Having a tiny critter in your own household is one of the most amazing choices you can make. You can make sure the animal has a great life and, at the same time, it will enhance yours. But, of course, each pet poses its own challenges. With dogs and cats, their size means that they have to be given enough feedom outside. For a guinea pig, this type of domesticated animal requires much more: its own shelter. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can make a DIY guinea pig cage.
The Downsides of a Store-bought Guinea Pig Cage
Keeping a four-legged creature such as a guinea pig as a pet is nothing new. Since their introduction to the Westback in the 16th century, many have fallen in love with this furry beast and they were domesticated. They would otherwise have been a source of meat, like in the Andes Mountain where they have been a staple food for centuries.
This craze has eventually made guinea pigs a source for business opportunities – centres either sell them as pet or provide accessories for their domestication. Because of this, finding a cage to house your very own guinea pig should be as easy as buying anything else from a store.
But, despite this convenience, getting a cage from a store is not without its drawbacks. Not only are most guinea pig cages costly, they also aren’t spacious enough to make for an exciting area for a tiny creature to thrive in. On a purely aesthetic level, most of these cages are not very atractive and are hardly any different from one another.
The Upsides of DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Sometime, buying a cage just becomes an expensive gimmick, so intuitively, making your own from scratch is a much better solution. With a bit of creativity and effort, you can easily turn simple materials into a work-of-art for your pet.
Some of these materials may already be just lingering in your garage while others may require sourcing from DIY centres or online. But having the freedom to model your pet’s home is the highlight of the experience. Not only will it get your creative juices flowing, the end-result is priceless and very fulfilling.
DIY Guinea Pig Cage Ideas That are Worth Noting
As artistic as you are may be, sometimes coming up with the initial idea can be daunting. If you are struggling to think up one of your own, here are some pre-made styles you can follow:
3-Storey Wooden DIY Guinea Pig Cage
If you are thinking of owning more than one guinea pig, it makes sense to make a multi-layered cage. Not only does each layer povide plenty of space and different environments, they also provide private spaces for each of your pets.
However, take note that wooden materials tend to absorb liquids and scent, which means you should water-proof it and line it with paper if you want to keep it smeeling as nice as it looks.
Sandboxed-style Wooden DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Giving your pet a sandbox-style “estate” to play around in is as easy as 1, 2, 3 with this DIY guinea pig cage. Reminiscent of the beach or, at least a sandy area, this is quite the eye-candy.
Don’t let the German text on the website put you off this design. You can easily use Google Translate to shift those texts into the language you understand better. The image alone should also be enough to act as a source of inspiration.
Fenced Wooden DIY Guinea Pig Cage
One of the main advantages of making a cage with a 360-degree view of your pet is the versatility of the environment. Wherever you place your pet’s cage, the surrounding areas also change.
Honestly, this is not the most intricate DIY build out there. In fact, this design is more for people who are less skilled or those who only wanta functional pet cage made out of wood.
Pentagonal Wooden DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Get 5 pieces of wood and a piece of plexiglass, join them together, and this is what you get: a 5-sided cage that is a world unique to your pet.
One good thing about this design is that it also creates some out-of-sight spaces which give the pet some privacy. While nothing revolutionary, not many pet cages offer for guinea pigs.
Intricate Wooden DIY Guinea Pig Cage
If you are committed to making an artistic project for your pet based around wood, this is the blueprint to follow. This is the type of project that may require some serious planning beforehand but, with the right knowhow and preparation, this project will definitely be worth it.
Playpen Wooden DIY Guinea Pig Cage
This is more than just a fenced wooden guinea pig cage – this particular design is made to exude the impression of a house with a playpen area. It is simple yet stylish at the same time.
Dedicated Wooden DIY Guinea Pig Cage
If you don’t have a garden, but still want a pet, it makes complete sense to allot your guinea pig a permanent space indoors. This specific design is a statement that any corner of the home can be easily converted into a pet cage with the right boundaries.
Cutesy Wooden DIY Guinea Pig Cage
If you want a design that is not only visually-appealing but also functional, a blueprint like as this is sure to attract attention. Your pet will love the added upper layer which gives it elevation for a different view of its environment.
Basic Plastic DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Requiring more than just cutting a small piece of a tree to make, plastic is pricier than wood. But features that make this material stand out include its style, workability, airiness and expandability.
