If you have ever seen a guinea pig, then you know how big they can get, especially when they are overfed. Because of their size, here are some cages that are designed especially for them.
So, we found some of the best cages that can be a good home for your guinea pig, and we included a few tips on how to decide on what you are looking for, too.
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This is one of the few cages that has a rounded top, and early all of it can be lifted up and act as a door, too.
The rest of the cage's design is pretty standard. It has a front door, comes with all of the usual attachments, and has a plastic bottom. The standard size is possibly the smallest size you can get for a guinea pig, but they might feel cramped.
The large is enough for them to have some extra space, but the extra-large is just right if you want them to have enough room to walk/run, play, and sleep.
It is a little more expensive than most of the other cages, depending on the size, but it can be worth it when it comes to making your guinea pig happy and healthy.
This cage has a more kid-friendly design between the tan bottom, green loft, and blue feed bowl.
Like the last model, it does also come in several sizes: standard, large, and jumbo. Also like the last one, the standard and large can be big enough for a single guinea pig while the jumbo is great for extra room or two guinea pigs.
This one does have a top door, but it is a little smaller than the last one, and the front door is about the same size if not a little smaller, too.
The materials are about the same quality, except for the stairs which are a little slippery for some guinea pigs, but getting a cover can be a quick and easy fix.
This is one of the few cages that has a completely liftable wall; the entire front wall can be unclipped and lifted to be the front door. It also has a smaller-sized top door that is about 1/3 the size of the front.
The design is a little bright between the white rim of the bottom and the red bottom part. However, this actually works great because the line can be a good guide for changing the bedding.
The rest of the cage pieces work pretty well, except for the hay feeder (sort of). The bars are spaces a little too far apart, making a lot of the hay fall through before getting caught on them. This can lead to hay getting dirty quickly, but if you place the hay in vertically, it can stop this.
This cage has about the same design as the last one, and it can come in a small size or a semi-medium one that is technically meant for rabbits, but it can be used by guinea pigs.
The design is pretty simple and basic, being tan with white bars, which is possibly why it is one of the more affordable models. However, the bottom can easily get stained if it is not cleaned too often or there is not enough bedding.
You can prevent staining by adding some newspaper to the bottom of the cage before you lay down the bedding material. Make sure you cannot see any paper when laying the bedding down.
While this is a metal cage that needs covers for the stairs and floors, this is one of the longer-lasting cages that is pretty easy to clean. If you do get this cage and you plan on getting covers, you should try to get some that are machine washable; this will make cleaning less messy and more effortlessly.
This is also one of the few cages that you can get in a taller size as well as different colors: white or black. The smaller size is actually big enough for two or three guinea pigs, though; so you should have plenty of room with just the smaller one.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Size Cage Should You Get?
Since guinea pigs are one of the larger rodents out there, and it is pretty important finding a cage that is big enough for them to be comfortable in.
If you want them to have plenty of room, then you should try getting a cage that is at least 5 times their size or more, which is around 50 inches long. However, a single guinea pig cage that is as small as 30 inches long can work too, as long as your guinea pig is smaller than average.
The height is not as important since they cannot jump or climb like other rodents. Usually, the width is about 2 feet or so, which is pretty good and average.
Should You Get a Cage with Metal Grating?
Guinea pigs have paws that are a little more sensitive than other rodents, meaning you may want to avoid cages that have metal grate floors and/or stairs. Although, you can get a cage with these if you make sure to get covers for the stairs and/or floors.
There are special ones that you can find easily online, or you can make some yourself. If you do decide to make them, make sure you use a material that would be alright for the guinea pig to chew on since many like to nibble on parts of their cage and decorations.
Is a Hay Feeder Necessary?
Many guinea pig cages have either attachable or built-in hay feeders that you can use to slowly feed your guinea pig whenever they are hungry, much like a water bottle/dispenser that hangs on the side of the cage.
