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By now, you have to know the story. Small cages for guinea pigs are out – big guinea pig cages are in. It’s a fact. People (people like you and me) are becoming more educated about animal and pet care.

Sure, years ago, we had an excuse for stuffing our pets into tiny cages—ignorance. That’s right. We didn’t know any better.

When I was growing up, we didn’t fully understand nutrition and exercise for humans—let alone for our pets. Our parents were stuffing us with fried foods, whole milk and red meat because, back then, it was good for us. They didn’t know any better. And pet stores were selling small lab-rat cages for guinea pigs—and we bought them. Again, we didn’t know any better.

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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 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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When we think of cages for guinea pigs, most of us tend to think of that tiny little rodent cage that is sold by most pet stores. Sure, guinea pigs are most certainly rodents — and yet, the standard pet store rodent cage is far too small to house an adult guinea pig.

Yes, most rodents are very small animals. But the fact is that size is not the prominent factor that defines a rodent.

If you look up the definition of a rodent, you will find that a) it is a mammal and b) they have continuously growing upper and lower incisors. This latter fact means that they have to continuously chew on things to keep their front teeth from growing out of control. In fact, the word rodent comes from the Latin word rodere which means “to gnaw”.

So a rodent is mostly defined by its front teeth — not by its size. A beaver is a rodent. You would never think of putting a beaver in a small pet store guinea pig cage. A porcupine is a rodent. Again, you would never put a porcupine in one of those tiny guinea pig cages. A capybara is a rodent that can grow to more than four-feet long. You could never put a capybara in a cage so small.

Guinea pigs can grow as large as three pounds or more. A small pet store rodent cage is simply too small to house a guinea pig. As I have said many times before — putting your guinea pig in a small pet store cage is like a human being living their entire life in a bathroom.

So why do so many people put guinea pigs in such small cages? Because that is what is sold to us.

Most guinea pig rescue organizations recommend that cages for guinea pigs be at least the following size:

  • One guinea pig: 6-7 sq. ft.
  • Two guinea pigs: 7.5 sq. ft.
  • Three guinea pigs: 10.5 sq. ft.
  • Four guinea pigs: 13 sq. ft.

So next time you shop for cages for guinea pigs remember that your pet is much larger than a hamster or a gerbil and therefore — his home should be too.

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