How to set up a guinea pig cage
If you plan on purchasing a guinea pig, you’ll need to provide it with a safe and comfortable home. Here are a few tips to help you set up a guinea pig cage for the very first time.
- When choosing a guinea pig case, consider the size and
material. It should be a minimum of 38” x 18” and be made from a chew
- You will need to place bedding in the bottom of
the cage. Bedding can be recycled paper or aspen shavings. Avoid cedar
shavings, as they may cause respiratory illness. Pine shavings can be a
little dusty. Lay the bedding in the bottom of the cage and make sure
it is at least 2” deep, so they can move it around.
- Place the
water bottle in an accessible area, where you can easily put it on or
take it off the cage. Do not place the water bottle on the door. Many
people place the water bottle next to the door, on the front of the
cage. Most water bottles come with a clip to attach the water bottle to
- Place the food inside the cage on the opposite side
of the water. Make sure you have purchased a chew proof food dish. Fill
your chew proof pet dish with guinea pig pellet food.
- Be sure
to provide chew toys, as guinea pig teeth are always growing. One nice
chew toy option can be attached to the roof of the cage, instead of
laying at the bottom, where your guinea pig may go to the bathroom on
it. You might attach salt licks to the chew toy, which are good for
their health (ask your pet supply store which brands they recommend).
You may want to give your pet a few chew toy options.
- Add a hay
manger to the inside wall of the cage. Fill it with hay purchased from
a reputable pet supply store. The hay manger hangs on the side bars of
the cage. Keep it low enough for your pet guinea pig to reach without
having to stand on its hind legs.
- Add a house, made of chew
proof material. A pet house provides your guinea pig with a private
place and allows your pet to feel secure.
Your guinea pig is ready for his new home!