|Truffle and Poof gaze at each other from opposite sides of the acrylic|
Many guinea pig owners are undoubtedly familiar with finding all sorts of things outside the confines of their cavies cage. Hay, poop, bedding and pellets are the most common culprits. Occasionally stray bits of fruit or vegetables make their way across the room, no doubt launched by a pig in an energetic moment.
Our previous strategy for debris containment was to leave the coroplast walls cut high. This presented its own set of problems. First we needed larger swaths of fleece covering the walls to deter chewing. Then we needed to binder clip the fabric to the walls in order to prevent all the pigs from burrowing underneath. Even so, Belka would regularly stand on her hind legs and tug on the fleece with her teeth to check for dips she could mole her way into. I often turned just in time to see her dive below. Encouraged by Belka's example, Peaches and Poof would follow behind. Extricating scuttling pigs from underneath layers of bedding proved to be an ongoing annoyance, especially when they couldn't find their way back out.
|Previous debris containment strategy - high coroplast walls|
Recently during a cage remodel we came up with the idea of replacing the fleece covered coroplast walls with clear acrylic. It has worked well thus far - not only does the acrylic keep debris inside but it also acts as a urine guard. Best of all, it allows for an unencumbered view of the piggies puttering to and fro.
|Acrylic backed C&C grids|
We purchased clear acrylic at our local hardware store (Orchard Supply Hardware) and had the pieces cut to size. Specialty plastic stores may also carry different acrylic colors.
|Acrylic color samples at Tap Plastics|
The pieces we used were 14" (35.5cm) length, 3/32" (0.238cm) thick, and 7 3/4" (19.7cm) height, although the height can be adjusted to your preference. At home we marked holes in the acrylic, drilled them out, then zip tied the pieces onto C&C grids.
|Acrylic is secured onto the C&C grid with zip ties|
|Fits into corners of connectors|