Q: What is a C&C Cage?
A: As far as we can tell, the original C&C cage design was developed (and made popular) a few years ago by an innovative guinea pig rescue organization. This cage style was developed as a matter of necessity so that the guinea pig shelter could efficiently house a large number of pigs in a cost-effective manner. For this reason, to this day, the C&C cage tends to have a very low cost per square-inch of living space — in other words – C&C cages tend to offer a lot of cage for the money.
The mysterious name C&C originates from the two main materials used to construct this category of small animal cage: Cubes and Coroplast.
The frame and wire lattice portion of the cage is built from wire grids normally used in the assembly of wire grid storage cubes.
The second C in C&C comes from the other fundamental material used in C&C cage construction — Coroplast. Coroplast is a trade name and is essentially a contraction of the product description: corrugated plastic. Coroplast is corrugated polypropylene plastic sheeting and is used to form the litter pan or bin in the bottom of the cage.
C&C cages are almost always built as do-it-yourself projects and tend to be very much larger (and therefore healthier for your pig) than standard manufactured “pet store cages”.For more information, please view our short 10 minute video at the above right.Return to top
Q: How large of a guinea pig cage do I need?
A: In reality, there is no best size for a guinea pig cage. The simple rule is: the bigger the better. However there are minimum cage-size guidelines that many guinea pig rescue organizations and guinea pig advocacy groups recommend. A quick search on the internet will reveal the following approximate de facto standards for minimum cage sizes:
Because guinea pigs are social creatures, it is recommended to keep a minimum of two guinea pigs together. For this reason, if you want your pigs to enjoy an optimal environment, you need never consider a cage under 7.5 sq. ft.
For more information on choosing a guinea pig cage, see our eBay guide Guinea Pig Cage – Four Factors in Choosing a Good Cage in the eBay Reviews and Guides section.
Q: Do I need a lid? Can’t the guinea pigs get out if the cage isn’t fully enclosed?
Our recommendation: if you think something might harm your pig, buy a fully enclosed cage. If your home is perfectly safe, buy an open cage. You and your pigs will better get to know one another with one less barrier between you.
Q: Most C&C cages don’t seem to have a bottom. Do I really need a bottom for my cage?
See our short video at upper right for a dramatic demonstration of the serious consequences of not having a cage with a bottom.
Q: What are the litter pans or bins made out of? Won’t my pet chew on them? And what happens if they do? Will this harm my pet?
View the video at above right to learn how to make your C&C cage chew-resistant.
This material was originally chosen years ago for guinea pig cage application by a guinea pig rescue organization as a way of economically constructing large living quarters for rescued pigs. It is lightweight and durable and, if not abused, will last for years in your guinea pig cage.
View the video at right to learn all about Coroplast and see a dramatic demonstration of it’s strength.
Q: Most C&C cages that I have seen have six-inch walls. Why do BlueStoneCommerce cages use only five-inch walls?
Q: Do I put bedding or litter in the top level of a two-level cage?
Q: Why are BlueStoneCommerce assembly instructions so extensive?
Q: Why do you use tie wraps (also called cable ties) instead of plastic connectors?
Strength. Tie wraps are strong and that makes our cages strong, sturdy and durable. Simply put, our cages won’t fall apart─even after many years of use. Many of our competitors use press-on plastic connectors. Sure, they’re easier to put together─they just “press on. But unfortunately, they also just “pull off”. In most cases plastic connectors work just fine. But, as I’ve said before, how would you feel if the walls in your house were just snapped together?
View the video to see for yourself how easy it is to install these durable fasteners. Also, see a convincing demonstration of the superior performance of tie-wraps as compared to the plastic press-on connectors supplied by many other C&C cage sellers. Learn exactly why tie-wraps are the better choice.
Q: I have heard that guinea pigs are ground-dwelling animals. Do they really climb ramps?
A: Yes, most do. Some don’t.