This particular design is a basic demonstration of what plastic material can do for you without being very intricate about it – just be aware, because some guinea pigs are a fan of gnawing plastic!
Plastic and Wire Cubes DIY Guinea Pig Cage
This cage probably won’t take the cake for being the most aesthetically-pleasing. But if you want a functional cage made mostly of plastic or waterproof liners and some wire cubes, this is it.
Just do not let your pet outsmart you and get out of its cage – make sue you cover the low areas of the design. Other than that, there’s almost nothing to worry about in this design.
Colorful Wire Cube and Waterproof Liner DIY Guinea Pig Cage
There is never a dull moment with this cage, thanks to the varying colors of the polka dots. This is the place to be for your pet to enjoy much of their day. Perhaps this particular cage is best shared with fellow critters.
In a Basket DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Having some unused baskets at home may have its perk for your pet -you can use them to make a home for it! Just do not forget to add the necessary fences around it to keep your fluffy one inside.
Cabinet DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Not many people are willing to repurpose a working piece of furniture to give space for a pet but, if you have a spae cabinet lying around, this cabinet-turned-pet-cage blueprint is an inspiration.
Most cabinets come with multiple layers so with this cageyou will have ample space for more than a single pet.
But, like we talked about above with wooden pet cages, wooden furniture is not immune to absorbing liquid and scent. I personally recommend adding an animal-friendly topcoat for the exposed wood, such as a plastic liner, to bypass this problem.
Alternative Cabinet DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Repurposing an expensive piece of furniture for a pet is not a practical idea for many people. Luckily, not all cabinets have to be expensive or spacious to be repurposed into a guinea pig cage.
This specific blueprint is testament that a smaller and cheaper piece of furniture makes the ideal material for a pet cage.
Multi-layered PVC DIY Animal Cage
How many layersyou should make for a design is entirely dependent upon the number of critters you are willing to shelter. This particular blueprint isn’t only centered towards guinea pigs, but also other animals as well.
However, there is no denying that the major highlight of this build is the PVC pipe which serves as the pillar of the cage. Some of the major perks of using PVC is that it is inexpensive, easy to build and durable.
Stylish PVC DIY Guinea Pig Cage
With the right knowledge of PVC pipes, using it to make a design doesn’t always have to be conventional. This blueprint particularly shows of the material’s versatility in terms of design structure.
Operational PVC DIY Guinea Pig Cage
This particular design is just a prototype. But, looking at the images, it is not hard to see the major role which PVC pipes play to make this specific cage functional.
IKEA Ware DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Who would have thought that you could turn an IKEA product into a pet cage? Well, this particular design is proof that there are no limits to human creativity, as long as it’s tangible.
Coffee Table DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Many people like to place their pet cages in specific places for convenience so, if the first thing you do when you get out of bed is take a look at your pet, this coffee table design is a must-have.
However, be aware of the wood of this cage. If you aren’t too attentive, this cage might become a source of unwanted stench.
Storage Containers DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Who said closed plastic containers can only be used for inanimate objects? With a bit of creativity, these airless containers can also be repurposed into a shelter that is rich in live-giving oxygen. Of course, this means tampering the material to make the idea fit.
Lofty DIY Guinea Pig Cage
When you want your pet’s home to be as stylish as yours, it takes a lofty design to make it work. This particular blueprint is a showcase, executed brilliantly with an eclectic mix of materials and colors.
Apartment-esque DIY Guinea Pig Cage
With a four-legged creature as an occupant, it takes a cozy space to house your treasured occupants. Why not embody this idea by making an “apartment” for your pet in which they can live comfortably?
Plain but Functional DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Not all people have the luxury of time and effort to make something very complicated but they can also make an amazing cage without the fuss. This particular blueprint is a proof to such a notion. If it works, then it’s good enough, right?
Holiday-themed DIY Guinea Pig Cage
Who says small critters like guinea pigs do not appreciate holidays? This colorful design is a proof that, in their own ways, small pets do enjoy the holiday vibe.
Dresser DIY Guinea Pig Cage
This is just another example for how you can repurpose a piece of furniture into something as useful as a pet cage. If you have a dresser in your garage which would otherwise go to waste, feel free to experiment with it.