What are the things you consider when looking at guinea pig cages for sale? Color? Price? An aesthetically-pleasing design? Different People choose cages based upon different criteria. However, one extremely important factor is often overlooked.
A commonly overlooked factor when considering one of the multitude of guinea pig cages for sale appears to be cage size. Judging by the number of small, “standard” pet store cages still being purchased every year, it is clear that people do not really look at cage size.
Let’s do a little thought experiment. The average guinea pig is about 9 to 15 inches in length. The average height for a human is roughly 5’4″ to 5’10″. An average pet store cage is 24-inches by 16-inches.
Put yourself in your pig’s place. An equivalent size room for you would be approximately 8-ft by 12-feet – the size of a large bathroom or a small bedroom. So, living your entire life in a large bathroom or small bedroom may not seem horrible – but it would certainly be a challenge to get a significant amount of exercise in a space that small.
And when we add a nest box to our pig’s cage, we are adding an item that is perhaps 10 to 12-inches on each side. That might be equivalent to building a seven-foot by seven-foot storage shed and placing it our hypothetical equivalent room with us. Then add a food dish to your pig’s cage (about half the size of your pig) and it’s like throwing a kiddie pool – three-feet in diameter in the middle of the floor in our room.
Of course we’re going to need a water bottle. This would be roughly equivalent to something the size of a hot water heater standing in the corner of our equivalent room. And a hay rack is has a footprint of approximately four by seven inches. So adding a hay rack to the wall might be roughly equivalent to pushing a couple of nightstands up against one of the walls in our hypothetical equivalent room and placing them side-by side.
Does this sound like a lot of room? Does it sound like someplace you would like to spend the rest of your life?
When you next survey the many guinea pig cages for sale, consider the situation from your pig’s point of view. Look – really look- at the space situation facing your guinea pig and select a cage big enough to provide an adequate and comfortable living space. Over the past several years, C&C (Cubes and Coroplast) cages are gaining in popularity for this very reason – they provide a spacious, healthy environment for a reasonable price.
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