I put a link to this thread on the housing page:
So if you need to show it to someone in the future, you can find it there!
The Mini-Loft: Part 1
My guinea pigs enjoy cozy hidden spots, but I do not use Pigloos in my girls' cage – the girls get very possessive with them. So, I created a built-in Mini-Loft.
I attached a regular size grid to the side of the cage with zip-ties.
Mini-Grids come in handy once again, as additional support for the mini-loft. The small ramp attaches to this support as well. The guinea pigs prefer to use the ramp as a popular sleeping spot, and jump up to the mini-loft instead.
This “mini-ramp” came from a set of chinchilla cage accessories.
The small ramp is covered in Sherpa fleece, secured with Velcro at the top.
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The Mini-Loft: Part 2
Coroplast makes a nice tray bottom for the mini-loft. I also wanted sides on the tray, to keep the mess inside the cage. The tray is removable, for easy cleaning.
I use clips to hold the coroplast tray snugly against the sides of the cage, and also to hold the bottom layer of fleece in place. This bottom layer of fleece keeps the upper pad from sliding off.
I sewed thick, absorbent Sherpa fleece pads to fit the single grid mini-loft. The non-slip pad rests securely on the attached fleece, and keeps the clips hidden from the guinea pigs.
Fleecy and fluffy accessories complete the cozy Mini-Loft. The Mini-Loft provides many wonderful hiding/sleeping spots for my girls, yet doesn’t use much floor space in their cage.
Girls enjoying the cage. :)
Unfortunately, I do not know where to purchase mini-grids. I haven't seen them in a Bed, Bath, and Beyond since 2006.
I got sleepy and wanted to take a nap after looking at your cozy photos.
What a practical cage, Tracis. Where does one get those clips from?
NiniAriane, I think I found those at a Target or Walmart. They are light-weight swivel-clip curtain hooks.
I got them transferred, Tracis. They are compressed to about 2/3 the previous size. Slight degradation but should download quicker (there are a lot of pics).
Thanks for sharing your cage with us!!!
Thank you, Lynx - especially for updating the "new" pictures!
Sakura is now on my list of favorite piggies. The butt fluff is wonderful!
Great cage, too!
This cage is a DELUXE CONDO for Guinea pigs!
It is the ultimate cage:)
Love the instructional pics, thanks for posting!
Thanks, tracis. I will make sure to be on the lookout for them when I go to Target or Walmart.
I love your cage, especially the mini-loft. I can't get my girls to use the ramp to a regular loft, but this is the perfect size. Now if I can just get those elusive mini-grids, I'll be all set.
I want that for my pig!
Heck, I want that for myself! (Do they make grids in adult sizes??)
I love this cage! When I build my new cages I want them to look this awesome!!
your cage looks wonderful. I've only had my pigs for 3 weeks and I'm already thinking of expanding their cage! The only thing preventing me from building a hayloft is that I can't get grids in my country. I was lucky that my mum had 20 year old grids hiding in the storage so that I could build a 2x4 C&C cage.
Great cage! I love the mini loft!. I have never seen the mini grids. I will have to look for them.
That cage is awesome!
And momo, I've been searching for mini grids for a long time and haven't found any here! Boo!! A BB&B salesperson thought they'd come out when it was time for back to school but I've not found them yet. I'd LOVE to get my hands on some!
I have been trying to think of a way to add a loft. I am afraid mine would just hide in the lower level.
Right now there is a coroplast shortage here in MN. I spent a bundle at an art store to get mine since Axman supply was out when I was making the quarantine cage. If I find a cheap supply of coroplast and those minicubes, I will definitely use some of those design ideas.