Tye Dye Cage Set

I have finally finished my one of three cage sets! If you have read my last blog post (click here to read) you would have read that I brought home the piggies earlier than I expected. I thought I would have at least another three-five weeks before I started looking for piggies, but that was not the case. I bought a lot of fleece within the past month because it seemed like all anti-pill fleece was on sale! I purchased various colors and patterns from Joanns and from fabric(dot)com (which I DO NOT recommend, I’ll write a separate post on my review).

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Since I was so unprepared for the piggies, I just laid down a very large piece of blue anti-pill fleece that I had intended to make a cage liner out of, but since I had no other option but putting the blue fleece down with some uhaul underneath it, I just went with it. I will be changing the blue fleece with the new red/tye dye fleece I made today! I’m so happy that I’m finally done!

I decided to make a 2×5 cage liner, a 2×2 cage liner, two kitchen pads, a bunk bed pad, a snuggle sac, and a run through tunnel. The 2×5 cage liner took about two hours in total to make, including measuring, sewing, and cutting. I decided to add an extra ten inches to the 27″x71″, so I could fold the fleece over the coroplast to prevent burrowing. I also made a 2×2 cage liner for the upper level. I made two kitchen pads for the high potty areas and I have a bunk bed in the cage that the piggies love, so I made a pad for that too.

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The cage liners and pads are reversible. The cage liners have red anti-pill fleece on one side and purple anti-pill fleece (to match my next cage set– a secret!) on the other, and two layers of absorbent uhaul in the middle, to make them extra absorbent! The pads have red anti-pill fleece on one side and a pretty tye dye on the other side, and also have two layers of absorbent uhaul.

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I am getting much better at sewing, but I’m still no professional. I accidentally made a snuggle sac way too big, because the first one I made to match my blue/green fleece, was too small. But I actually like it, both of the piggies will fit in it- if they choose to go in together… which they most likely won’t. The snuggle sac is made with the tye dye fleece on the outside and red fleece on the inside, with one piece of foam on the top to keep it open. If they do wee in the snuggle sac, it will go through the fleece into the cage liner beneath it. I also made a run through tunnel, because Flynn loves running through the (very badly made) tunnel I have in the cage now. I accidentally made the tunnel with red fleece on the outside instead of the tye dye, but that’s okay, the floor is the tye dye pattern.

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Overall, I’m so happy with how the cage set came out- and I “did it all by myself” (with some cutting help from my boyfriend)! I got a few comments on instagram asking if I sell cage liners, and as much as I would love to, I do not. Since I am not professional, I don’t want to sell something that would be A. expensive and B. not made to excellent quality. Maybe some time in the future, after I keep practicing.

I will be posting a cage tour and me cleaning the cage completely, within the next few days. I will do a separate post on that when I upload the videos!

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Bringing the new piggies home!

Hello everyone! It has been 4 days since I brought Oliver and Flynn home! I posted a video on my Youtube channel with some footage from our short adventure to pick the piggies up from the woman who sold them to us, the video is right above this paragraph!

So the LONG story begins…

I had decided back in February that I wanted a pair of guinea pigs. I had one when I was little and I absolutely adored him. He passed when he was about 5 years old. I bought a hamster, named Popsicle (little fact about me: I love Popsicles!) back in November. I began looking for shelters in Illinois, and came across one. I found a post for three sweet female guinea pigs, whom I fell in love with right away. I emailed the shelter asking for some information about them, and I told them that I was interested but would not know until April if I would be able to adopt them. The woman told me the information I wanted to know and that was about it.

I decided in the first week of April that I wanted to adopt the three female guinea pigs at the shelter. I messaged the woman again saying that I was 100% interested in adopting the girls, and that I had to order my cage (which I ended up building last week, and saving money for not buying it online) which might take a few days. She replied saying that the girls would be at a Pet store in a city about an hour away, that weekend to be adopted by anyone who might go into the store. I replied to her saying “if I fill out this adoption form and email you back, will they be held for me?” because I had 100% intended to go pick them up after my boyfriend got out of work at 1:30 that saturday. She replied to me saying that she could not hold them for me, and there was a chance they would be adopted. I decided not to go through with the adoption because I was not going to drive an hour away to adopt these guinea pigs only to find that they had already been adopted. So this adoption shelter was no longer one of my options.

A week after I decided not to go to this shelter, I began buying fleece for the guinea pigs to start getting ready for the guinea pigs I was planning to buy/adopt. I decided that I wanted two boy guinea pigs, so I bought a bunch of fleece from Joann Fabrics during their huge 60% off sale (with my additional 20% off coupon I had from signing up on the website!) and started sewing cage liners, lap pads, and some tunnels for the piggies. I had went to the Petco a few days a week to look at the guinea pigs they had for sale. Before I go on: Yes, I felt terrible for planning to buy guinea pigs instead of adopt them, but there was only one shelter within two hours of my location, so there was nowhere else for me to get guinea pigs (except craigslist). I do not support buying any animal from pet stores because there are so many animals out there who have no homes/do not have proper homes. Please believe me when I say that I felt so terrible for choosing to buy the guinea pigs, but I do plan on adopting many other animals from shelters in the future.

At petco I saw a small male guinea pig, who I fell in love with! He was a abyssinian with brown fur, he didn’t seem to love any of the other 5 guinea pigs who were housed with him. I thought about buying him and a short haired guinea pig who was wheeking and popcorning in the cage. I came back a few days later just to see if they were still available, but they were both gone.

