There are two main reasons why DIY’ing your guinea pig cage might just be a better alternative to a shop-bought one:
- You can make it as big as you like
- You can make it as unique and alternative as you like
From cupboards being turned into three-story guinea pig houses to entire areas of the room cornered off with a cute white picket fence, we’ve seen guinea pig housing of all kinds. Some people like to create hybrids using traditionally bought hutches and expanding on them, while others like to start from scratch, reusing whatever furniture they have lying about.
Whatever you choose to do, the main thing that matters is that the space is large enough and safe enough. If you’re unsure of how big your guinea pig cage should be, check out our guide to make sure you’re meeting the requirements. It’s also crucial that you fill the space with toys and accessories, so your guinea pig to ensure they’re getting enough enrichment.
So with all that in mind, let’s get started with how you can create your very own DIY guinea pig cage.
Wooden cages are great because they’re natural, chew friendly and can look very pretty.
You need a ready-cut picket fence, three large plastic garden trays and a weed guard.
Lay the weed guard first, so the cage has something water-resistant to protect it from urine or water.
Place the three garden trays on the top and fit them together side by side. Once they’re in place, glue them together using gorilla (super) glue.
Measure out the fence panels and cut them down to size.
Screw the planks to the garden trays using a drill or glue them together. For extra strength, do both.
Finishing touches – add your lining. You can choose to put a fleece blanket down or
place a thick layer of sawdust on top for a more natural look.
CC cages are a popular choice for guinea pig cages because they’re simple to put together and handy for making a two-storey cage.
Before you start making the cage, it’s always a good idea to put something waterproof down on the floor, like a shower/pool liner, for that added protection.
Next, you’re going to want C&C grids; you can find these on Amazon, eBay or a home depot store. You’re also going to wat cable/zip ties to tie the grids together.
Lay the grids on the ground and mark out the size that you want your cage to be.
Tie the grids together at each corner with the cable tie and do this again for the sides. Make sure the leftover part of the cable tie is on the outside of the cage so your guinea pigs won’t be tempted to chew the tag.
Once you have the base and sides of your cage, you can now think about the flooring. The flooring needs to be water-resistant and a flat surface, so we’d recommend using coroplast. You may need to cut these pieces down and duck tape them together. If you do use tape, make sure it’s on the bottom of the coroplast rather than the surface that the guinea pigs are going to be on.
Now that you have your basic structure, you can now think about adding levels. This will work in the same way as the base in that you simply choose a level that you want and ensure each corner is tied to the main sides of the guinea pig cage.
You can now begin to padding down inside the cage. We recommend placing puppy training pads on the coroplast for extra protection and then a fleece blanket on top for warmth.
Add some straw/hay for bedding along with fleece bedding, accessories, huts and then you’re done. All that’s left is for your piggy to check out their new abode.
It’s also nice to add fairy lights around the cages and photo frames and buntings to make the place feel a little bit more like home. However, it’s important to make sure these aren’t in a place where your piggies can chew them.
We hope we’ve provided plenty of tips and inspiration and now all that’s left is to start making your wonderful little cavy cove!