Guinea Pig Cages - The Most Commonly Overlooked Aspect in Choosing a Cage8052312
When you go shopping for a guinea pig cage, what are the things you think about? Colour? Cost? An attractive style? Individuals select their cages primarily based upon many various criteria. Nevertheless, there is 1 very important factor that frequently gets overlooked or ignored.
The most generally overlooked aspect in selecting a guinea pig cage appears to be cage size. Sure, people may believe they look at cage size when buying a cage. But, judging by the number of small, "standard" pet shop cages still becoming bought each year, it is clear that people do not really appear at cage size.
Let's do a small thought experiment. The typical guinea pig is about 9 to 15 inches in length. The average height for a human is roughly 5'4" to 5'10". An typical pet store cage is 24-inches by 16-inches.
Place yourself in your pig's location. An equivalent size space for you would be approximately eight-ft by 12-feet - the size of a large bathroom or a little bedroom. So, living your whole life in a large bathroom or small bedroom may not seem horrible - but it would definitely be a challenge to get a substantial amount of exercise in a space that small.
An additional associated aspect that I'm convinced that individuals do not consider when sizing a cage are the additional 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 perhaps ten 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 meals dish to your pig's cage (about half the size of your pig) and it's like throwing a kiddie pool - 3-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 some thing the size of a hot water heater standing in the corner of our equivalent room.
A hay rack is has a footprint of roughly four by seven inches. So adding a hay rack to the wall may be roughly equivalent to pushing a couple of nightstands up against 1 of the walls in our hypothetical equivalent room and putting them side-by side.
Does this sound like a lot of space? Does it sound like someplace you would like to spend the rest of your life? Let us evaluation.
We start by moving into an 8 x 12 room - an region roughly the size of a large bathroom or a small bedroom. Subsequent we place up a 7x7 storage shed in the corner. This leaves us with an eight-foot by five-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 3-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 extremely small and cramped area in which to reside. And, worst of all, our health starts to suffer because exercise becomes a nearly impossible job.