About the Guinea Pig Cages Store

How “C&C” Came To Be

20 years ago, Teresa Murphy of San Mateo, California, started doing guinea pig rescue after making the same mistakes that many of us do by ending up with too many from a pregnant pet store purchase. As her cavy population grew, she realized that even multiples of the largest cages available in pet stores were just too small, creating crowded, hard-to-keep-clean messes without enough space for exercise. "Necessity being the mother of invention" led to Teresa's quest for a better living environment for her special charges -- one that was easy to replicate by her adopters. It needed to be good-for-the-guineas and easy-to-clean for kids and adults alike.

After much trial and error, she discovered that by combining two materials, Cubes (wire storage cubes) and Coroplast (corrugated plastic), she could create an easy-to-clean, properly-sized cage for her guinea pigs -- success! The original C&C cage concept was born. In her experimentation and observation of guinea pigs' behavior in various cage sizes in her rescue, she was able to determine the sweet spot of cage sizes for various pairings and groupings of guinea pigs. She published her new Cage Size Standards and advocated for them in the early days of the internet.

Teresa created CavyCages(.com) which later became GuineaPigCages.com in order to share detailed instructions on “How To Make” a C&C cage, along with a community-sourced directory of where to find materials. She included a forum, photo gallery, and more. Her new guinea pig cage size standards, put forth in 2000, continue to be the generally accepted standards to this day.

In 2001, Sue Galanto, of East Hampton, Connecticut, refusing to purchase a too-small pet store cage for her daughter’s new guinea pigs, searched online for a better cage solution and found Teresa’s website. After making a cage and joining the forum, she noticed many members couldn’t find materials or didn’t have the time to make their own. Once she figured out how to box and ship various cage sizes, she contacted Teresa in 2003 with a “C&C Cage Kit” idea. Teresa agreed and created a basic cage store page on her GuineaPigCages.com website. Sue operated the cage store in Connecticut offering simple, one-level cage kits in just two colors.

Over the next seven years, C&C cages were becoming very popular. So in 2010, GuineaPigZone was created: a central directory for rescues, vets, resources for cage materials, adoptable guinea pigs as well as the cage kits. As the creative juices flowed, the cage designs evolved, and the product line expanded quickly to include lofts, ramps, kitchens, stands, cubbies and more. This prompted the need for a separate, ecommerce-only website: the Guinea Pig Cages Store. Their 15+ year commitment continues today with 16 Coroplast colors (two are custom), offering only high-quality, safe, beneficial products for guinea pigs and their caretakers … and they’re just gettin’ started. Stay tuned!

The Guinea Pig Cages Store Team