Choosing a Guinea Pig Cage

Did you know that March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month? Guinea pigs—also known as cavies—make absolutely wonderful little pets, in part because they are such easy keepers. Providing your little furball with good food; safe, suitable toys; and a clean, comfy cage will go a long way towards keeping your pint-sized pal happy and healthy. But how do you make sure your pet is comfortable and safe in his little home? In this article, a Marietta, GA vet discusses Guinea pig cages.

Size

Guinea pigs are very active and playful, so you’ll need to make sure your pet has plenty of room to run and play. For one cavy, we recommend getting a cage that offers at least 7.5 feet of space. If you get more than one furball, you’ll need an even bigger cage. Of course, when it comes to pet habitats, bigger is always better, so get the biggest cage you have room for. One way to give your furry pal more room without taking up extra space in your home is to get a cage with two or even three stories. Pick one that has a ramp for safe access to the upper levels.

Material

When picking a cage, choose one with great ventilation, such as a mesh cage. Just make sure there are no wires poking out. Pick a cage with a solid bottom, as wire floors can hurt your little furball’s tiny paws.

Bedding

Once you have your Guinea pig’s cage picked out, you’ll need to add a suitable substrate. Aspen is fine. You can also use paper-based products. Fleece blankets are another good option. Avoid pine and cedar substrates, as they are toxic to small animals. Ask your vet for more information.

Accessories

Your adorable little friend will need food dishes, a water bottle, and at least one hidey-hole. Cavies also love cozy little pet tents. If you like, you can also add a litterbox and/or hayrack.

Toys

Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items can make great cavy toys. Just make sure they don’t have small parts, dangling threads, or sharp edges. You also want to avoid items that have been coated or decorated with paint, varnish, glitter, dye, or other potentially-dangerous substances. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about Guinea pig care? Contact us, your Marietta, GA veterinary hospital, today!