Keep in mind that babies up to a few weeks old can easily get through the recommended 1.5 inch spacing of the safe grid. Guinea pigs with thinner, pointier-shaped heads can get their heads stuck in the grid hole.
Please note that some grids are manufactured with fewer inner wires leaving an opening larger than 1.5 inches. Never use these as they are unsafe.
NEVER use grids internally in a cage with babies. This includes interior grid walls, grid or wire hay racks, ramps fashioned from grids, etc.
ALWAYS pay attention to the SHAPE and SIZE of your guinea pigs' head. If it's very thin and pointy, you should take the necessary precautions.
Most people who use C&C Cage have no issues because the 6-inch walls prevent incidents from occurring. However, we ALWAYS recommend baby proofing. There are several quick and temporary solutions since babies grow fast.
Baby-Proofing your C&C Cage
The three approaches to Baby-Proofing are
#1) EXTEND the internal Coroplast Walls
#2) REDUCE the inner grid-hole openings
#3) BLOCK access to the grid-walls
- Use scrap Coroplast or Cardboard attach to the Coroplast between the wall and the grids using tape or binder-clips. Adding just a few inches in height is fine. Pay attention to the items in the cage to ensure they cannot reach the top of the extension.
- Overlap grids. If you have extra grids, then use them to overlap the perimeter grids to reduce the inner grid-hole opening in half or quarters. Cable-ties can be used to secure them in place and removed when no longer necessary. You can use full grids, or half grids can be placed just above the top of the Coroplast wall.
- Use our half-height, Pig-a-Boo acrylic windows with pre-drilled holes by attaching them directly to the grid walls above the Coroplast wall.