Guinea Pig Cages - The Most Generally Overlooked Aspect in Selecting a Cage7226408
When you go shopping for a guinea pig cage, what are the issues you consider? Color? Cost? An appealing design? Individuals select their cages primarily based upon numerous various criteria. However, there is 1 very important aspect that frequently gets overlooked or ignored.
The most generally overlooked factor in selecting a guinea pig cage appears to be cage size. Sure, individuals might believe they look at cage size when purchasing a cage. But, judging by the number of little, "standard" pet shop cages still being purchased every year, it is clear that people do not really appear at cage size.
Let's do a little 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 yourself in your pig's place. An equivalent size room for you would be approximately eight-ft by 12-feet - the size of a big bathroom or a little bedroom. So, living your entire life in a large bathroom or small bedroom may not appear horrible - but it would definitely be a challenge to get a significant quantity of physical exercise in a space that small.
Another associated factor that I am convinced that individuals do not think about 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 10 to 12-inches on every side. That may be equivalent to building a seven-foot by seven-foot storage shed and putting it our hypothetical equivalent room with us.
Add a meals 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 something 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 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 invest the rest of your life? Let us review.
We start by moving into an 8 x 12 room - an region roughly the size of a big bathroom or a little 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 one-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 region in which to reside. And, worst of all, our well being begins to endure simply because physical exercise becomes a nearly impossible task.