If you go to school or work often, then a hay feeder can be almost necessary to ensure that your guinea pig does not go hungry throughout the day. It is also a good way to keep their food clean and away from any of their droppings while they eat it.
If the cage you are looking at does not come with a hay feeder, it can be pretty easy to find an attachable one online or in a pet store.
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30 Fun Facts About Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs are small, social creatures that love to explore. Once they are comfortable with their surroundings and trust their owners, they can be very affectionate and show off their fun personalities. They are not only furry little critters that make great pets, but they are also loyal companions to each other. If you're thinking of getting a guinea pig as a pet, make sure you set up a comfortable, trusting environment where they feel cared for. And, check out our list of the top 30 fun facts about this very special animal.
History1. Guinea Pigs aren't from Guinea
Guinea Pigs actually originated from the Andes region of South America, and historians are still puzzled today by where "guinea" came from.
2. Guinea pigs were first domesticated by the Incas over 3000 years ago.
Around the end of the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors brought guinea pigs over to Europe, where they became popular as exotic pets with Elizabethan high-society.
3. Guinea Pigs aren't pigs!
The guinea pig has had a bit of an identity crisis. Their official species name is "cavia porcellus," which in Latin translates to "little pig," leading some to nickname them "cavies." In French, they are known as lapins de Barbarie (Barbary rabbits), and they have also been called meerschweinchen (little sea pigs) in German. But, despite the nominclature, guinea pigs are actually both rodent and small mammal.
4. Males versus females.
A male guinea pig is known as a "boar" while a female guinea pig is known as a "sow." Their babies are known as "pups." A sow will usually give birth to 3-4 pups, and remains pregnant for two months at a time!
5. Wild guinea pigs.
Because guinea pigs have become so domesticated, currently none live in the wild. But there are five other species of guinea pig, like the Brazilian guinea pig (cavia aperea) and the Montane guinea pig (cavia tschudii) that still do! Wild guinea pigs usually live in groups of five to ten and inhabit burrows made by other animals to protect themselves from predators.
6. Some guinea pigs are endangered.
The guinea pig known as Moleques do Sul, or the cavia intermedia, is a critically endangered species. They live on the small coastal island of Moleques do Sul Archipelago in southern Brazil. Because of the small geographic location, there are less than 60 of their kind remaining.
Size & Appearance7. Guinea pigs usually come in three varieties: long hair, short hair and hairless.
Long-haired and short-haired guinea pigs have about five different types of hair on their bodies. Many say that hairless guinea pigs resemble small hippos!
8. Different guinea pig breeds have different color patterns and textures. Of the 13 domesticated guinea pig breeds, each has a unique color classification. Silkie guinea pigs have long and smooth coats that flow back along their bodies. Himalayan guinea pigs have white fur with colored spots, closely resembling the color of their natural habitat.
9. Guinea pigs have interesting eyes.
Guinea pigs have a variety of eye colors. These range from black, brown, or blue (classified as dark eyes) or pink or red (with a ruby pupil). Healthy eyes reflect red in strong light. Its said that guinea pigs also have 340 degree vision!
10. Guinea pigs have an odd number of toes.
Guinea pigs have four toes on their front feet, but only three on their back feet. While this makes for great tunneling and burrowing skills, guinea pigs are very poor climbers and can only reach low surfaces.
11. Guinea pigs have no tails.
Unlike rats and mice, cavy bodies are more rotund and do not have tails.
12. Guinea pigs' teeth never stop growing.
Guinea pigs have small, triangular mouths with 20 teeth. Like most rodents, their teeth are "open-rooted," meaning they never stop growing. They need to chew on wooden blocks, for example, in order to avoid their teeth from growing too long.
Eating habits13. Guinea pigs are herbivores.
Guinea pigs are mini grazers and love to chomp on leafy greens like kale, spinach, dandelions and alfalfa hay. They also enjoy fruits like bananas, apples and blueberries. Gnaw sticks are a good idea as a tasty treat, which will help the guinea pigs' teeth from growing out.
