What type of guinea pig cage should you choose?

 

There are several types of cages destined for guinea pigs, and that’s why new cavy owners can get a bit confused as to which they should choose. From my experience, there are four kinds you can select. Keep in mind that offering the right amount of space to your pet is essential. Besides, guinea pigs are social pets, which is why I personally recommend getting two right off the bat. They can keep each other company and have a lot of fun, especially if they come from the same family and are used to each other.

Various prospective buyers might tend to think that some good cages for guinea pigs are, in fact, aquariums. It couldn’t be further from the truth. In actuality, there are many downsides to using an aquarium for your cavy, and one of them is that the pet will not benefit from proper ventilation. Besides, housing two cavies in an aquarium is a tedious business, because things might get a bit too crowded.

You can always choose a typical cage, and that’s all right. However, you need to make sure that it meets the minimum recommended size of at least 10.5 square feet per pair. One of the essential factors you need to pay attention to when you’re in the market for such a product is that it shouldn’t come with a bottom made from wire. The feet of a guinea pig are particularly sensitive, so you have to ensure that he or she is comfortable in this respect.

 

Homemade cages are another option. Of course, you might have a bit of trouble putting them together, especially if you like to keep everything tidy and clean. Something that I would recommend is to change the bedding every two days or so because otherwise you risk endangering the health of your pet.

If you buy the cage, you need to ensure that it comes with a decent number of accessories. You will need extras for water and food, but your pets will also require some toys. Even in this case, you can make your own. You’re probably aware of the fact that guinea pigs are rodents, which is to say that their front teeth grow continuously. That is why it is a good idea to opt for toys made from wood and other natural components that cannot pose a risk to the safety and health of your cavy. Some of these can be a pleasure to gnaw on.

Keeping your guinea pig healthy and happy is easy, as long as you take the time to do a bit of research on your own. There are many online forums that you can check out. Many owners deal with various ailments naturally, so you should keep tabs on what’s happening on Facebook groups destined for guinea pig parents like yourself.

How to make sure you get the right hutch or cage for your guinea pig

 

One thing people might not be able to tell about guinea pigs when looking at them for the first time is that while they may seem slow and uninterested in running around or any other type of vigorous exercise, they need plenty of space to move around.

Guinea pigs need enough room to walk around, just like other pets. It’s good for their health, and it also makes them happy. Buy a cage or a hutch that is too small, and you will have the unpleasant surprise to realize that your guinea pig begins feeling lethargic and downright repressed.

That is why I want to focus, in this post, on the importance of getting the right hutch or cage for your little furry friend. By following the next guidelines, you will be able to ensure a proper living space for your pet, and you will be a happy owner, as well.

 

 

Cages and hutches

A hutch is a type of outdoor cage for guinea pigs that can be placed in a shed or a garage. If you have enough space, and you don’t have to worry about predators reaching for the guinea pig inside the hutch, or you don’t use your garage for your vehicle anymore (since fuel fumes can seriously affect your pet’s health), a hutch is the ideal answer.

A cage, however, can be brought inside. While it may not be as comfortable as a hutch, as the latter is usually larger than an ordinary cage, it offers you peace of mind, since you will know your pet is well taken care of in inclement weather, and safe from predators and other factors that may affect its well-being.

 

Measurements

I cannot insist more on the importance of providing your pet with enough living space. You may hear that 2.5 square feet are more than sufficient for a guinea pig, but it is thrice this size that allows this little critter to lead a comfortable, happy life. People who think that such aspects are not important should be aware of the fact that they may end up cutting several years from your guinea pig’s lifespan with just such an easy overlook.

Be aware that pet cages sold in specialized stores are aimed at baby guinea pigs, and an adult guinea pig has different requirements. Try getting a better one by asking directly for a cage that will house an adult guinea pig successfully.

 

 

Placing the cage

One of the most important things to keep in mind when you buy a cage is that you will have to set it someplace where it can get plenty of natural light. Also, bear in mind that guinea pigs are sociable animals and they would like to be in an area that is often passed by. Take advantage and pet your little friend as often as you can.

 

 

 

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