Most pigs take to ramps right away. Some of those that don’t initially like them can be trained to use them by putting food on a different level or even on the ramp itself.
You are right about pigs being ground-dwellers, and that is precisely why we think they like ramps. When pigs are on the top level and they are startled, they quickly scurry down the ramp – just like running into a burrow.Return to top
Q: Are ramps with wire grids on the surface for traction a good idea?
A: Everything we’ve read from guinea pig care books to guinea pig rescue organization websites has told us to stay away from wire grids. They have a reputation for injuring guinea pigs’ feet, legs and nails. They also are reputed to cause sores on the bottom of their feet.
All BlueStoneCommerce ramps are covered with corrugated polypropylene plastic (Coroplast) – the same material used to form the cage bins. This surface provides positive traction yet is safe for your pigs to walk on.See the video at right to view some BlueStoneCommerce ramps. Learn all about the materials used in the construction of various types of guinea pig and rabbit cage ramps. See demonstrations of various BlueStoneCommerce ramp designs under heavy loads. Return to top
Q: What if the ramp gets soiled. How hard is it to clean?
A: First of all, your ramp will get soiled. Given room to run, guinea pigs are active creatures. Rest assured that in only a short time, your ramp will be covered with bedding, hay, pellets and various other “piggy digestive artifacts”.
Also rest assured that our ramps are easy to clean. Just remove them, clear off the debris and brush them off or wipe them down. Our ramps are made with 100% water-resistant materials. So if your ramp gets really soiled, you can wash it gently in warm water and vinegar and rinse. Be sure to tip up to let water drain and allow it to dry thoroughly.Return to topQ: What is a Shelter/Hayrack and how does it work?A: It’s an idea that we developed here at BluestoneCommerce. It’s a bush. Yes, I know, it doesn’t look like a bush ─ but functionally, that’s what it is.
I got the idea when our pet rabbit ran out the front door. He didn’t shoot off across the lawn and run off into the sunset. Instead, he headed straight for our shrubs to lay low. That’s when I realized that prey animals like rabbits and rodents like to stay under bushes and other things to avoid predators from the sky and land. They also like to graze while they’re under there.
This was the concept behind the BluestoneCommerce Shelter / Hay Rack. This device is blanketed with hay. The guinea pig can lay under it for shelter and security and also reach up and eat from it – thus satisfying both of its natural instincts.
Also, there is no need for an additional hay rack. This saves cage space for your pig and dollars for you. Our pigs absolutely love it! Yours will too!!! Return to top
Q: You keep stressing strength and sturdiness of your cages. Do they really have to be that strong to hold a couple one-pound guinea pigs. And do you really need wheels to roll around these same one-pound pigs?
A: Yes, with bedding, water bottles and other items, larger cages can weigh over 50-lbs.Watch the video for more information on these subjects. This interesting video shows you our biggest cage ever – the Deluxe Colonial Homestead with Storage being tested under heavy loads. Also – See Cosmo – the 15 lb wonder pig.Just for Fun: You can follow the link to another video of “Cosmo – the 15 lb wonder-pig” starring in his own YouTube video: “Cosmo the Conehead Dog”Return to top
Q: Does BlueStoneCommerce make money on shipping and handling charges?
A: No. We make money designing and selling cages (the fun part of our job). We don’t make any money on shipping and handling (the boring part of our job). Your cost of shipping is the calculated cost that UPS charges us plus we add a small amount (because we’re not in business to lose money) to cover the expense of the box (because of the odd dimensions of our product, we use custom boxes made especially for us); packing materials; and the labor to pack the cage.
We here at BlueStoneCommerce use UPS Ground for all of our cage deliveries. It is the absolute cheapest service that we have found so far (and very reliable). Fact is, you can find real bargains on eBay, but it still costs money to ship a heavy (30 – 60 lb) object from Detroit to Zortman, Montana. Additionally, because of the large corrugated plastic sheet, we get charged extra for being oversized. Return to top