Indoor guinea pig playpen (Different ideas)
In the winter months and when the weather is not good enough, the guinea pigs will be inside or in a sheltered building, whilst you are cleaning out their home. A playpen needs to be secure where they have a safe place to be in. There needs to be a good amount of space, wherever you are able to have the playpen inside and where you are able to sit in with them for a bit of time. Their toiletry needs to be catered for with good bedding like fleece and towels. Somewhere for water bottles to hang up and has hay, hideys and a toy to keep them busy. There are a few set ups that you can have below.
Indoor guinea pig playpen set ups
This is my own set up and works really well. A plastic sheeting covers the carpet with two big incontinence pads on top, followed by two large towels and two fleece liners. The liners have the same material that are used in babies nappies, where the urine will soak into them, but not go straight through to the layers below like other ones do. But with four guinea pigs, some urine will still leak through. The liners are put into the washing machine after 3 days of use and the next set are used for 4 days. The towels are replaced once a week. Their urine doesn’t go through all the way to the incontinence pads, so these are still dry.
Then a metal fenced playpen on top with 8 fence panels attached together with metal sticks, very easy to set up and can be stored in a cupboard/garden shed. Inside I place a long pile of hay with a toy, bed with some hay in and three hideys.
Recap on the items you need for this set up
- Metal fenced playpen with plastic mat
- 2 Incontinence bed pads
- 2 Large towels
- 2 rectangular fleece liners
This set up is made as a c and c cage using choroplast sheets for the walls and floor, can be ordered in different colours which is cool. Cable ties are used to attach each wall together. It can be made up from different sized spaces from this website in the UK or this one in the USA.
This Midwest Cage also could be another option to use as a smaller playpen for a pair of guinea pigs.
If space is not an issue, then how about going even more DIY and make up a wooden playpen. You will require quite a bit of wood and it will take time to construct it all up. There is the easier way and that is to buy one already made up, from a website like Etsy.
It’s about going for the set up that will suit your situation, especially how much space there is, in the room. As long as the guinea pigs have a good space available to them. It needs to be somewhere to stretch their legs and to be in there for at least 5 or more hours. Also when there are over 2 guinea pigs, the play area needs to be a bit bigger.
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