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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-10-2007, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question A few questions.

I don't have any piggies, yet, but I plan to, although I don't know when yet, and I just have a couple of questions.

For one, I plan to make my own cage, a C&C cage, and I was wondering if pigs chew a lot and also if coroplast is safe to be chewed?
Also, is newspaper ok to line the cage and maybe adding some of it shredded with the bedding? Is it towic?

One last thing... Is it better/ easier to keep a pair of males or females?

Thanks for any advice in advance.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-10-2007, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Oh! One more. In the site I was reading for a homemade C&C cage, the woman said she lined her cage with newspaper and TAPED it with clear shipping tape. Is THIS unsafe?

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Pigs generally aren't voracious chewers like rabbits are. The tops of the flaps on mine have a few chew marks (mostly gotten when I take too long bringing the veggies!) As long as they're not eating huge chunks of it, they're fine.

Newspaper really isn't a good choice of bedding for many reasons. It's not very absorbent, doesn't block odor well, and gets dirty very easily. You'd have to change it at least once a day, maybe twice. I'd reccomend aspen shavings, carefresh, soft sorbent, cellsorb, yesterday's news, or fleece bedding.

Finally, I don't see a huge difference in males vs. females.
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I wouldn't just use newspaper. It would be more as a cage lining and something for them to chew up, the stuff mixed with the Aspen I normally use. I just want to know is newprint safe if it get ingested or is it toxic. Also is shipping tape(which believe it actually is) toxic?

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Ah, I gotcha now, sorry for the confusion!

I wouldn't tape it, though mine don't really dig and nibble and try to tear stuff up, better safe than sorry The newsprint shoudl be fine, IIRC, most newspapers are printed with a nontoxic ink, otherwise landfills, etc, would be a hugely toxic place. Mine have never had problems with it.
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Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.

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I'm excited to see your C&C cage when you get it done!
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Oh, it might be quite a while. I currently have a hamster and a mouse in my room, so I don't plat to get the piggies for a real long while, so I'm gunna do the cage very slowly.
BTW, do pigs pee in corners or all around?

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Oh, another... How high can pigs jump/ how high should I make the walls so I could keep it without a top? I was think a foot, 'cause I was reading this woman's piggies were able to jump over a 9 inche wall.

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The cubes generally recommended for the cages are 14 inches square (wide and tall), and most pigs can't get over them. But some younger pigs, or especially determined pigs can. I'd go at least 14 inches.
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Ah, ok, thank you!

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Just in case you do end up with an adventurous one, you may want to put a top on it.


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post #13 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-11-2007, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I'd rather not put a top on it, so I'll make the walls high and see how it goes from there.

I have another(Yes, I know, they seem never ending). Can you use material in a piggy's cage? Like material beds, most of all..

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Yes, most of them will like snuggling, but make sure it's machine washable, because they will poop and pee all over it.

Also, just to add, 90% of the pigs I've seen go over the top of a cube cage have been young males who knew there was a female on the other side. It's not very common, I've never seen a pig in our rescue that could do it.
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Ah, thank you.

Well, from what I've read, I'll probably getting to females, or a female and an already neutered male, which ever happens to be in the Shelter when I'm ready to get them. But if I have a choice between those two pairs, what would you suggest? 'Cause I read that it's more likely for a male pair to fight than a female, is this the same for a male/female pair?

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