- 1 Can you make a guinea pig cage out of wood?
- 2 What wood can you use to make a guinea pig cage?
- 3 Do guinea pigs bite?
- 4 Should I cover my guinea pig’s cage at night?
- 5 Is it OK for guinea pigs to chew on wood?
- 6 What do you put at the bottom of a guinea pig cage?
- 7 Can I hold my guinea pig on the first day?
- 8 Can I kiss my guinea pig?
- 9 Is Pine OK for guinea pigs?
- 10 Can guinea pigs chew on pine cones?
- 11 Do guinea pigs smell?
Can you make a guinea pig cage out of wood?
Guinea pigs are these beautiful little creatures that are relatively easy to raise than any other indoor pets. From building a cage right from scratch using lumber or pine wood to transforming an old dresser into a new cage, you can find all the necessary details from our guinea pig cage ideas below.
What wood can you use to make a guinea pig cage?
Lumber. Your local home improvement center carries a variety of lumber in standard sizes, making it easy to build a guinea pig house. Among the safe woods are aspen, linden or basswood, poplar and kiln-dried white pine.
Do guinea pigs bite?
Guinea pigs are docile animals, and rarely bite without cause. They tend to ‘mouth’ their owners while being held, just to see if you’re edible! These are not hard bites, though, and don’t hurt. If your pet bites you for real, it’s because they’re afraid of you.
Should I cover my guinea pig’s cage at night?
Covering the whole cage at night can create problems and affect your guinea pigs breathing. That means that you should only cover part of their cage at night. This ensures that the cage remains properly ventilated while still letting in some light.
Is it OK for guinea pigs to chew on wood?
It is absolutely fine for your guinea pigs to chew on wood. After all, in the wild, its exactly how they wear their teeth down. Cedar, redwood, pine and eucalyptus are just a few aromatic kinds of wood that aren’t safe for cavies.
We suggest lining it with newspapers first. This will protect the bottom of the hutch and makes cleaning the cage easier too. Add the hay or wood shavings on top of the newspaper, making sure there is extra hay for your cavy to burrow and dig.
Can I hold my guinea pig on the first day?
Don’t take your guinea pig out of their guinea pig cage when they first arrive at your home. It is often best to avoid handling them for a few days so they can adjust to their new surroundings.
Can I kiss my guinea pig?
Avoid catching a disease from your guinea pig by instructing the entire family in safe handling guidelines. Teach children not to kiss guinea pigs or put them up to their faces, not to rub their nose or eyes when handling a guinea pig and to thoroughly wash their hands as soon as the guinea pig goes back in his cage.
Is Pine OK for guinea pigs?
Pine is most commonly treated with abietic acid. These aromatic oils can cause respiratory illness and in some cases liver disease. Pine bedding must not smell, or have an extremely weak smell. This indicates the minimum amount of these oils present, deeming it suitable for guinea pigs.
Can guinea pigs chew on pine cones?
But are they something that guinea pigs could chew on and enjoy like tree branches are? Unfortunately, pine cones are not good for guinea pigs at all. They have aromatic oils in them which are not good for guinea pigs at all.
Do guinea pigs smell?
But a common question, especially from those who are first thinking about getting guinea pigs as pets, is “do guinea pigs smell”? Now we think it’s fair to say that guinea pigs are generally very clean animals (we’re not biased, honest!) and as long as they are cleaned out regularly, then no, they don’t smell!