You just bought your first guinea pig. You have all intentions of being a conscientious owner. You want to treat your guinea pig “right”. And, most of all, you don’t want to “mess up” and do the wrong thing. But there are so many things to know in order to get started—and so many little things to buy. And the first item you need to consider is a new home for your new pet. And with so many guinea pig cages for sale, how do you know which one to choose?
Yes, we’ve been there. Many years ago, we bought our first guinea pig. And we “messed up”. We’re not bad people. We just simply did what other uninformed new owners do—we bought a pet store cage. Everyone buys them. You see them everywhere. They must be good. Or so we thought…
But it turned out not to be true. The fact is pet store guinea pig cages are usually too small. And as it turned out, the first one we bought—which was just a typical, “standard-sized” guinea pig cage—was actually too small but we didn’t really find this out until it was too late for our first pig.
When we put our very first guinea pig (Pookie) into his new cage, he seemed just fine. Sure, it looked a little cramped in his cage—especially after we lovingly provided him with a cozy nestbox, a water bottle, a food dish and a hayrack. All those things took up a lot of room in the small cage. But he ate, he slept he wasn’t sick and we thought he was just fine. But you can imagine how he must have felt. (If not, read this article on an important factor in evaluating guinea pig cages for sale.)
Eventually Pookie died a natural death and we went looking for another guinea pig. During this time, we did some research and ran across several articles similar to the one you’re reading—articles that told us that pet store cages are much too small. We also ran across a technology called C&C cages or Cubes and Coroplast cages. These materials would allow us to build a large cage for a reasonable cost.
Our research also lead us to the realization that guinea pigs are very social creatures and should always live in groups of two or more. It was then that we decided that we would get two pigs instead of the single pig we originally set out to find. And this too would drive the need for a more spacious cage.
Because of our newly-obtained knowledge, we brought home two guinea pig babies and put them into a newly-built C&C cage. As they grew, we begun to see a behavior that we had never seen in Pookie. We saw our pigs occasionally leaping into the air—for no apparent reason. We researched this and found that this behavior had a name—popcorning. And there was also a reason behind it. It meant that they were happy. Our pigs were essentially jumping for joy.
As I said, this was something that we had never seen Pookie do. It was then that we realized that all the research was right. Although Pookie looked just fine sitting in his cage, he wasn’t really. We realized then that; in spite of our efforts to give Pookie a comfortable, enjoyable life; he had lived a mediocre existence. He had never once “jumped for joy”.
It has been many years since Pookie has lived with us. Since then, we have enjoyed several more guinea pigs living with us in our home. And, thanks to a new knowledge gleaned from a little research done many years ago, all of our subsequent pigs have enjoyed living in spacious C&C cages—and all of them have jumped for joy.
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