Best Guinea Pig Cage -
A Complete Buying Guide

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Although when young they barely are the size of your palm, owning a guinea pig can be a handful at times.

However, before you get into learning the habits and behaviors of the guinea pig, it's important that you invest in a home for it that feels not only comfortable but also safe.

Having a habitat will protect it from any harm and secure its needs.

This guide can help you choose the best cage for your guinea pig.

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How to Choose the Best Guinea Pig Cage -
Things to Consider

The following are the essential features that you should consider to find the best cage for your guinea pig.

Size

How big does a guinea pig cage need to be? To be comfortable and happy, one guinea pig will need a minimum of 7.5 square feet of space. Generally speaking, 30" x 36" is a good size for a cage with one guinea pig.

If you have two guinea pigs, 7.5 square feet is minimum, but we would recommend having 10.5 square feet to make sure your pets have enough space to live a happy life. A cage that is 30" x 50" is a good size for two pets.

The running space should be rectangular or square and also have ramps and other interconnected platforms. This space should give the guinea pigs enough space to play around in.

Materials

A cage for a guinea pig should be made from strong, durable materials that can withstand the chewing nature of your pet. This is because guinea pigs like to chew on anything—to help their dental hygiene and simply to combat boredom.

Materials such as plastic or wood are ideal for the cage.

Just make sure that you buy a high-quality cage since cheaper and thinner plastic could potentially be chewed through.

The bars in the cage should be made of metal, so chewing through them won't be an option.

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Ventilation

Choose a guinea pig cage that has plenty of ventilation to allow proper airflow in and out of the cage.

If the cage is left untidy or without proper ventilation, your guinea pig may suffer from respiratory problems.

You should also make sure there is enough airflow in those part of the cage where your guinea pig can retreat to when they need time alone. Often these pets like their peace and quiet, and although they love their hideouts, you need to ensure there is always a good supply of fresh air.

Location

Even if you're living in a home with air conditioning, consider that artificial light or a room filled with sunlight can make the space increasingly hotter.

A suitable temperature to place the cage should be between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Extremes temperatures are not suitable for guinea pigs as they can get heatstroke and humid conditions can lead to mold development on their beddings and hay, which can cause illness.

Guinea pigs also have sensitive hearing, so their cages should not be placed near sources of noise such as a busy kitchen, near stereo systems or a television set.

Guinea pigs also like socializing, so placing them in a living room will satisfy their needs, and you can give them more attention—or a place near to other pets but still safe from them.

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Ease of Cleaning

The best cage for guinea pigs should last a lifetime, and that can be achieved by regularly cleaning it. If you take care of routine maintenance, the cage won't start to smell and become stained.

Choose a guinea pig cage that has a steel top, making it easy to clean and durable as well. A plastic, sturdy base pan is also easy to wipe down or wash with mild soap.

The top and bottom should be easily separated, and having a big opening on the top and side will give you easy access for daily upkeeping.

Accessibility

The cage that you purchase should also be easily accessible. 

It should have several platforms and double doors—especially if there is more than one guinea pig in the cage. 

 

The doors should be wide enough for you to easily switch out the water, clean the area, and feed and remove the guinea pigs. If you're placing the guinea cage outside, choose one that has lockable doors to help keep the guinea pig inside, safe from exterior dangers (like other animals!).

Hiding Spaces

Hiding spaces are important to help guinea pigs feel comfortable, and to have somewhere to go when they feel threatened.

Especially since guinea pigs are often considered prey and not predators, it's essential to their nature to feel safe burrowed in somewhere in or near their habitat.

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If you have more than one guinea pig, having hiding spaces for each one of them is essential since they may also need their own space separately from each other.

Portability

You should make sure the guinea pig cage you get is lightweight and can be easily picked up. This will help you move the cage for cleaning or if you want to take your pets outside on a warm and sunny day.

 

Cages with a plastic bottom and wired top are usually a perfect option if you want a portable cage. Large wooden hutches, on the other hand, are not as easily moved around.

 

You may also want to consider getting a smaller travel cage for taking your pet to the vet. You can always use a small cardboard box for such trips, but your guinea pig may feel more safe and comfortable in a travel cage that allows it to see its surroundings.

Levels

If you want, you can choose a cage that has several levels. If you plan on housing multiple guinea pigs, this can be a great feature, giving each guinea pig enough space to play around.

 

Ensure that the distances between each level are not too big to prevent your guinea pig from being injured if they fall. Also, make sure the ramps are wide enough, and the material is not slippery to avoid injury.

 

Having multiple levels is a great way to prevent boredom as it gives your pet more space for playing and moving around.

Bar Spacing

The bar spacing should be no more than 1 inch between the horizontal and/or vertical bars. This spacing is important if you're housing a baby guinea pig who is less than two or three months old since they can easily escape by squeezing through the bar space.

 

Too small of a bar space can also be dangerous, as your guinea pig may get trapped between the bars. By choosing a cage from a well-known manufacturer, you can be sure the spacing is suitable and safe for your pet.

Accessories –
What should Guinea Pigs have in their cages?

Here are a few accessories that guinea pigs should have in their cages:

 

1. Water bottle

Your guinea pig will, of course, need a water bottle to keep hydrated at all times.

You should choose an anti-drip bottle to keep the cage and bedding dry and your pet healthy and comfortable.

Having a small bowl of water inside the cage is not a good option, because the water can get contaminated and get spilled over. Instead, you should make sure to buy a water bottle that keeps the water clean, fresh, and readily available at all times. 

