Guinea Pig Cages - The Most Commonly Overlooked Factor in Selecting a Cage6503015
When you go shopping for a guinea pig cage, what are the issues you consider? Color? Price? An attractive design? Individuals choose their cages primarily based upon many different criteria. However, there is one extremely important factor that frequently gets overlooked or ignored.
The most commonly overlooked factor in choosing a guinea pig cage seems to be cage size. Certain, individuals might think they look at cage size when buying a cage. But, judging by the number of little, "standard" pet shop cages still becoming bought each year, it is clear that individuals do not truly look at cage size.
Let's do a small believed 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.
Place your self in your pig's location. An equivalent size space for you would be approximately eight-ft by 12-feet - the size of a big bathroom or a small 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 substantial amount of physical exercise in a space that little.
Another related factor that I am convinced that individuals 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 space. When we add a nest box to our pig's cage, we are adding an item that is perhaps 10 to 12-inches on every side. That may be equivalent to developing 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 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 space.
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 1 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 invest the rest of your life? Let us review.
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 put 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 location 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 very little and cramped region in which to reside. And, worst of all, our well being starts to suffer because physical exercise becomes a almost impossible job.