14. Guinea pigs eat their own poop.
Although this might seem alarming, it is actually perfectly natural for the guinea pig! Their small pellets of feces, called cecotropes, contain a lot of recycled B vitamins and fiber that are key for a healthy guinea pig diet.
15. Guinea pigs need a lot of vitamin C.
Like humans, guinea pigs cannot generate their own vitamin C and must get it from their diet to avoid diseases like scurvy. Make sure you give them foods rich in fiber and nutrients, and avoid dairy products, meats and seeds.
Lifestyle16. Guinea pigs can live very long lives.
On average, a guinea pig can live between 5-8 years, which is far longer than most rodents. The right nutrition, company and care will usually allow your guinea pig to live a long, happy life.
17. The oldest guinea pig was 14 years old.
According to the Guniness Book of World Records, Snowball the guinea pig from England was the oldest known guinea pig in the world at the time of her death in 1979.
18. Guinea pigs are social animals.
Guinea pigs are herd animals and love to be social. Though they enjoy spending time with their own kind, they also love human affection when they trust their owners. So much so, in 2008, Switzerland passed a law saying you cannot only have one guinea pig because they are such a social species.
19. Guinea pigs are smart and fast learners.
A baby guinea pig pup can already begin running within three hours of being born! They are also born with their eyes open, a natural instinct to be on the lookout for predators. By three weeks old, the pups are weaned and become fully mature by three months old.
20. Guinea pigs march in single file.
The largest will lead the back, and the youngest go in the middle for safety and pack protection.
Guinea pigs as pets21. Guinea pigs purr when they are happy.
Just like cats, guinea pigs will purr with enjoyment when they are being petted or held carefully.
22. Guinea pigs love to dance.
Though perhaps not technically "dancing," guinea pigs can jump straight up and down and often spin 90 degrees mid-air by kicking their back legs out. This is known as "popcorning," just like a popcorn kernel jumping out of a pan.
23. Guinea pigs are extremely vocal.
Guinea pigs make a lot of noise, and you can usually tell how they feel from the sounds they make. If they are whistling, this is usually an indication of excitement (like when they anticipate food coming). If your guinea pig is chattering or squealing, they are usually in some state of pain or distress, or are warning you to stay away.
24. Guinea pigs can also hear very well.
One Louisiana State University study reported that guinea pigs hear at 54 to 50,000 Hz, compared to the human range of 64 to 23,000 Hz.
25. Guinea pigs scent mark their territory.
Guinea pigs will rub their chin and cheeks along their surroundings to make themselves feel more comfortable and at home. They also rub their bottoms on the ground, leaving secret droppings with meanings that only other guinea pigs can decode.
26. Guinea pigs do not get along with rabbits.
If you also own a rabbit as a pet, make sure to not place them in the same habitat as your guinea pig. They are very different animals with different immune systems, and your rabbit may pass on an infectious disease to your guinea pig.
27. Guinea pigs are crepuscular.
This means they are most active from dusk until dawn. The average guinea pig only sleeps about 4 hours per day. Even though they don't require a lot of rest, they still need a cozy place with some soft hay or paper bedding to snooze.
28. Guinea pigs are extremely active.
When they're not sleeping, guinea pigs are always on the move and are very inquisitive. Make sure to provide them with an exercise area including tubing and tunnels, as well as small shelter areas they can burrow under and explore.
Other interesting facts29. Guinea pigs are Hollywood stars!
Guinea pigs, both real and animated, have appeared in movies like Disney's G-Force, Doctor Dolittle and The Secret Life of Pets 2.
30. Being a "guinea pig."
In the early 20th century the guinea pig was used as a test subject for scientific experiments. Although now laboratories usually test on mice and rats, the term "guinea pig" is still commonly used in English as a metaphor for a first experiment subject.