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Do I need to cover my cage?

Do I need to cover my cage?

Cage Covers

One aspect of guinea pig care that often sparks debate is the use of cage covers. Are they a necessary addition to your guinea pig's habitat, or are they optional? Let's delve into the specifics to understand when guinea pig cage covers are needed and when they may be considered unnecessary.

The decision to use a cage cover depends on various factors, including your pet's individual needs, their surroundings--as well as your own peace of mind. While cage covers can provide a sense of security and protection in certain situations, they may be unnecessary in well-designed and appropriately located cages. If the cage is already in a quiet and safe area, and your household environment is generally calm, the need for a cage cover may be minimal. Introducing guinea pigs into a household with other pets, such as cats or dogs, requires careful consideration of the potential interactions between the different animals.

When considering the type of cover, it’s best to use a cover made from C&C grids rather than a solid cover. This vented grid design allows for optimal air circulation, ensuring that the guinea pigs habitat remains well-ventilated. Additionally, the open grid allows for easy monitoring and provides them with a view of their surroundings, promoting mental stimulation and reducing feelings of isolation.

Keep in mind, covers are very necessary when separating males and females to avoid unintentional pregnancies. A male will most definitely scale an uncovered cage to access a female in a nearby cage.

Cats, Dogs, and Children

In general, guinea pigs aren't prey to cats, more of a curiosity. However, if your cat is particularly aggressive, you may feel safer with a cage cover. Our covers are designed to have the stability to withstand a cat (or two) on top CCCages Covers (with a small blanket to protect their paws). Cats are more likely to sit beside the cage rather than on top as it would be uncomfortable for their paws. Guinea pigs also don't seem to mind a cat sitting beside the cage and may even enjoy their company. Our 6" high Coroplast base wall also provides guinea pigs with a sense of safety, while still allowing them to view their surroundings.

Dogs, with their playful nature, may inadvertently cause harm in their exuberance. Our  covers not only safeguard the guinea pigs from potential harm but also helps establish clear boundaries for the other pets in the household. You can use a carabiner to latch the cage cover to make it extra secure.

Children (especially very young children), require supervision when interacting with guinea pigs. A child may unintentionally hurt a guinea pig just by their excitement and love for them. Our design is strong, but a finger could get hurt if a child is allowed to open and close the cover unattended, so it's wise to use a carabiner to latch the cover. Our covers were tested thoroughly (and our cats Petey shown above, and Baby Girl have both been on the cover with no problem). 

Covers are different than Canopies

Guinea pigs, being prey animals by nature, possess a heightened sensitivity to their environment. Sudden movements and loud noises can evoke a stress response in these small creatures, especially when eating, and they need a "safe haven" for a retreat.

CCCages light blue canopy

Our Cavy Canopy   serves as an invaluable tool in mitigating stress and creating a sanctuary of calm within their living space. Our canopies are particularly useful when used with our  Kitchens where their hay, food, and water is best located.

The canopy mimics the natural burrows that guinea pigs create in the wild, offering a familiar and secure environment that aligns with their instinctual need for safety.



 

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