Are you thinking about getting a guinea pig for your enjoyment? You’re not alone. Those little guys bring hours of enjoyment to their owners. If you do get one, you’ll want to be sure to get the perfect cage for him so that he can have a healthy, happy life. Of course, you’ll also want cleanup and feeding to be a snap.
Cages that are used to house guinea pigs quite often work equally well for rabbits and other small animals, which has resulted in a large selection of cages being put on the market. Fortunately, we have done the leg-work for you and have created a short-list of five cages that we feel are among the best ones currently on the market.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Guinea Pig Cage
Your new guinea pig will need a lot of living space to play and do all of his business in. In fact, breeders and veterinarians recommend that owners give them eight square feet of living space.
For his health, you will need to keep his living space clean and dry. A cage that separates the eating and drinking area from the living area would help you to maintain a healthy living environment for him.
A guinea pig’s feet are sensitive, which makes it advisable to make the bottom of his cage comfortable. Canvas bottoms help, although you can make the bottom soft by what you put into it. If possible, you may also prefer any ramps that his cage has to have adequate traction so that he does not slip and fall.
If your little friend’s cage will be outside where predators are likely to be in the neighborhood, you will want his cage to provide adequate protection. The same goes for indoor situations where another pet poses a threat. Some cages have gaping openings in the roof area, which would not be safe for these situations. A mesh would add security and a hutch would provide your guinea pig with a safe hiding area that cannot be clawed through.
Price is of concern to some people, so you’ll need to get the best cage that you can afford. Some cages can be added onto as one can afford to add sections. And, of course, some cages come with little extras such as a water bottle or food bowl.
Whichever cage you select, you’ll want it to have an easy-access feature so that you can clean the cage and give your little guy plenty of food and water.
Here are 5 Guinea Pig Cages Reviews
1. Guinea Habitat Plus Guinea Pig Cage by MidWest w/Top Panel
The Guinea Habitat Plus is a great starter cage. With its long and flat dimensions of 47L x 24W x 14H (7.83 square feet), this cage sufficiently provides the recommended eight square feet of living space that professionals suggest for guinea pigs. It also has mesh on the top for added protection from predators and is easily accessed. You get all of this for a great low price.
Add-ons are available that you can purchase as you get the money for them. These include a green canvas bottom and/or ramp cover that would feel good to your pig’s sensitive little feet. You could purchase a divider that includes a hinged ramp and locking doors that would help you to keep his living area clean by sectioning off the feeding area. A folding top panel is also available.
If you purchase all of the add-ons in addition to the cage, you would give your new family member everything that we listed on our checklist of desirables.
- Nearly eight square feet of space
- Extra safety feature (mesh)
- Long, flat cage with sharp corners
2. AmazonBasics Small Animal Habitat, Large
Being made of iron wire and hard plastic, the AmazonBasics Small Animal Habitat, Large cage is very strong and durable. However, it may not be the ideal cage because of the open-sided, odd-looking roof and its lack of adequate floor space.
If you have a predator-free place to put this cage, the open roof would not pose a threat to your pig’s safety, and having access to everything for cleaning, feeding, watering, and giving love to your pet would be easy with this one.
Measuring only 40.2L x 21.3W x 19.7H, this cage comes in at just 5.95 square feet of space, which makes it about two square feet short of the ideal eight square feet of space. Being inexpensive, this appears to be a case of “you get what you pay for!”
- Gives about six square feet of space
- Constructed of iron wire upper and a PP plastic base
- Weighs 15.6 pounds
- A-framed roof
- Not predator-safe
3. Living World Deluxe Pet Habitat, X-Large: Rabbit Cage
The Living World Deluxe Pet Habitat, X-Large rabbit cage takes the prize in the design department for its sophisticated arched roof that hinges, providing full access to the inside of the cage. With dimensions of 46 8/9L x 22 4/5W x 24H, the X-large version of this cage provides your pig with 7.15 square feet of space. This cage would also keep your little friend adequately safe from predators.
This Living World Deluxe Pet Habitat comes with a secured feeding bowl in the elevated feeding area and a secured water bottle on the main floor. Like most cages, no canvas bottom is available for this cage to protect your pig’s little feet. The price for this X-large size is higher than the other options. Smaller versions of this cage are available for less money: standard size and large size.
- Over seven square feet of space
- Exceptionally easy access for cleaning
- Secured feeding bowl
- Tri-level floor plan with ramp
- Sleek appearance with an arched roof
4. Petsfit Rabbit Hutch Grey, Guinea Pigs Cage, Bunny Hutch Wood for Indoor Use
This smart-looking, classic little grey and white painted cage and hutch assembly sits up off of the floor on legs. The main drawback of the Petsfit Rabbit Hutch/Guinea Pigs Cage is that with measurements of 36L x 20W x 30H, it only gives your little friend five square feet of space.
It is also meant for indoor use. This cage-hutch combo would be useful in a house or apartment where there is little space. Your guinea pig would appreciate having the wood hutch to retreat into whenever he feels cold or threatened by another house pet or small children. Its pull-out tray and easy-access roof make this cage easy to clean.
- Only five square feet of space
- Easy to clean, with an entire roof that opens and a pull-out tray bottom
- Indoor-use cage
- Smart-looking in appearance, painted grey with white trim in water-based paint, featuring a wood hutch, and sitting on legs
- Easy assembly, with pre-drilled holes, but requires attention when connecting the pneumatic stay bar
5. MidWest Homes for Pets Deluxe Rabbit & Guinea Pig Cage, X-Large, White & Red
Like the Guinea Habitat Plus, the Deluxe Rabbit & Guinea Pig Cage, X-Large, White and Red is a tri-level dwelling that is designed as a long, flat safe cage that gives a guinea pig nearly eight square feet of space while giving you easy access to the inside from the top and the side.
Unlike the other cage, this one has rounded corners and a beautiful red and white plastic bottom that is 5.5” deep. This one gives you a bonus hay feeder, water bottle, and feeding bowl, but no canvas bottom or other add-ons are available with this one. However, as if its 47.16L x 23.62W x 19.68H (7.73 square feet) weren’t enough space, a hutch extension can be purchased.
- Wood hutch extensions available
- Provides nearly eight square space before adding an extension
- Easy access from the top and the side
- Bonus hay feeder, water bottle, and feeding bowl
- Tri-level floor plan in a long, flat cage with a red and white plastic bottom
How to Care for a Guinea Pig
Your new guinea pig will require a lot of effort to provide a good home for him. If you are prepared to give him a clean, safe, and well-stocked cage, proper grooming, veterinary care, and a lot of human interaction, you will make a great caretaker for him.
The bottom of your pet’s cage should be solid, with a minimum size of 24”L x 12”W. Guinea pigs need a lot of space, though, and eight square feet would give your new pet adequate space to exercise and do all of his business. A canvas liner would feel good on his feet, if it is possible to get one for the cage you have. Your little guy will also need a “hide house,” which can either be a hutch or a simple small flower pot.
Their sleeping area needs to be filled with pine, aspen, or recycled paper. Do not put cedar in there, however, because it is toxic to guinea pigs. Your little friend will also need a hay rack that is filled with oat grass, orchard grass, or timothy hay. You should provide your guinea pig with a food bowl that cannot be tipped over and a water bottle.
Well, those are our top five picks for guinea pig cages. Not all of them meet all of our predetermined qualifications for an optimal cage. Yet all of them have some great features that set them apart from the plethora of cages that are on the market. Only you know how your home is set up, the other animals that live with you, and other factors that may affect which cage you will need for your new family member. Hopefully, you will find these cages to be among the best on the market, as we did, and will purchase one.