The first guinea pigs were domesticated in 5000 BC by the Incas
Metal storage grids can be found at local big-box stores like Walmart, Costco, and Target. We purchased our grids at Target. It’s imperative for your guinea pig’s safety that you only purchase grids that have 9 holes across each side (see what a 9×9 grid looks like). Some newer packages of grids contain 8×8 and 5×5 grids which may be potentially dangerous for your piggie due to the larger hole size.
Coroplast is like plastic corrugated cardboard. It is water-resistent and perfect for the behavioral needs of guinea pigs (if you know what I mean). It is easy to keep clean and sturdy enough to keep its shape for a long time. You can find coroplast usually at art supply stores and sign stores. In fact, we used Fast Signs to buy our coroplast. It was $30 for a 8 ft by 4 ft sheet of coroplast.
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The cage has two levels. The bottom level is used as a multi-purpose “living room”. The top level is primarily a get-away if any of the piggies need to escape and get some alone time – Feebee loves running up and down the ramp.
The cage is big enough to provide plenty of room for the energetic guinea pigs to run around until they tire out or get a stern warning from a sister house-mate: "knock it off".
The climate is mild. This means that our winters are wet and rainy and our summers are hot and dry. We get to play outside in the summer and munch on fresh green grass and dandelions. In the winter we like to suggle with our humans and relax in our pigloos.
Avg low temp: 35 °F (2 °C)
Avg high temp: 80 °F (29 °C)