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C&C cage materials alternatives

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!

Photo from here.

Photo from here.

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 itΒ by tying zip cable ties to the grid and to the coroplast.

Photo from here.

Photo from here.

3. Wood

If you have some unused plywood,Β 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.

Photo from here.

Photo from here.

Photo from here.

Photo from here.

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.

The base of the cage is a shower curtain, then a layer of newspapers/towels and fleece is added, just like a regular coroplast base. Photo from here.

The base of the cage is a shower curtain, then a layer of newspapers/towels and fleece is added, just like a regular coroplast base. Photo from here.

2. Linoleum

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.

Photo from here.

Photo from here.

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!

Photo from here.

Photo from here.

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! πŸ™‚

16 thoughts on “C&C cage materials alternatives

  1. gpDude

    Just discovered your site! Glad to see it’s being updated, and glad to know there are active cavybloggers here in the PH. Keep up the good work!

  2. Pinipig

    Hey, where did you buy your transparent pigloo? I only saw one on SM North but it wasn’t transparent. Or can you recommend places for piggy accessories?

  3. Rey

    Hi there!

    Thanks dito may natutunan ako haha!

    Just a quick question lang, anu sukat nung nasa 2nd pic? wanna try some idea eh. πŸ™‚

    1. Claudine Post author

      Hi Rey! πŸ™‚

      I’m not sure eh, kasi the photo isn’t mine din (just cited the source at the bottom) pero it looks like a standard-sized playpen for small dog breeds πŸ™‚

  4. Tracy

    Hello. Where exactly in Divisoria 168 shopping mall can I get C&C cage grids? Your help would be greatly appreciated πŸ™‚

    1. Claudine Post author

      Hi Tracy! You can find grids at 168 Shopping Mall 2nd Floor, Pasilyo 2T. This store is near the curtains section. Last time I checked, the store has mannequins near the entrance of the store so you won’t be able to find the grids right away. They keep the grids at the sides so you really have to go inside and look. πŸ™‚

  5. Jp

    Please sa mga gumagawa ng guinea pig cages please ang standard size Kara sa dalawa Ay 2×3 or bigger hindi pwede 2×2 2×1 pwede to sa isa pero ang guinea pig Ay dapat dalawa pairs kasi social sila dapat pair


    When making a c&c cage please the minimum size is 2×3 for pairs you cannot go below that like 2×2 or 1×2 or 1×3 some of these may fit 1 guinea pig but guinea pigs are social they can’t socialize with well they can but they also want to socialize with one of its kind

  6. Jp

    Please don’t use any wood shavings or softwood shavings like pine cedar shavings because they contain chemicals which are dangerous to guinea pigs rabbits hamsters chinchilla and ect,. Straw can cause eye pokes I can only recomend aspen as the only safest wood based bedding but I highly recommend paper bedding if you can’t find paper you can just diy there are a ton of YouTube videos of diy paper pet bedding like erin’s animals bedding tutorial and more you can also use hay but I don’t mostly recomend hay because its just a waste of it but you could if you have a lot

  7. Jp

    I have a hard time finding the wire grids I went to ace hardware but they said they don’t have it I even shown them a picture but nothing I haven’t check the second ace hardware but I wish I could find one please help and I live in tuguegarao so I have a hard time

    1. Claudine Post author

      Hi, sorry I don’t know much about wire grids in Tuguegarao πŸ™ I’ve recently asked around in Ace Hardware stores though, and I think they’ve already stopped selling these 😐 Have you tried Daiso or other shops of the same kind?

      The only other alternative I can think of is using BBQ grids; I think I saw some people using that, but I think they’re a little heavier than regular grids!

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