The first day of adoption, two guinea pigs.
I recently bought a two-story wooden cage to prepare my guinea pigs for adoption.
A comfortable, well-ventilated space without direct sunlight was just in my lobby. Our house has a large and fancy lobby area with high ceiling. So I made a cage using this space.
Finally, I made a decision to use the corner space, we thought that a two-story house is for the area.
I chose a wood material because I wanted a sturdy house and avoid cold draft, which it is usually flow in the wooden house such as America style houses. The cage I bought has pretty windows, balconies, an open roof and drawers to clean up the bottom easily. Although it is a two-story structure, it seemed that there would be no difficulty when the guinea pigs jumped inside due to the high height. Top layer has pretty high ceiling.
We have been very busy all weekend as the guinea pigs have to prepare for their settlement before they come home. We hooked up a case water dispenser, installed a hay refill container, installed a potty train tray and brought a fluffy guinea pig for hideout. After much considering, a paper bedding was laid on the floor, and waterproof pads were put everywhere. Additionally, we prepared case cleaning tools, guinea pig food, chewing gums , treats and vitamins.
We also bought grooming brushes, tissues, nail clippers and shampoo. I also put a mini radiator next to it just in case it feels cold.
We imagined two guinea pigs playing happily in this pretty two-story house that was empty but everything was ready before the guinea pigs arrived.
But, as always, imagination and reality are very different.
First of all, we found that the cage, which looked fantastic, had a number of issues. It's a problem that I couldn't see no matter how much I read the reviews on Amazon, but when I actually experienced it, I found out in detail. So what are the difficulties and how to deal with them.
First of all, when the guinea pigs entered the cage, we noticed that their urine were leaking out of the cage. A cage liner is what I needed. Immediately, my husband made the liner by coating the cardboard with vinyl. My husband, who had raised hamsters as a child, built the high height liner to prevent leaking urine.
And the wooden bridge connecting the first floor and the second floor was thin and flimsy, and there was space between wall and bridge, so I had to put a cushion next to it as shown below. And best of all, the bridge are made of wood, so they can grind them with their teeth as you can see in the picture. After putting a cushion next to the space, it did not change any more.
And there is a gap between the cage wall and the rail on the wood, and the gap is quite wide, so the guinea pig's poop kept getting in. To solve this problem, I put a waterproof pad on the side. Fortunately, our guinea pigs don't bite the waterproof pad yet.
I've been thinking about buying a pretty two-story house and jumping up and down, but no one wants to climb up yet. Only a guinea pig named Squash succeeded in going down. Squash is very brave and active.
The first day I was worried because they didn't eat hay or drink water for almost half a day. But the next day, they eat well, drink well, and pay well again. I feel very reassured.
I hope the cute guinea pigs, Pink E and Squash, grow up healthy and happy. I have a lot to do with two little boys today, so I think I should end this post now.
I'll post their news and regards in this site.
Myungja Anna Koh