their new home once they have successfully bonded.

I would start by reading the bonding guides that clearly explain how to introduce guinea pigs. Just like people they don't appreciate suddenly finding a stranger in their personal space, but it does sound like yours have the potential to get on in a big enough cage if introduced correctly.
Bonding and Interaction: Illustrated social behaviours and bonding dynamics
 

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They have a barney because they feel like their space is being invaded. You need to put them in a play pen together with two-exit hides and a pile of hay. The cage they'll live in needs to be thoroughly cleaned so it has no lingering smell of either of them.
 

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Thank you everyone! I am hopefully going to be getting a C and C cage because it seemed like that was recommended :) I appreciate the help so much! I will post if it works!
 

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Hi!

My guinea sort of get along and I was thinking about getting a new bigger cage. To make things more clear, I got Candy, and then a few months later I got Holly. We put Holly in Candy’s cage just like the sales lady told us to do. She was wrong. Candy chased her around and hated her. Now (a few months later) they get along fine in the playpen. However, if I put one in the others cage, Holly will get chased by Candy. I think it’s because the cage is too small. Here’s a picture.View attachment 119898
How big should a cage for two be? Thank you!
Hi!

Please get a large cage that can be divided if necessary and also do a formal introduction in neutral space. If you can order a couple of extra grids with your C&C cage, then these may come in handy if things are not working out to plan. ;)
Cage Size Guide

Our bonding guide is taking you through all the bonding stages step by step with the attendant interactive behaviours and dynamics: Bonding and Interaction: Illustrated social behaviours and bonding dynamics
 
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