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Old 07-17-2019, 01:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I’m getting a guinea pig and I have a small room, so I was wondering if I could put my hedgies cage on top of my guinea’s (I’d make sure there was no possibility of either cage falling/collapsing. I wasn’t sure since they’re different animals. I’ve read that they don’t pose harm of spreading dieseases to each other.
Also would it be ok for me to let them roam around each other if I made sure it was supervised and neither was in risk of being hurt?
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As long as theres a sturdy base on the top cage making sure they cant get to each other it will be fine.

Asses both the animals and the the Guinea pig settle into the house first, ans then try introducing them controlled and supervised, if they get on okay free roaming together is fine as long as its always supervised.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I disagree with Ria. Although there are cases of hedgehogs living together (note; with other *hedgehogs*) successfully in captivity, they are naturally solitary animals. In addition, these two animals do not have any understanding of each other - it would be reckless to allow them to free range together. A hedgehogs quills could seriously hurt a curious guinea pig, and a guinea pigs bite is no joke. Stacking their cages is fine; allowing them to interact is not.

Guinea pigs are also incredibly social animals who need the companionship of a fellow pig - unless there is a genuine reason for having one (I.e it’s a sick guinea pig), you need at least a pair of them.
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Old 07-17-2019, 02:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with Emc. Piggies really do need the companionship of a 2nd piggie. A human just can't substitute. Please do consider getting 2.

What kind of hedgehog cage do you have? If you want the hedgehog cage on top of the piggie cage, you'll need to choose a cage that will work for that. The minimum size should be 30" x 50" for a piggies' cage. Were you going to make a C&C cage? If so, you can use lengths of wired closet shelving to serve as a sturdy 'lid' to the cage. That should allow a hedgehog cage to go on top.
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Completely agree with no interaction. I'm not a fan of any animal interacting with hedgehogs, just don't trust predators, and hedgehog quills can poke sensitive eyes easily.

One thing to keep in mind when you stack cages is accessibility. Will you be able to easily access the entire cage? This can play a major part when it comes to cleaning time, but if you have difficulty reaching far corners of a cage, a hedgehog who doesn't want to be picked up will figure that out.
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