One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about building a C&C cage and getting materials for it. I know lots of people are very interested in building these kinds of cages but getting the right materials (especially the grids!) is very difficult. So right now, I would like to share some alternative materials that you can use in building a cage.
Alternatives to grids
Grids are really hard to come by; some Ace Hardware stores sell them, but I have heard that most don’t. But don’t fret because you can still use these as alternatives:
1. Metal/wire shelving
These are more readily accessible than grids and can also be bought in hardware or home stores. Plus, they function just as well and are very sturdy too!
2. Small animal playpen
Playpens are also good alternatives to grids. They’re easy to set up and can be found in almost every pet supply store. You can use either coroplast or another kind of material for the bottom and off you go!
Tip: If you find that the playpen moves too much, you can secure it by tying zip cable ties to the grid and to the coroplast.
If you have some unused plywood, you can use them for your cage as they make great materials. You can either build a solid wooden wall for the cage or a wooden grid, just like the ones shown in these photos.
Alternatives to coroplast
Compared to grids, coroplast is easier to come by because most National Bookstore outlets and even sign stores sell them. But in case you cannot find coroplast (yes, sometimes this happens!), here are other materials you can use!
1. Shower curtain
A plastic shower curtain is very easy to find and it’s easy to clean as well. One of the advantages of using this is that you can just lay down the shower curtain on the floor and set the grids on it, as opposed to coroplast where you have to cut it and prop it up on the grids.
Many home stores also sell linoleum flooring so it’s also relatively easy to find. It makes a pretty effective and good-looking base, and it’s also easy to clean just like coroplast.
3. Large plastic tub/pool
Some creative folks have also used a large plastic tub/pool as a base for their piggies’ cage and it works quite well!
I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos and I hope this post inspires you to create your own cage with different materials! It doesn’t have to be coroplast and cube grids, you just have to be creative! 🙂