Originally Posted by FishyFishy89
@Pearl, on the forum where she posted, the users have grown accustomed to NOT "taking their word" on giving adequate floor time. One of the reasons why the cages are so large for the small animals is so they can exercise on THEIR own time.
Hamsters, I've never seen a hamster where his or her health was significantly improved by being put in a large cage. Hammys love to dig in bedding, tunnel, stuff their face and sleep. I think, as long as they can do that, they're happy happy happy.
For guinea pigs/rabbits. We've often compared caring for them to caring for a child. The only difference is you don't change diapers and don't take them to school stuff. Piggys love to run and rabbits love to hop, they need adequate space to do those things they love on their own time.
But I've been in her position before, I understand how she feels. You go your whole time with this animal and think the animal is perfectly fine in their small cage. But it really isn't until you build the larger cage that you see the animal is happier and healthier in it's appropriately sized cage.
I don't exactly understand why the OP would have to please everyone else in the forum to own the rabbit, but I do understand what you are trying to say FishyFishy, haha. :P
Some people might think I was a bad guinea pig owner before my Guinea pig Toadie died due to "cage space requirements".
When I first got Toadie and Asher, they were in the same small cage at the shelter. I had a 3rd guinea pig (Noboz) She was scared of other gpigs and wouldn't associated with them. She simply just did not understand gpig body language so thought it was safer not to associate with them. Asher turned out to be aggressive to other gpigs when we brought her home. Toadie got along with every one, but BF and I decided the best thing to do would be to keep them in the same cage, but separate the cage so each pig had its own space. (The cage itself is large. it is almost 6ft long x 2ft wide. However, with each gpig having their own space each of them only got about 1 1/2 feet in length).
Even though they had such little space, they were all happy. They even ran around their spaces and did laps regularly, so they did get exercise.
Noboz died a few mos. after I got Asher and Toadie so the cage was split in half so each got about 2 1/2 ft. in length. Still I am sure to some that would be way too little, but it is actually a good amount of space. They both were very happy pigs up till the time Toadie passed away this past fall.
Asher has had the almost full 6 ft. for the past few mos. but even though I set up the cage so she has to walk back and forth sometimes to get food, her preference is to actually sit in one corner in a litter box all day (same as when she had a smaller space).
I wasn't about to re-home my guinea pigs just because they had a lack-of-space issue when I got them. I made a commitment to care for them the best I could and they were all just as content and happy in a smaller space as a larger one and I could provide for their needs in every way except for space. Shrugs. :P
I am going to get my textbooks today for school and run some errands. Waiting for Verizon to come by and check the backyard for electrical and other house lines before I can go.
Today will be a quiet, but good day I think :). I need one of those kindsa days.