Guinea Pigs love to live in groups so much that people prefer to pet more than two guinea pigs. It is not recommended to have a plastic, or glass, or wired enclosure for guinea pigs. Use an enclosure that is made from cubes and coroplast, a corrugated plastic also known as C&C cages.
They solely depend on the flooring of the cage because they don’t climb. The top of the cage can be open but the length of the cage should be maximized because Guinea pigs are very active pets so they love to roam and explore their cages.
Size of the Cage
As said they love to live in groups and the cage should be also big so that they can play, exercise, and fight with their partners.
- One guinea pig – 7.5 square feet, or about 30”x 36”
- Two guinea pigs – 10.5 square feet (30” x 50”)
- Three guinea pigs – 13 square feet (30” x 62”)
- Four guinea pigs – 30” x 76”
Benefits of large enclosure
Believe it or not! But the enclosure size affects your Guinea pig’s health. With more space, your pet runs more and exercises more. It keeps them healthy and more active. If the enclosure space is less then they will be stressed, bored, and starts to act aggressively.
Better keep guinea pigs of the same sex together. The male guinea pigs(Boars) require more space than female Guinea pigs(sows). If you plan to keep a male and female Guinea pig together then they will definitely have a fight for their space in the enclosure so at that time selecting a larger enclosure will prevent them fight.
As said, less space makes your Guinea pig inactive. Due to that boredom, they will start to chew the cage or the accessories inside the cage which may affect your guinea pigs mentally and physically. Everyone wants their pet to be happy in this case if you want your Guinea pig to be happy provide them as much space you can.
What type of cage is suitable and where to buy it?
All the Guinea pig’s owners highly recommend buying C&C cages. It has an open top and meets all the requirements for your pet. You can even buy different types of cages online but most often they end up being small and less spacious than expected.
It is better if you buy a cage from a pet shop where you can see the cage and also can analyze your requirements. C&C cages not only meet our requirements but also they are cheap. C&C Meets requirements, cheap & happy pet!! Bingo!! what else you can expect!!
Tips for Choosing a Good Guinea pig C&C Cage
- Bar spacing: Guinea Pig are small creatures who can wriggle their way into small holes. If you choose a wire cage for your Guinea Pig pets, you need to make sure that the bar space should not be more than 1.2 centimeters (0.5 inches).
- Cage floor: Remember that the cage floor should not be made up of wire mesh. If you still choose the wire mesh floor cage, your Guinea Pig may get injured while running inside the cage. Place bedding on the wire mesh floor or create a solid platform, or use a cage mat made of soft material.
- Secure the cage doors: Guinea Pig run quite fast, so an insecure door will be a good chance for them to escape. Children may often become curious and would want to hold the Guinea Pig. Closely monitor when your children decide to handle them, but still, ensure that the locks you have are secure.
- Double doors: The double door caged makes it easier for you to clean and feed your Guinea Pig.
Accessories for the cage
Your Guinea pig’s cage must contain accessories that keep your pet happy, healthy, and entertained. A cage without any accessories will make them feel bored, sad, and they cannot live a happy life. Here are some accessories that you should include inside their cage:
Guinea pigs do not need much water, but this does not mean they do not need water at all. You need to provide them a stoppered water bottle that can be attached to the side of the cage.
Provide the food dish for your Guinea pig. Heavy ceramic bowls are the best way to supply your pets with food since they can’t be chewed and is difficult for them to spill.
It is better to provide your Guinea pig with fine bedding. Their bedding should be a few inches above the bottom of the cage. Your pets use the bedding to burrow, dig, and build nests.
Their beddings are available in many varieties. They are made up of recycled paper, wood, and corncob work well. Do not provide your Guinea pig with pine or cedar; these will harm your pets. Clean their bedding once a week.
Guinea pigs chew a lot. Provide them a cardboard or chew toys to chew on. Chewing is necessary for a Guinea pig to prevent their teeth from growing too much.
You can provide the leftover paper towel and toilet paper rolls – this is the easiest way to supply your pets with something to chew on. Be careful! Do not use egg cartons or wax-coated cardboard. They could make your pets ill.
Create a small hiding area, or provide them a small nesting box in their cage. This will make your Guinea pig happy. You can also place some unscented toilet paper in the cage to use as nesting material. This will help to create a place to sleep.
Enrichment is nothing but adding all the important accessories into the Guinea pig’s cage. Guinea pigs love to play, burrow, climb, and explore. So, add tunnels, tubes, branches, ramps, and an exercise wheel inside the cage. Toys keep them happy. Changing them weekly will keep your Guinea pig excited.
Location for the Cage
- The first factor you should keep in mind is the temperature. You should place the cage in a room when the temperature is between 65-75oF.
- The cage should not be in the kitchen or near any fireplace nor in a direct sunlight room. Also Don’t put them in an unattended, chilly room or above from surface.
- Keep the cage away from damp regions where the humidity can be high. It is because the cage would have hay all the time and it absorbs the water and also serves as a medium for bacterial culture.
- Guinea Pigs are social creatures they love humans so it is better to place the cage in a room where there will be foot traffic like a living room where they can also watch Tv and chill. But make sure you have a hide-out space in the cage so that when they feel stressed or don’t want any interaction or noise they can retreat to that space.
- If you are placing the cage in a living room make sure that you are not placing the cage nearer to a TV, radio, or any stereos. Guinea Pigs are sensitive to noise and it really stresses them out.
- If you have any other pet like a cat make sure your pet can’t reach the cage and hurt your guinea pig. If you have toddlers then keep the cage in a room your kid can’t reach and disturb them.
- Don’t keep your Guinea Pigs outdoor because too much temperature can affect their body. Allow them to play with necessary safety precautions in your garden on a moderately sunny day.
Cleaning the cage
Make sure to deep clean their enclosure twice a month and/or whenever necessary. As a first step, remove all the accessories and clean them with warm, soapy water. If they smell soapy, take a towel and rub them softly. Ensure the cage and its accessories are dry before placing them back in.
Do not over clean the cage; this stresses your Guinea pig since they think you are ruining their home again, clean only when necessary. Never use any harmful detergents or high PH soaps. Always use neutral ones.
However, you have to daily spot clean their cage by changing their bedding, removing the uneaten food, and spot clean using damp clothes.
Guinea pigs need a cage that is suitable for them, as well as place them at a proper location. Maintain cleanliness in their cage, so they remain healthy.