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.
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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
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
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
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 22W 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
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
- Measurements: 40’’ x 20’’ x 20’’
- Entire cage can come off so that the tray can be cleaned
- Front door is 5 inches around
Ware’s guinea pig cage is very simple in its construction and its overall look. It’s design is a simple cage that goes on top of a tray, which can be easily removed by flipping the tabs on the sides. This makes Ware’s guinea pig cage very easy to clean, and even easier to let animals out if you do not wish to use the door.
The door to ware’s guinea pig cage is also much larger than doors on most other guinea pig cages, being five inches around. This makes it possible to clean even if you do not feel like removing the top of the cage.
Because they are designed for small animals in general and not just guinea pigs, most guinea pig cages contain accessories; ramps, shelves, and multiple doors are all very common accessories that usually come with cages like this. This is not the case with Ware’s cage, and that can be an issue for anyone who does not have accessories on hand.
Another concern when it comes to Ware’s guinea pig cage has to do with its measurements. It is only 20 inches high but 40 inches long, which can limit what kind of animals you want to house inside of it. Ware’s cage seems to be designed for guinea pigs and guinea pigs only.
- Includes the following accessories: Hay feeder, water bottle, food bowl
- Contains a small crevasse on the base that animals can crawl into
- Front door is the entire width of the cage
Accessories will not be an issue when it comes to Ferplast’s guinea pig cage, which is a very good thing about it. The fact that it comes with its own hay feeder, water bottle, and food bowl means that you will not need to worry about going out and getting those accessories if you do not have them on hand. Another very nice addition to Ferplast’s cage is that it has a small “home” that animals can crawl into when they are in the cage. It is located at the base of the cage.
The way the door to this cage is constructed is very impressive. Most doors to these cages are only a couple of inches around or are just big enough for animals in them to walk in and out of them. This is not the case with Ferplast’s guinea pig cage, where the entire front panel is the door. Cleaning the cage is much easier because of this.
The only real issue with Ferplast’s cage is that the bars are not as strong as they could or should be. They are made of wire mesh, which works well for a guinea pig, but not so great for any kind of animal who has a habit of chewing through these bars.
It also does not open from the top. The only way to clean the cage or remove any animals from it is to use the door and hold it open. While this is easy to do because the door is the entire front panel of the cage, it can be a minor inconvenience.
- Comes with the following accessories: food bowl, water bottle
- Three doors; two open from the top of the cage and one door in the front
- Contains a habitat crevasse
Living World’s cage comes with two major accessories that are necessary for keeping a guinea pig or any other small animal that is designed to stay in a cage like this: A food bowl and a water bottle. The food bowl connects and locks on to the “balcony” of the cage, and the water bottle can be placed anywhere on the cage. These are two useful additions that make keeping small pets much easier.
Most cages like this contain either one door in the front with the entire cage being able to be removed easily, or they contain two doors from different sides of the cage. Living World’s cage contains three doors, two that open from the top and one that opens from the front. It is also able to be removed if a little more cleaning is necessary. This makes cleaning or removing animals from the cage a lot easier than usual.
This particular cage seems to only really be designed for one animal and one animal only. That is because while it over 45 inches long, it is only 20 or so inches wide and only about 22 inches tall. It is unfortunate that Living World’s cage has such measurements, because it would be a very effective cage for multiple pets if it were just a little bit wider.
- Two doors: One in the front and one on top
- Contains a ramp and second level platform
- Cage snaps onto plastic base
- Plastic components are brown in color
A lot of guinea pig cages look pretty unappealing. If they are not all one color, they are usually some boring combination of black and white, or black and gray. This is not the case with the Dream animal habitat. The plastic parts of the cage are brown in color, which, when combined with the sawdust inside, make it look like the animal inside is part of an outside environment compared to the usual white or gray models.
