There’s a lot of old stuff in your house that you want to get rid of, like your old bookshelf, but the idea of how to make a guinea pig cage out of a bookshelf comes into your mind, especially when you have a lot of pet cavies that could benefit from it.
There is nothing wrong with the cages from the pet stores but some of those stores sell too expensive for guinea pig cages, and it is either not suitable for your pet or uncomfortable for them.
A personally made cage is more reliable and assured knowing that you designed it but also saved money.
This article would serve as a guide for you on how to make your cavies a cage out of a bookshelf.
But before that, there are several things that you need to prepare to make it; a bookshelf, a guinea pig liner (pond liner), a wood board, a hammer, and other tools for building.
Let’s get started!
Steps On How To Make A Guinea Pig Cage Using A Bookshelf
So, how to make a guinea pig cage out of a bookshelf?
These are the following steps that will help you build one:
Step #1. Setting the bookshelf
Put the bookshelf on the ground and set the open part facing up.
Step #2. Taking the shelves
Now take all the shelves using a hammer; this is s demolition step, so this requires some tool depending on how many shelves your bookshelf has. (Please read here how to train you Guinea pig)
Step #3. Removing excess nails
Remove all excess nails that support the shelves and other metal that could harm your pet.
Step #4. Getting the board
Get the large wooden board that has the same dimension as the shelf, for it is easier for you to slide it inside the cage and covers the bottom.
Step #5. Covering the board
Cover the large board with the pond liner; allow enough allowance to cover the whole board. It should have 2-3 inches extra for all the sides.
Step #6. Tucking the extra line
Tuck the extra line; make sure you get the wrinkles out of it.
Then carefully flip it over the board and use some staples to secure the pond liner from all sides. If there is any excess liner, cut it.
Step #7. Placing the board in the cage
Now, place the large wooden board with pond liner coverings inside the cage.
There you have it! A friendly and cozy guinea pig cage. I recommend putting timothy hay for extra beddings, and this also helps with your cavy’s diet.
Advantages Of A Bookshelf Cage
Here are some of the reasons why you should opt for this kind of cage:
Your old stuff to be recycled is an excellent thing to do to save up some money, and also it is very eco friendly!
Easy to build
Aside from it being eco friendly, a guinea pig cage out of a bookshelf is pretty easy to make compared to other do-it-yourself cages.
This cage does not take a lot of time to construct, and just a few finishing touches are enough.
Bookshelf cage can be too spacious for only two guinea pigs. Having a lot of space means a lot of playing spots for your cavies!
Also, this vast space provides easy access for your lovely pets, and it is easier for you to pet them: the bigger space, the better. (please read here how much space Guinea pig need)
Disadvantages Of A Bookshelf Cage
Here are the disadvantages of having a bookshelf cage:
You have to make sure that the bookshelf that you are customizing does not have any toxic paint that could harm the health of your guinea pig.
Aside from that, look for other sharp edges that may bruise your cavies. You don’t want to hurt your cavies, right? So be carefully constructing the cage.
My Peruvian cavy Ginger, I almost lost her because she got poisoned from the toxic paint from the bookshelf cage that I made.
I immediately called her to the vet for consultation. It is essential and much better to plan ahead of time rather than having so much trouble.
This bookshelf cage is indeed easier to build at first, but it is not customizable, unlike C&C cages.
If you want to customize it again and form a different shape out of it, it would be another time to work for it.
I must say that planning is also an essential factor to consider building a cage like this.
Do I Have To Separate Female Guinea Pigs From Males?
The answer is yes.
But if both are in the same cage but with a divider, better put a roof on the partition or the side where there is a male guinea pig; sometimes there is a tendency that the male guinea climb to the other side of the divider.
You don’t have to put a roof for the whole cage. As a suggestion, just put a roof where your male guinea pigs are.
Why Do I Have To Separate Male From Female Guinea Pigs?
It is crucial to have the male cavy separated from the female cavy because they could fight and harm themselves from each other.
Guinea pigs are well known for being social and affectionate, but when it comes to this, they will tend to have this kind of issue. (please read here when to separate Guinea pig)
What Other Things You Must Consider For a Guinea Pig Cage?
Here are some of the things you should bear in mind when choosing a cage for your pet:
Guinea pigs are known for being jolly and social that can make them great pets. This kind of characteristic needs more space to enjoy, play, and run around whenever they love. (please read what do Guinea pig Like to play with)
If you are wondering how to make a guinea pig cage out of a bookshelf, you should consider the space requirements and minimum size of their cages.
The cage for one guinea pig has a minimum of 7.5 square feet (0.7 square meters), two guinea pigs should have at least 9 square feet (0.84 square meters), for three guinea pigs is 11 square feet (about 1.02 sq. meters) and for four cavies has to have 13 square feet (1.2 square meters)
Guinea pig cages must be safe and well constructed for your cavies to have a healthy living away from harm and toxic or any other form of hazard.
Also, consider the ventilation system of the cage. It is essential to have a free flow of air to help your guinea pig from suffocating.
Constructing a cage for your lovely cavies and designing it on your own is much better than buying some store-bought cages.
There is nothing wrong if you buy from pet stores but, you should consider several factors for the own good of your adorable guinea pigs.
Recycling old goods that would be beneficial for you for long years could save you up a lot of money.
I hope that this article about how to make a guinea pig cage out of a bookshelf helps you to construct one.
Start gathering your things and make that bookshelf into a cage now! Thank you so much for reading!