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Old 06-18-2016, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, this is Spikes current playpen setup, I can make the area inside a bit bigger however I am curious what you guys think and if you have any suggestions I would be happy to hear them!


Also the cage is a bit small however he spends most of his time in the playpen. I am considering a bigger cage and my cousin might even build me one.
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Old 06-18-2016, 02:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He currently has his food and water, a log house, a straw hideaway, a bed, a wheel, and a toy dragon. Also he has space behind his log house to hide and he likes to hide under his wheel.
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Old 06-18-2016, 03:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Playpens are great for when we are supervising them. Most don't work as a cage substitute. Especially since they spend most their awake time in the cage.
How big is the actual cage and what does it contain? If it isn't big enough and have the ability to house at least the necessary items plus have open space to run, the cage is what needs updated not the playpen.
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Well the cage is about 12 inches wide & 23 inches long and has his home, food and water plus wheel.
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And, does he need a gigantic open house? Thing takes up a third of the cage. If I swapped it for the straw hideaway it would give him more cage room. He can still ball up and sleep in that if he wants, hes demonstrated that before
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Cage needs to be a minimum of 4 sq feet of floor space. Yes, you can use different things inside. But need to upgrade the cage to meet the minimum requirement. Also, just so you are aware, in the event that he gets mites or fungal and possibly a bacterial infection, you will be throwing out anything that can't be sanitized. Pretty much that is anything with a porous surface.
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4 square feet, got it. Thanks
Also are there any other toys they like?
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Just a suggestion, but maybe you should consider using toys/hides that aren't made of wood/straw. As mentioned they aren't easy to clean and can easily harbour mites and bacteria.
maybe try and have a look into snuggle sacks (as these can be washed properly in a machine) or igloos (as these are plastic, they can easily be cleaned)
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Alright, I heard of the snuggle sacks. Will look into one of those then
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Old 06-18-2016, 05:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Great Minds Think Alike -

Scrizzie loved her play pen so much it became her home. Only time she is back in the cage is cleaning day. I change the layout of the play pen, except food and water, each day while she sleeps in hopes that it challenges just a little mentally having something new to explore.
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