 

Some water bottles are designed to be attached from the outside of the cage so that the water can be easily changed every day. We recommend this type of bottle because it is the easiest option for any pet owner.

 

There are different sizes available, so pick one that fits the cage bar—and keep in mind, if you have more than one guinea pig, you'll need a bigger water bottle.

 

2. Hay dispenser

Having a hay dispenser is important to keep the hay you offer your guinea pig clean and dry.

If you place the hay on the bottom of the cage, it may get contaminated with urine, feces, and mold, causing it to become a health hazard for your pet.

The hay dispenser will keep the hay available for your guinea pig while also keeping it fresh.

 

3. Dish

Consider the weight of a food dish when buying one. 

Guinea pigs will easily tip over a lighter food dish.


If the dish is made of ceramic—although it's more expensive, it's much heavier than plastic—and much more durable.

 

4. Chew treats

These are the treats that guinea pigs love to chew on for entertainment and to keep their teeth healthy.

There are an array of different kinds to choose from. Depending on the age of your guinea pig, speak with your vet about the right type of treats.

 

How to Clean a Guinea Pig Cage

The following are the steps that you can follow to clean your guinea pig's cage:

1. First, take your guinea pig outside of the cage gently to prevent them from hurting themselves since they can be nervous. Place them in a sheltered (and roped off) area or a preferred place with less noise.

2. Before cleaning their cage, clean and brush their hair first.

3. Now, remove the bedding and all remaining food and waste. You can use a mild detergent to wash the cage, but remember to rinse it carefully with hot water to prevent your pet from being exposed to chemicals.

4. Dry the cage using a paper towel or let it air dry if you have enough time. This is an important step because a wet surface can lead to mold build-up, which can affect the health of your guinea pigs.

5. Refill their bowl with water and food. Place fresh nuggets and hay in the cage.

6. To make sure that their surroundings are hygienic, clean the floor where the cage is kept and its surrounding area.

7. Repeat this cleaning process once a week.

FAQs about Cages for Guinea Pigs

Before you choose a cage to buy, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:

How to reduce the smell of a guinea pig cage?

A good amount of ventilation flowing through the cage will enable fresh air to flow—which can help reduce the smell. Also, remove any wet beddings and clean the cage once every week. This weekly maintenance can also help remove smells from natural, everyday problems.

Do I have to get two guinea pigs?

It is not necessary but strongly advised. This is because guinea pigs are social animals and like having a company to play with. 

 

However, there are things to consider if you decided to buy a pal for your pig (guinea, that is). 


You want to avoid buying two male guinea pigs because they will fight for territory unless one is neutered. Getting a male and a female is also not advised because you will end up having lots of baby guinea pigs—unless they are also neutered or spayed.

 

Ideally, two females are preferred—or you can arrange to have two neutered males. 

 

Do guinea pigs need a wheel?

No, they don't. Exercise wheels can actually be dangerous for smaller guinea pigs since they can easily be injured. However, if you want your guinea pig to exercise, buy a larger cage which has enough space for it to run around. 

Do guinea pigs need human interaction?

Yes, it is important to remove the guinea pigs from their cage at a specific time every day so that you can pet and groom them. This will also contribute to their mental health by keeping them happy.

Do guinea pig cages need a top?

Guinea pigs do not jump like other animals such as rabbits or rats; therefore, you do not necessarily need a top for the cage. If you do place your cage outdoors, however, you'll definitely want to consider it since other predator animals which may be a danger to your guinea pigs.

Where should I put my guinea pig cage?

Your guinea pig cage should be located in one of the quietest rooms in the house, with an environment that is set at the correct temperatures for your guinea pigs. It should not be too hot, too cold or humid—which can cause your guinea pig to become ill.

 

However, guinea pigs are social animals, and they don't want to feel totally isolated. A quiet area that allows some contact with people is perfect.

What does a guinea pig need in its cage?

As we mentioned earlier, a guinea pig needs to have a water bottle, food dispenser, and chew treats to keep them entertained and to live a healthy life. You can add extra toys—but make sure that it still has room to play and move around.

Can guinea pigs live in multi-level cages?

Some cages are multi-level with a ramp connecting the levels. If you have a multi-level cage, make sure that the ramps are wide enough and the material has enough friction to avoid injury by slipping. Otherwise, guinea pigs will love a cage with multiple levels as it gives them more space to play around and keeps them entertained.

Can you potty train a guinea pig?

Yes, it is possible to potty train your guinea pig, but it may take a while. To train your pet, you need a litter pan in the cage. Change the bedding and leave some of the used bedding on the litter pan. The smell of urine and feces will lead your guinea pig into using that area as their toilet.

Can 3 guinea pigs live together?

Guinea pigs are social animals, and three guinea pigs can definitely live together. Just make sure you have three females as having two or more males may lead to territorial fights unless they are neutered, and having males and females mixed together will quickly lead to more guinea pigs.

If you want to have three guinea pigs, buy a large enough cage for them and ensure there is fresh water available for them at all times. 

What do you put on the bottom of a guinea pig's cage?

There are different types of beddings that you can put on the bottom of the cage. You can either use commercially manufactured bedding, wood shaving bedding, or shredded paper bedding. Before you invest in one of these types, consider the various factors—like odor and dust—do you research or ask your vet for advice.

Do guinea pigs like to be held?

Over time, guinea pigs become tamer and will get used to you and your touch. However, when they come into your home, they might not like being held too often. You should know the right way to handle them to keep them happy and safe.

We hope that this article has helped you pick out the best cage for your guinea pig or pigs. Please keep the tips in mind as you make your choice.

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