The ramp and second level platform is also a welcome addition that is not common in most guinea pig cages. This makes it possible to not only have guinea pigs inside of this cage, but also ferrets or rats as well, since they can climb up the ramp to that second level platform.
The Dream animal habitat’s cage portion is not made of the most durable material, being made of reinforced wire mesh. This can easily be chewed through, and can be a hazard as animals can chew their way out of this cage. The fact that it snaps onto the plastic base so easily does not speak well to its durability at all.
Another thing that could be improved about the Dream are the doors. There are doors on the front and the top, which is common, but neither of these doors are very large, and this can be a problem when cleaning. In many cases, in order to clean this particular cage, it will be necessary to remove the cage itself.
- One door in the front, comes with chew proof latches
- Comes with the following accessories: Food dish, water bottle, sample of guinea pig food, and bedding
- Cage snaps onto the base
If you are looking for a cage that is specifically for a guinea pig, Kaytee presents a very good solution with their cage. They do this by offering all kinds of accessories with their cage. Even including a sample of guinea pig food, Kaytee’s cage is perfect for anybody who does not have an idea of what kind of accessories or food that is needed for their new guinea pig.
Accessories notwithstanding, Kaytee’s cage is a very “plain” cage. It only has one door, which is on the front of the cage. Compared to other cages like this which have more than one door, with many of their doors opening from the top, this model appears very outdated and there are much better models.
While it is nice that the latches are chew proof, chew proof latches are an industry standard of sorts when it comes to guinea pig cages. The bars of Kaytee’s cage are made of wire mesh, which are slightly metal reinforced. This does not make the cage too durable, and if you have a guinea pig or any other small animal that is very active, this could present a problem when it comes to animals escaping the cage.
Guniea Pig Cage Buying Guide
Simply put, guinea pigs tend to be much larger than other rodents that are typically kept as pets such as hamsters or mice.
Therefore, they will require more living space and generally a large, spacious area where they can run, hide, climb, and do other cheeky things guinea pigs tend to do. So, if you want your guinea pig to be happy and healthy, the first step is to give it a large living space!
Remember, rodent pets don’t need a tank.
What they need is a cage with plenty of open spaces for ventilation and optimal air flow. The worst thing you can do to your beloved furry pet would be to keep it cooped up in a stuffy place with stale air and little to no ventilation.
This is especially important to pay attention to if you’re keeping your pet indoors. (Which is the case with most guinea pig owners, really.)
The fact that your guinea pig needs a large cage also means that cage will need to have multiple openings to keep it well accessible.
This is important for several reasons. First and foremost, it’s essential you are able to simply grab your pet in case of an emergency. (A fire or a burglary, for example.) The thing is, it’s always easier to simply pick up your pet and carry it with you than carrying the entire cage.
On the other hand, cleaning the cage will be much easier if you have several access points. You won’t have to dismantle the whole thing every time you need to clear out the litter tray!
This one may appear to go without saying, but it’s important we mention that the cage you’re buying needs to be durable.
Many guinea pig owners think that any cage will do because hey – what’s a guinea pig going to do to it? Smash it to pieces? Well, not necessarily, but guinea pigs are rodents, and rodents love to nibble on stuff.
So, if your guinea pig cage is made out of cheap plastic or wood, you can expect your little pet to sink its teeth into its own cage until it’s made a hole spacious enough for it to escape.
Besides, a tough and durable cage will last you for years to come, so you won’t have to worry about having to buy a new one.
As is the case with pretty much any pet, cleaning up their mess is a part of the deal you’re getting in. Aaaand guinea pigs are no different!
These little buggers will chew on anything, make a mess of their cage abode, and do so day in and day out. Therefore, when picking the cage for your guinea pig, go for a model with a smooth surface that can be easily cleaned.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) How Big of a Cage You Need For a Guinea Pig?
Generally speaking, guinea pigs will require larger cages than you may have anticipated.
For example, if you have a pair of guinea pigs, you’ll probably need something like 10 square feet of space to comfortably house both of them.
