Guinea Pig Cages - The Most Commonly Overlooked Aspect in Choosing a Cage7417159

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When you go buying for a guinea pig cage, what are the things you think about? Colour? Price? An attractive design? People select their cages based upon numerous different criteria. However, there is 1 very important factor that often gets overlooked or ignored.

The most commonly overlooked factor in choosing a guinea pig cage seems to be cage size. Certain, people may think they look at cage size when purchasing a cage. But, judging by the number of little, "regular" pet store cages nonetheless being purchased every year, it is clear that people do not really look at cage size.

Let's do a small believed experiment. The average guinea pig is about 9 to 15 inches in length. The typical height for a human is roughly 5'4" to 5'10". An typical pet shop cage is 24-inches by 16-inches.

Place yourself in your pig's location. An equivalent size space for you would be roughly 8-ft by 12-feet - the size of a large bathroom or a little bedroom. So, living your whole life in a big bathroom or small bedroom might not seem horrible - but it would definitely be a challenge to get a significant quantity of physical exercise in a space that small.

Another associated aspect that I'm convinced that people do not consider when sizing a cage are the extra accessories that your pig demands - such as a nest box, a food dish and a hay rack.

So let's return to our hypothetical equivalent room. When we add a nest box to our pig's cage, we are adding an item that is maybe 10 to 12-inches on each side. That may be equivalent to building a seven-foot by seven-foot storage shed and placing it our hypothetical equivalent space with us.

Add a food dish to your pig's cage (about half the size of your pig) and it is like throwing a kiddie pool - three-feet in diameter in the middle of the floor in our space.

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.

A hay rack is has a footprint of roughly 4 by seven inches. So adding a hay rack to the wall might be roughly equivalent to pushing a couple of nightstands up against 1 of the walls in our hypothetical equivalent space and placing them side-by side.

Does this sound like a lot of room? Does it sound like someplace you would like to invest the rest of your life? Let us evaluation.

We start by moving into an 8 x 12 space - an area roughly the size of a large bathroom or a little bedroom. Next we place up a 7x7 storage shed in the corner. This leaves us with an eight-foot by 5-foot space in front of the shed and a useless 1-foot by seven-foot narrow strip along the side of the shed.

Then, to make matters worse, we place a three-foot wading pool, a water heater and two nightstands in our remaining 8x5 living space. What does this leave us with? We are left with a very little and cramped area in which to live. And, worst of all, our health begins to endure because physical exercise becomes a nearly not possible task.

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