1. I'm going to get two guinea pigs, but only if I can figure out a sure-fire safe way to keep them if I get a cat. Would I just have to keep the cat out of the room that they're in? Maybe get a top for my cage?
2. Is just fleece over towels sufficient bedding? If so, how often do you clean it? Anything else I should know?
3. I've never had two guinea pigs at a time. I know they're very sociable animals and I've seen many people house their pigs together, but I can't help but worry when putting two pigs together. Will they be okay?
4. I've researched the proper size for a cage, but I wanna know what you guys think. Is 70x105cm enough for two pigs or should I try for something more like 70x140cm or 70x175cm?
It's dogs you have to worry about.
I think two females might do better for you than two males, but you had better make triple sure that whatever pair you get are really the same sex. We got three females, but one was actually a male and now we have 7 guinea pigs, lol. Two males need a much larger cage than two females. A C&C cage made with grids and a coroplast base work very well. No cage you buy at a pet store will be big enough. Look at the links Lynx gave you.
I've decided to make a 105x70cm C&C cage (DIY). I'm also getting two hideys and I'm making a kitchen area in the cage with a liter box. For bedding I'm gonna put three towels underneath one polar fleece throw which I will clip to the sides of the cage.
Does this sound like a good plan or have I messed something up? Am I missing something? Do you have any tips for me?
The Care-Fresh is expensive, but we don't have a washer & dryer, so fleece is difficult in our situation.
And the smaller the cage, the more frequent cleaning is needed.
Also a litterbox in such a small space will probably not be very practical.
I used to have a diy cage of 140x95cm (inner dimension) and when I used towels and fleece I had to change it once a week. I had about 3 layers of towels (still fluffy towels that properly soak up liquids) and at the bottom I had human washable incontinence pads. I had 2 to 3 piggies living in this cage.
The smaller the cage, the more frequently you have to clean it, that's true. Pigs pee and poop a LOT. I use the fleece flippers from the guineapigmarket.com, and because the fleece is taut around them that allows me to be able to vacuum up the poo pellets every day. (I use a small hand-vac that is used ONLY for the poo pellets.) I have the minimum size cage for 7 guinea pigs (2 x 8 grids) only because we don't have the space for anything bigger and literally had to get rid of furniture to fit that in. We clean it weekly, but would have to do so more often if I didn't vacuum up the poo pellets daily. As I said, we have two lofts (1 x2 grids) on each end of the cage where we put the hay. Our pigs love to sit in the hay loft and they poo and pee while they munch. The hay lofts have to be cleaned way more often because they tend to collect the most pee and they start to stink from the pee after just 2 or 3 days. Pigs do tend to pee and poo a lot wherever they sit and eat. So, wherever you put your food bowls and hay is where there's going to be more stinky stuff to clean.
We do have a couple of hideys that have two holes, but we don't always put them in the cage. Because our hay lofts are only half-way up the grid (our cage including the lofts is only one grid high), underneath them works like a giant hidey on each end and there are no entry holes to hog. With three food bowls, three water bottles, the two ramps and the two loft spaces we don't like to crowd stuff in the cage too much so the piggies have more space to run. It helps that they are all related and their herd is very closely bonded, but if I could make more space for them, I would. We also have a lid on the cage.