This would be the bare bones sort of minimum, and if you can get them a larger cage – even better! For every additional guinea pig, count in at least three more square feet.
So, the general rule would be – the more space the better, but 7 square feet would be the minimum for one, 10 for two, and so on.
2) Do I Have to Get Two Guinea Pigs?
Not necessarily, but it’s strongly advised.
As is the case with virtually all rodents, guinea pigs are strongly social animals and prefer having some company they can play with. In fact, many pet stores and rescue shelters will only sell a pair of guinea pigs, rather than just one.
There are some consideration factors, however. You should never buy two male guinea pigs because they will fight for territory. (Unless they’re related or at least one of them has been neutered.) On the other hand, you shouldn’t get a male and a female either, because you’ll end up with a hundred baby guinea pigs in no time.
Ideally, you should buy two females, or organize an arrangement of two neutered males or something.
3) Do Guinea Pigs Get Lonely
As we’ve stated above, guinea pigs are social animals, so yes, they can get lonely without someone to play with them.
While you, as the owner, can bond with your pet by playing with it, it’s a much better idea to simply buy a pair of these animals, so that they never get bored. (Or, at least, get bored a lot less frequently than in the case where’s only one guinea pig present in the cage.)
4) Do Guinea Pigs Know Their Owner?
It’s widely recognized that guinea pigs do, in fact, recognize their owners and gladly play with them whenever they get the chance.
Since they’re generally social animals, they will love to play with other creatures – especially if there are other guinea pigs in the vicinity.
That said, they will also play with the owner which can create a bond between the rodent in question and the owner!
5) Do Guinea Pigs Need a Wheel?
No, they don’t. And not only that – exercise wheels can be extremely dangerous for guinea pigs and even turn deadly!
The thing is, this exercising contraption can work well for mice, gerbils, and some smaller rodents. Since guinea pigs are bigger, their anatomy is not really well-suited for an exercise wheel. They can easily get injured and suffer potentially deadly back issues!
So, under no circumstances should you ever stick an exercise wheel or a ball in your guinea pig’s cage. If you want to ensure it will have plenty of exercise, simply buy a larger cage where it can run about.
6) Do Guinea Pigs Like to Cuddle?
It’d be safe to say that, out of all rodents that are kept as pets, guinea pigs seem to be the most ‘petable’. They’re not as restless as mice or gerbils and are willing to sit in your lap for much longer than the aforementioned creatures.
That said, you can pet them for hours on end. So, as long as you keep your lap sessions short and allow them to do their own things when they feel like it, you’ll be well-satisfied with the relationship you’ve built with them, so to speak!
7) Do Guinea Pigs Need Human Interaction?
Well, the short answer to this question would be – yes.
Guinea pigs will need their time out of the cage every single day, so it’s essential you let them out at a designated point in time during the day. This time can either be spend on petting, letting them explore the surroundings, or grooming them.
In order to have a healthy guinea pig, it’s very important you do this activity every day, because otherwise your guinea pig can become depressed.
8) What Does It Mean When a Guinea Pig Chirps?
Although the definitive answer to this question hasn’t been found yet, it’s commonly agreed that guinea pigs chirp when they enter an odd trans-like state of mind.
Another theory states that the chirping serves them to warn the rest of the herd of some imminent danger. Also, it’s been suggested that it can be interpreted as an expression of sadness or fear. (Some owners have reported to have heard their guinea pigs chirp after they’ve lost their cage buddy.)
9) How Can I Keep my Guinea Pig Warm?
There are several ways that you can provide warmth to your guinea pig.
First of all, you can cover the floor of the cage with old newspapers and some cloths such as towels, for example. You can also try using pet-friendly heating pads if it gets really cold.
Last but not least, making a mini cave for you guinea pig can be a great way to provide it with a place it can hide underneath when it gets cold.
How to Care for a Guinea Pig
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.
- 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.