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Firstly, let us define a run: A run is a place to put your pet, typically a rabbit or guinea pig, into for it to exercise. A run usually has a covered area, so that if it rains whilst your pet is inside, the pet can stay dry. Also, a run is usually bigger than the cage in which you keep your pet.
It is important that the run be secure, and this is achieved by strong wire mesh, good quality wood that has been coated to prevent it from rotting (this usually needs doing once a year), and good joints. These features are important because foxes may try to get into the run.
There are two types of runs- those that fold and those that do not fold. Runs that do not fold are slightly impractical. Runs that do fold are more practical because they are easier to trasnport and store. When you buy a run, if it folds, it is easier to get it into the car. When you want to put your pet back in the cage, it is easy to store the run if it folds, and it takes up les space this way.
Overall, a run is important for the health of your rabbit or guinea pig. A folding run makes life easier for the owner!
Last summer, for our youngest son's birthday we got two guinea pigs, Victor and Hugo. We bought a lovely hutch and as we would be keeping them outside, a friend of ours gave us a folding run. Brilliant. Two lovely baby pinny gigs froliking in the summer sun. It was a couple of hours later when we realised how much work it would be. No, not the caring for them as they are such wonderful loving creatures, but the trying to catch them in their run to put them back in their hutch. Having had a fox eating all the neighbourhood bunnies, we did not want to leave them alone outside, even for a few minutes, which meant catching them everytime we heard the chimes of the ice-cream van, or whilst walking the dog. The run we got had just one entry/access point - on the top at the end. This meant that every time the door was opened, the pigs would run to the other end to avoid capture. We tried climbing in - too low, lifting the end up and grabbing them - one escaped and we had to spend the entire morning quietly skulking about the garden to entice him from his new wild abode. This lasted about 2 months then we had had enough. If they wanted to run about, we brought them inside the house. Not ideal as they find the concept of toileting in one place a bit alien - but nonetheless, safer. I would strongly recommend that anyone buying a folding run for their pet buys one with a large access point and dont leave pets unattended for any amount of time. Foxes don't just live in the countryside and with the smell of a fresh live dinner, they just can't help themselves
WE invested in a folding run because as we were often away in the US, it was easy to fold and transport in my car to the friends who were looking after our piggies. It seemed a brilliant idea, and it was relatively sturdy and seemed safe....... Having invested in one, I now would never recommend them to anyone. Our folding run was the reason we lost 3 of our 4 beautiful guinea pigs to a fox/dogs. We came back one day to find that the run had been forced into by some creature, and 3 out of our 4 guineas were eaten. If there's the slightest chance you could get a fox or dogs in your garden, don't take the risk with one of these. Given enough determination and force, a large animal can break in and your pet doesn't stand a chance. We now have a big and incredibly strong run/hutch combination which cost a fortune, but which was worth every penny to protect our pets as much as we are able to do so...think hard about whether your pet/s will be safe before you invest in a run, and choose the safest, heaviest one possible if dogs and foxes could get into your garden.