Guinea Pig Cages - The Most Commonly Overlooked Factor in Choosing a Cage5860304
When you go shopping for a guinea pig cage, what are the things you consider? Color? Cost? An appealing style? People select their cages primarily based upon numerous various criteria. Nevertheless, there is one extremely important factor that often gets overlooked or ignored.
The most commonly overlooked factor in selecting a guinea pig cage appears to be cage size. Certain, people might think they appear at cage size when purchasing a cage. But, judging by the number of little, "regular" pet shop cages still being purchased every year, it is clear that people do not really look 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 shop cage is 24-inches by 16-inches.
Put your self in your pig's location. An equivalent size space for you would be approximately 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 may not appear horrible - but it would certainly be a challenge to get a substantial quantity of exercise in a space that small.
An additional related aspect that I am 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 perhaps ten to 12-inches on every side. That might 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'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 something the size of a hot water heater standing in the corner of our equivalent room.
A hay rack is has a footprint of approximately 4 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 space and putting 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? Let us evaluation.
We begin by moving into an 8 x 12 space - an area roughly the size of a big bathroom or a small bedroom. Next 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 one-foot by seven-foot narrow strip along the side of the shed.
Then, to make matters worse, we location 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 region in which to live. And, worst of all, our health begins to suffer because physical exercise becomes a almost impossible job.