5 Best Choices For Guinea Pig Cages: Something You Must Know As Their Owner


If you require a guinea pig hutch, there are a few things to think about when setting up your new pet’s home. Following these guidelines should result in a happy home for your piggies and a lot of fun for you and your family. Because the cold weather in most areas of the country makes keeping your guinea pigs outside problematic, this post will focus on indoor housing for them.

Indoor housing is best served by a wire mesh structure. The air movement will keep the cage dry and odor-free, and your animals will benefit from the fresh air. The usage of a big fish aquarium, such as that used for hamsters, is not recommended for guinea pigs.

The bottom of the hutch should not be wire mesh however since the mesh could injure their feet. A good solid floor is desirable but wood is not the best choice. Wood will absorb urine and cause odors and unsanitary health conditions for your pets. Plastic material is best for the floor since it won’t absorb odors and can be washed. If the floor can be easily removed for cleaning this is a plus.

Since guinea pigs do not climb or jump very much guinea pig hutches with no top are practical. A cage with no top is cheaper and allows you to own a larger cage for your money.

You can build a guinea pig hutch out of cubes and coroplast if you wish. You can build it as large as you like and it is easy to maintain and clean. Here are some simple guinea pig hutch plans. This type of cage is made from commonly available storage materials and is simple to construct.

Coroplast is very similar in construction to the cardboard used in cardboard boxes but is made of plastic instead of paper. Cubes are simply wire shelving in fourteen-inch sections, which can be connected together. This wire shelving is stood on its edge and is connected together to form a fence around the area where the pigs will be kept. If you want a larger cage just buy more shelving.

The coroplast can then be cut and formed into a tray with sides on it that will fit just inside the fence perimeter. The tray can then be lifted out for cleaning. Make your guinea pigs’ hutch large enough to allow them to run a bit. If you are planning one animal a hutch with a floor area of seven or eight square feet is good. For two pigs you will need at least ten or eleven square feet. A hutch for one pig could measure 2 1/2 by 3 feet and a hutch for two could measure 3 1/2 by 3 feet.

Providing them with a little privacy is also important. If they are feeling a little stressed or just want to take a nap they need a place to go. A small box or container with a hole cut in it can suffice very well without spending any money. Your piggies will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Guinea pigs need to be kept active. They are also great fun and making a cage with challenges for them is a huge part of it. To choose a cage, a few things need to be considered:

Indoor Or Outdoor

 Really a matter of preference and/or part of the size consideration but outdoor ones have to be more robust and secure. Also, a new guinea may have been used to being indoors so may need some acclimatization indoors before being housed outside.

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Size, Closed Or Open Top 

As with many pet enclosures, a simple rule applies, “the larger the better”. This is true for both the floor area but also to the degree of height. If closed at the top, then more tiers can be included, while if open the walls have to be “non-climbable” and more objects will be needed inside but not so close to the sides that they can act as jump-off ramps if the guinea is that way inclined.

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Expansion Plans

If you’re interested in guinea pigs mating & breeding or planning to have more than one furry friend then the ability to expand the cage might be a consideration. Families can be housed, but competing males, if you can manage them, will require more space. Cages of the grid variety that can be clipped strongly together are designed for this purpose, and as added insurance, a good stock of cable ties or suitable clips should be purchased. Of course, open tops aren’t a good choice if Tiddles the cat can get in…

Material

Both metal wire and plastic types of cages are available, but choosing wire an appropriate plastic-coated version is advisable as guineas like to chew, and again the plastic coating won’t do them any good at all if they can bite off and swallow it. The same considerations apply to toys and tunnels etc but usually, these are of the right material when bought from any reputable supplier.

Toys And Interior Components 

The fun bit! Again the best material for ramps and floors etc is plastic, both for the safety of your pet and because generally, it is easier to clean.

Enjoy the ensuing fun!

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