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Exercise for guinea pigs

A spacious homemade enclosure with versatile assembly options
Author: Beat Seitz, Widnau, Switzerland
Online since: 05/09/2011, Number of visits: 305559
I couldn't find a suitable exercise cage for my guinea pigs anywhere.
It should be flexible, quickly to assemble and dissemble, easy to transport, expandable, secure and also visually attractive.
Hence, I built 8 identical elements that can be combined and held together by 4 magnets respectively.
I used 18 mm thick untreated spruce glulam panels.
I cut mouldings from these panels and milled a 2 mm deep groove for the grate. Then, I milled the cavities for the overlapping ends and drilled holes for the magnets.
Now, I just had to cut the grate into shape and put the elements together and glue them.
Finally, I glued four S-08-08-N disc magnets per element with araldite into the drill holes. Here, I had to pay attention to the correct polarity of the magnets.
This simple connection of the elements makes assembling and dissembling easy for cleaning. Also, when the little rodents went on vacation, the cage was very easy to transport. It can be adjusted and extended whenever necessary.
Using the same assembly system, other elements can be added, such as a passageway, an acrylic glass platform with a hideout or a built-in hayrack, etc. Similar to playing with interlocking toy bricks, there are no limits to your imagination.
The 8 mouldings, stacked on top of each other to safe space.
The 8 mouldings, stacked on top of each other to safe space.
Note from the supermagnete team: A similar small animal compound can be seen in our application Rabbit playpen.