Cages for Guinea Pigs Must Be Large Enough for Your Pigs to Run

Exercise is important. When selecting cages for guinea pigs, one must take this factor into consideration. One regrettable mistake that too many uninformed first-time pig owners make is buying that small rodent cage that is offered to them at the pet store. Most of these cages tend to offer less than three square-feet of cage space — far too small for even one pig.

Most guinea pig rescue organizations recommend that you provide at least six to seven square feet for a single pig, 7.5 square feet for two pigs, 10.5 for three pigs and at least 13 square feet for four pigs.

This will allow room for the pigs, a nestbox, water dish and other accessories that may take up additional guinea pig cage space.

Manufactured cages of this size are difficult to find and may be expensive. For this reason, in-the-know guinea pig owners are moving ever-increasingly toward a popular type of do-it-yourself or kit cages known as Cubes and Coroplast cages.

Choose a Smooth Material for the Cage Floor

Wire or grid floors are hard on your guinea pigs’ feet. Rigid metal bars or grids can trap toes and legs and harm your pet cavy’s fragile feet. You would never design your house with floors made of metal bars spaced a foot apart and suspended a foot off the foundation. Why would you expect your pets to spend their lives in such an environment?

Incidentally, the same goes when choosing a ramp for a multi-level enclosure. The ramp should not use metal grids for traction. For best pig health and safety, choose a cage with a smooth easy-to-clean bottom.

Does My Guinea Pig Cage Need a Lid?

If your guinea pigs are sharing your home with what I like to call “domestic predators” (most notably cats and toddlers) you will definitely need a lid. If, on the other hand, your home is totally “pig friendly”, then a lid is not needed.

Most C&C cages for guinea pigs and pens tend to have 14″ walls. Although guinea pigs do like to jump for fun (commonly called “popcorning”), they are not known for being prolific leapers If your home is safe, we actually recommend that you avoid using a lid. We find that when guinea pigs are housed in a cage with no lid, since there is no lid to open, interaction with the guinea pigs becomes easier and more frequent. I also simplifies tasks like feeding the guinea pigs and cleaning the cage.

For Your Conveinience, Doors and Lids Should be Large

Most C&C cages are designed with doors that are too small. Small doors, make it very hard to pick up your pets. If you’ve ever tried to corner a scurrying guinea pig with one arm through a tiny opening, you will immediately agree that they are “scurriers”.

At http://BlueStoneCages.com we offer innovative cages for guinea pigs with large fold-down “tailgates”. These models are engineered so that the entire side of the cage swings open like the tailgate on a pickup truck. Now you can reach in with both hands to scoop up your guinea pig (or to scoop out soiled bedding). If you’ve ever tried to shovel 25 lbs. of wet bedding through a small door and then turn around and shovel 25 lbs. of clean bedding back in through that tiny opening; you will immediately recognize the value of the BlueStoneCommerce tailgate concept.

We’re long-time guinea pig owners, so you can believe us when we tell you: it’s much easier to scrape the bedding out into a waste container and then just pour the new bedding in directly from the bag. Yes, door-opening size really is a big deal.

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