There is also a link at the top to a movie I put together the first day I got a digital camera. It's not good, but it does show you their house.
- Supporting my GL Habit
glambunn - love the beware of guinea pig sign!
- I GAVE, dammit!
Sally and Penny didn't use the second level until I put their pellets up there. Food is a big motivator... so is the hay loft and oversized bathroom (right hand side) - it wasn't planned to be an oversized carefresh bathroom, but they seemed to prefer to do their business up there so I accomodated.
They also have a hay rack/litter box combination on the bottom left side, and two houses on the right-bottom.
With this setup, they are slowly learning that it's much better to go to the bathroom on carefresh rather than on the fleece. Amazingly, we've got it to the point where I do daily spot pickups and only need to do a thorough clean with vinegar/water and new fleece every 8-9 days (no kidding!!).
I used to put newspaper and carefresh in their litter boxes, but I found that the exposed newspaper is what amplifies the smell (no idea why!!). I put newspaper underneath the fleece, and fold it under to prevent them from lifting it up. I used to attach the fleece to the walls with velcro, but they LOVED to riiiiiiipppppp it back.
They get a lot of exercise running up and down the ramp at full speed, and getting hay out of the rack (they have to go on their back legs to get the "good/new stuff"). Of course, the main floor is their safety zone - they always run there when they hear a strange noise.
I'm continually making "improvements" as they request it (i.e. as they start pooping/peeing somewhere new), so it's an evolving home for them. Hope this helps you.
We made our old cage out of galvanised aluminum 1"x1" wire. My Husband has access to a sheet metal shop, and was able to make a 30x 50" pan years ago. I haven't looked for coroplast yet. This cage is about 10 years old. Suey is looking for a friend.
Cavy cages has some great pictures of this process here: