By now, you have to know the story. Small cages for guinea pigs are out – big guinea pig cages are in. It’s a fact. People (people like you and me) are becoming more educated about animal and pet care.
Sure, years ago, we had an excuse for stuffing our pets into tiny cages—ignorance. That’s right. We didn’t know any better.
When I was growing up, we didn’t fully understand nutrition and exercise for humans—let alone for our pets. Our parents were stuffing us with fried foods, whole milk and red meat because, back then, it was good for us. They didn’t know any better. And pet stores were selling small lab-rat cages for guinea pigs—and we bought them. Again, we didn’t know any better.
But today we know better. Small cages are too small. And there is a great movement going on by cavy owners to provide larger healthy environments for their pets. But why don’t the cage manufacturers learn? Why do they insist on continuing to manufacture small, confined cages.
And what about the retailers? Why do pet stores and department stores continue to sell these tiny cages to new guinea pig owners?
I have a theory.
My speculation is that large cages cost too much to ship, handle and store compared to their smaller counterparts. Large cages contain a lot more empty space than small cages. So, the manufacturer must spend more money to ship and store a large cage—but—they are shipping and storing mostly empty space.
Small cages are a more efficient product from a space-usage perspective—and thus, they are more profitable.
That’s just my observation. It may be right. It may be wrong. But it makes sense to me.
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