Choosing a cage
When choosing a cage, make sure that you offer enough space for your guinea pigs. The majority of cages sold at stores are far too small for guinea pigs to be housed comfortably. The Humane Society of the United States recommends at least 7.5 square feet for a maximum of two guinea pigs - see link here. You can check out many home made cage designs, or buy a premade one to call your guinea pig's home. At the rescue we use different types of cages including canvas bottom, hard bottom, and C&C grid cages.
*Guinea pigs should always be housed inside away from the cold, drafts and damp areas. Guinea pigs are not designed to withstand cold climates. Guinea pigs should always be housed on a solid bottom surface to prevent damage to their feet.*
A great canvas bottom cage is the Midwest XL. It's collapsible and the canvas is easy to clean. The bars are close together to prevent piggies from getting stuck and they can also be connected to build an even bigger cage.
Hardbottom cages are also great, which include the Wabbitat and Living World XL. The bottoms are made of hard plastic so they can be easily cleaned and maneuvered around.
C&C grid cages are a great family bonding time. You can build all sorts of rooms for your guinea pig and design the cage to fit any space in your home. Make sure that you select panels that are 9x9 grid squares. There are other varieties of panels that are 5x5 or 8x8 grids, which make the opening too large for a guinea pig, which can make them want to get their head stuck in the panel.
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