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Question about cube cages

I am planning to get insulfoam and cubes for my cage.. and i had a few questions

1.How tall should the sides be?
2. What do you use for a ramp between levels?
3. How much space should be between the 2 levels can it just be one cube?
4. what do you do for the doors?
5. do you have a top on your cage?
6. can you have the lowes people cut the plastic for you.. i dont think it will fit in my car?
7. What do you use to hold the edges of the plastic together?

I guess if you only have it one high you wouldnt need doors.. can guinea pigs climb? mine doesnt yet.

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ok i have been calculating it, i am thinking of having the cage be 3.5 ft by 2 ft, and then have the second layer be 28 in by 2 feet with the plastic walls being 6 inches, the floor being 14 inches above the other. i think i need 22 squares eep. i hope i calculated right.

does this seam like a good size for one guinea pig? how about 2? (i only have one right now but sometime in the future i want to get him a friend)

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I think these have been posted before not too long ago...

Check these links out..they should help and give you some ideas

Guinea Pig Cages, Your Cavy At Home

C&C Cages - Types and Styles

How to Make a C&C Cage Score and cut the insulfoam or coroplast..whatever your gonna use..carefully..not cutting all the way thru..read the directions on this link carefully

At Lowes i had them cut the insulfoam in half and at home you can cut it more if you want...it is simple to cut....its foam remember...and it can be kinda rolled a bit to fit in the backseat..thats what i did. But if you have a truck it would be easier.
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oh ok, i was thinking it was really stiff. i was reading a bit about it i think i figured it out

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Its not really stiff or really pliable...you will understand when you see it........

Hope it goes well when you get around to making it...have fun! And pics when you can
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ill get it tomorrow. i hope our lowes has it.

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if not maybe try HomeDepot.
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i will. thanks

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The cage size you're describing is not ideal. The bottom part of the cage should be at LEAST 7.5 square feet, and your bottom is 7 if I'm multiplying corretly. And 7.5 is really the bare minimum. I wouldn't even consider putting on an upper level unless my bottom part of my cage was 10.5 square feet. Incidently, making the bottom 2'x3.5' is going to make it so that your grids do not fit evenly.
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i posted some links for her that state the sizes recommended. I think she is looking at that. Im sure she will consider advice given....i know she wants a happy piggie
I know in my case i couldnt make the cubes fit evenly due to the space i could use so i connected the grids by overlapping some just a little bit and fastening them together with those plastic tie things. I think they are called cable ties??
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i guess i could do 2x3 squares but thats really all the space i have is why i wanted to do 2 layers

hes in a really crappy cage right now like 1.5x2 ft

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what section is insulfoam in? (like pluming, and what not)
all i can find online is spray foam insulation

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ummm i remember its near the wood department...lumber dept. Just ask someone there...a guy near that department and im sure they will know.
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ok, last time we asked for masinite (sp?) they tried to give us drywall... im sure ill find it

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If you can only do 2x3 squares, I'd suggest not doing a next level. The ramp will actually take away from the running space in the bottom level because of how gently inclined they have to be.
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