Please do not use anything but the 9 square grids as the ones with 8 grids have larger holes and are DANGEROUS to guinea pigs and have resulted in tragic accidents. You will have to look carefully over the boxes to make sure you have the 9 square grids because they all look the same. The pictures on the box may give you a clue but if you can't tell, open the box and take a look! And please help us spread the word. Thank you! - (written by charybdis)
ETA My mom suggested mass emailing Target since so many of us use these grids.
They also have these which look like the old style but different company - Whitmore. I count 9 squares across. $19.99 plus shipping. You can only get them online:
I decided to contact the Target Consumer affairs division this morning about this serious problem. First let me post that number along with the contact person and case number.
I explained to her that while we are well aware that we are using this product (product # 085 110175) for something other than its intended use, that it is commonly used nation wide for our purpose and has been for quite some time. I told her that it was no longer of any use for us and that there had also been at least one possible case of a death. She has asked for more information about the death. Can anyone put me in touch with the person that lost their pig? They would very much like this information and I would like to be able to provide it for them. Also any first hand problems could and should be reported to them using the information above. I also told her that while we are able to find a similar product (at least for the time being) at other places, they are much more costly. We really like the product and price at Target.
Lindy was very sympathetic and also supplied me with contact information for the actual manufacturer I will be getting in touch with them after the holiday. I asked her to please do some research online to see what a large amount of cages are made out of this product and to try to consider this when dealing with this issue.
I'm asking you all to start posting on your pig and rabbit forums contact information for Target and to try to get people nation wide to get in touch with them. While I know a few of you have looked for other sources, my fear is that the grids are all coming from the same manufacturer. When the current stocks are gone they could all be the larger grids. Target is a caring community minded company and a large player for any manufacturing company. We need to let them know how badly we need to be able to continue to purchase this product. We need to put some POLITE pressure on them. Remember that in using this product not for its intended use we truly have no legitimate complaint. So act accordingly when contacting them. We need a BIG IMPORTANT FAVOR from them.
Application screeners, also please be aware that you will have to be sure that your applicants check the actual size of the squares within the grids. The product being offered by the other sources could change at any time. One other issue that has only occurred to me while writing this so I did not mention it this morning to Lindy is that there are most likely hundreds of publications on the web and in print advising people on this type of cage construction. It may be an issue we will be dealing with for a long time.
Again anyone that can put me in touch with the person that lost their sweet pig please try it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for reading everyone. If you can contribute any information, please call Target. Remember to be polite. If you volunteer with a rescue, it might also be helpful to post here how you are currently dealing with this problem. If you have any websites with information about where to buy grids or make cages printed on it, you may want to somehow modify it.
My friend mentions one person we have heard of whose pig died from an accident with the new grids. If you know this person, or of anyone whose pigs have had tragic accidents with the new grids, you can PM me and I will put them in touch with my friend, or just have them call Target directly. However, if anyone calls Target directly about this, can you also post that on here so we know someone did?
I also posted this on the guinea pig cages forum, and may put it a few more places, wherever I find that I can post and it might be of some use to others.
Basically, this is the ONLY place we've found them other than Costco. Costco, of course, is members only although I'd bet most people have at least one friend with a card.