Do you want to have a really happy guinea pig? One way to make sure of this is to make sure your guinea pig has a nice clean home to live in, and that he has plenty of room run around!
As a general rule guinea pig cages should be as big as your available space and your budget will allow. You don’t need to go overboard, but it is better to give your guinea pig more room than he needs than to give him less room than he needs if you want him to stay healthy and happy. As a guideline, guinea pig cages should be between seven and eight square feet if you have just one guinea pig, and between ten and eleven square feet if you have two guinea pigs. For each additional guinea pig in the cage you will need between two and three additional square feet of living space. If that sounds like a lot just remember that guinea pigs need room to run around and get exercise, and the more exercise a guinea pig gets, the happier he’s going to be. Without adequate exercise your pet will get fat, and overweight guinea pigs are more likely to develop health problems, and you don’t want that to happen. If your guinea pig is lucky enough to have a 2-story home remember that additional levels should not be counted in providing the minimum square footage.
It shouldn’t be too difficult to find good quality guinea pig cages at your local pet store. If you can’t find a cage that is big enough you should consider making your own. It won’t take you very long, and it can be very rewarding. Not only because you’ll have a cage that your guinea pig really loves, but because it will very likely outshine most guinea pigs cages sold in pet shops or online.
Guinea pigs should be housed in cages made of wire rather than glass enclosures because cages provide much better ventilation for your pet, and if a glass enclosure breaks it could cut your guinea pig. Wood cages are easily chewed through and so are not a good choice for your guinea pig cage.
Guinea pig cages should never have bottoms that are made of wire mesh. Wire floors are hard on your guinea pigs’ feet and can trap your pet’s toes and legs. Wire can also corrode so it is not so popular among pet owners. The best type of floor for your guinea pigs cage is a solid plastic bottom which is the most common that you will find at pet stores. The cages must also be free from all sharp edges and should be secure enough to prevent the guinea pigs from escaping. A convenient feature that makes cleaning guinea pig cages a lot easier is a slide-out tray type bottom – this should be on your list of must-haves for a cage. A big cage door is also a good addition to a guinea pig’s cage so that you have plenty of room to get your hand in to pet, love, and pick up your guinea pig.
The final tip I want to pass on is to be mindful of where you keep your guinea pigs cage. Because guinea pigs are susceptible to upper respiratory infections you should avoid keeping your pet’s cage in any high-humidity locations like a laundry room, and bathrooms with showers and baths should also be avoided.
Remember, keep your guinea pig happy – he depends on you!