Here’s an additional story…

My nieces birthday was that weekend (the 24th/25th), and something strange had happened to me when I woke up. I woke up unable to close my left eye and unable to smile on my left side. I went to the hospital on sunday around 5 am and I was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, a temporary facial paralysis. I would not be able to move the left side of my face for 6-9 weeks! I decided then that I would wait to get the guinea pigs, I would sew and get everything ready, and wait until my face got back to normal.

On Monday afternoon I was glancing around on craigslist for guinea pigs (I just couldn’t stay away!) and I found a post about two male baby guinea pigs. A woman was selling two adorable baby guinea pigs and she lived a little over an hour away from me. She said that both parents were living there as well. I texted her and asked if they were still available, and she said yes.

On Wednesday morning after my final test for the college semester (finally, I’m done until August!), my boyfriend and I drove down to this woman’s house. When we went inside, I saw a small c&c cage (about 2×3) on the floor with 5 guinea pigs in it. The guinea pigs in this tiny c&c cage were Oliver, Flynn, their mother, and two other small females. The woman grabbed Oliver and handed him to me. He nibbled me a few times, but I fell in love instantly. She then handed Flynn to my boyfriend. She showed us their father who was in a coroplast base on a drawer, which was about a 2×3 as well and housed 3 guinea pigs, including a female. She told me that she had two more female baby guinea pigs she was selling, in the other room. I didn’t necessarily think she was a breeder, I think she just didn’t care about keeping males and females housed separately. As much as I felt bad for buying Oliver and Flynn, I don’t regret it at all.

We put Oliver and Flynn in a cat carrier that my neighbor gave me. They started bickering so we stopped at a local food market and got a box. We put Flynn in the box and Oliver in the carrier. If you’d like to see the video where we first put them in their new cage, please scroll back up to the video in this post!

I am now watching Flynn chase Oliver around the cage, trying to show his dominance. The boys are doing great. They are wheeking louder than they have in the past 4 days they have been here, and they are both popcorning left and right! Oliver learned how to go up the ramp first, since he had to run away from Flynn constantly. But now Flynn follows him right up the ramp and tries to assert his dominance. I am hoping in a few weeks they will get that figured out between them. I am feeding them fresh veggies everyday and they are slowly getting used to my company. I am totally in love with them and could not be happier.

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DIY C&C Cage

2×5 C&C (with optional 2×2 upper level) Cage DIY:

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Items needed for 2×5 c&c cage:
-39” x 83” piece of coroplast
—$15 for a 4×8 sheet of white coroplast at a local sign store.
-14 (9×9) cubes
—$22 for a cube wire storage set at Kmart, link below.
[ http://www.kmart.com/stor-floor-standing-6-cube-storage-unit/p-010W435219990001P?prdNo=5&blockNo=5&blockType=G5 ]
-28 plastic grid connectors
—Included in $22 cube wire storage set linked above.
-40 zip ties (optional, but recommended for extra safety)
—$5 at Home Depot.
-Pen, ruler, box cutter, scissors, clear extra strong tape
~Total (not including last line of items): less than $45 (including tax).

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Items needed for a 2×5 c&c cage w/ 2×2 open-top upper level and ramp:
-39” x 83” piece of coroplast
—$15 for a 4×8 sheet of white coroplast at a local sign store.
-38.5” x 38.5” piece of coroplast (for some reason this coroplast box when completed was a little too small for the upper level, but it works fine. You can add 1-1.5 inches if you want it to fit a little better)
—$15 for a 4×8 sheet of white coroplast at a local sign store: have them cut it to the length you desire, then keep the left over coroplast for the ramp. At the sign store I went to, I had to pay for two 4×8 coroplast sheets and got to keep the leftovers.
-11.75” x 30” piece of coroplast (for the ramp)
—Included in the $15 for the white coroplast (use leftovers).
-5.20” x 29.5” piece of carpet
—Less than $3 at local dollar store.
-26 (9×9) cubes, in total for bottom and upper level (if you want an enclosed upper level, the items needed are below- I chose to do a enclosed top for some piggy privacy)
—$22 for first cube wire storage set at Kmart, link below.
[ http://www.kmart.com/stor-floor-standing-6-cube-storage-unit/p-010W435219990001P?prdNo=5&blockNo=5&blockType=G5 ]
—$20 for second cube wire storage set at Kmart, link below.
[http://www.kmart.com/essential-home-4-cube-wire-storage-unit-set/p-011W006290669001P?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2 ]
-36 plastic grid connectors
—Included in the $42 cube wire storage sets linked above.
-150+ zip ties (optional, but very much recommended for safety and sturdiness)
-Pen, ruler, box cutter, scissors, clear extra strong tape
~Total (not including last line of items): less than $85 (including tax). [**I bought two different wired cube sets from Kmart, one came with 23 cubes, the other came with 16 cubes, I needed BOTH to complete my full cage**]

*If you want to BUY a 2×5 c&c cage off of a website, it will be $79.99 plus $20 shipping, totaling over $100 compared to building your own and spending less than $45.
*If you want to BUY a 2×5 c&c cage with a 2×2 loft and ramp off of a website, it will be $137.99 plus $20+ shipping, totaling over $160 compared to building your own and spending less than $85.

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DIY Ramp:
1. Take a grid and put one end (about 3 squares) underneath a HEAVY surface, you’re going to need to measure carefully.
2. You might need a parents help for this part: with one part underneath the heavy surface, and gently bend it upward.
3. Repeat this on the other side, so you form a “U”.
4. Do this to another grid, so you have 2 matching grids that both form a “U”
5. Use zip ties to connect them securely to each other.
6. Measure coroplast and poke some holes into it and zip tie it to the grid.
7. Zip tie to the top ramp securely!