There are a lot fewer options for guinea pig housing than rat housing. Most cages sold in pet stores are NOT appropriate for guinea pigs. DIY cages are much more suitable to keep your guinea pigs happy!
What to look for in a cage:
There are a few things to keep in mind when picking out your guinea pigs cage.
Floor space is the MOST IMPORTANT part of finding the best cage. I always recommend having at least 2 feet by 3 feet of floor space for a pair of guinea pigs. For every addition guinea pig you have, add 2 square feet of floor space.
2 guinea pigs = 6 square feet
3 guinea pigs = 8 square feet
4 guinea pigs = 10 square feet
While most bar spacing can hold in an adult guinea pig, if you plan on adopting babies make sure the bar spacing isn't bigger than 1" wide as you don't want any heads getting stuck!
Accessibility & Ease Of CLeaning
Guinea pigs are not usually climbers (although there are exceptions), so most cages without tops are fine as long as you don't have other pets who will be trying to get into the cage with them! Cages with large open tops can make getting your guinea pigs out and cleaning the cage easier.
Safety is the most important part of your cage for guinea pigs! Guinea pigs are not climbers and suffering a fall in their cage can seriously injure their short limbs and fragile back.
If your cage features ramps or a second level, it is important to make sure your guinea pigs can not fall! securing the edge with solid plastic or a wire grid can make these things safe for your guinea pig. If you have questions about this, send us an email and we'll be happy to help keep your guinea pigs safe!
Price really depends on your personal budget. Luckily there are very affordable options available for guinea pigs!
Personal Favorite Cages for Guinea Pigs:
C&C stands for cubes and chloroplast. These cages are great because they can be made to be exactly the size you need. You can build these yourself at home or can be ordered online preprepared for easy assembly!
Things to avoid in cages:
-Bar spacing larger than 1"
-Cages that can't provide adequate space or ventilation
If you have questions about a certain cage please feel free to contact us any time! We are happy to answer questions and give advice!