- With a Touch of Insanity
The best cat-proofing lid I have seen is the long white metal utility shelves.
I used a piece of a 2x4 cut to the right length and bought a piece of outdoor carpet from Lowes then stapled it with a staple gun to the back of the board. I drilled a couple holes in the top of the ramp and secured it with zip ties. I used a couple of grids on either side for a railing (also held on with zip ties) so they didn't fall off and also added another chunk of wood coverd with carpet to put under the ramp to make it less steep.
We made the doors on the front to make it easier to clean. Courtney could not reach the back otherwise and since she does 90% of the cleaning, we had to figure out a way.
I will have to take some more pictures soon to show the changes. We built this cage when we introduced Emmet. I really wanted to go with a 2x5 but there just wasn't room. That is why there are 2 lofts.
The room the cage is in is white and yellow so we wanted it to match. Isn't it a manly cage for my manly boars?
This was my first one (note that there is no bedding in it yet). I had to move the cage into my room, and this was too big.
Then I wanted a double story, but it was a pain to clean
And this is what I use now!
Here is the big cage. This houses my original personal piggies. My husband built this cart to hold several smaller cages, but now that we have downsized, I am able to put my large cage on it. You can see that we do have a few piggies who will be available for adoption soon and they are living in the small, temporary 1 x 3s on the bottom level of the cart.
The top of the cart is a storage area where I keep all my spare towels. The far left of the cart has a full floor to top length sheet of wire mesh where I hang all the spare water bottles, cleaning bottles, etc. It is a pretty handy cart, can you tell I am happy with my husband's design?
This is a close up of the ramp that I use. It is just 2 grids bent in an "L" shape with fake sheep skin over them.
This is the other big cage which is a double decker. The girls live on the bottom level and a singleton boar, Carson, lives separately on the top level.
Finally, this is a double decker for the rest of the intact males here. There are 4 boys in the bottom cage and 2 boys on top. The bottom cage is easy to clean by opening all 4 doors and clamping them to the front of the upper level and then simply sliding the coroplast tray out for easy reaching the back.