Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pig PairGuinea pigs are sociable creatures. They love company, and will talk to each other, so it’s best to house them in pairs or groups.

We make Pet Homes large enough for two or more Guinea Pigs.  If you want to view our range, just click on the button below, or read on for some useful information on how to provide a suitable home environment.

 

 

120cm C&C Style Guinea Pig Cage

 

Cage Size

Guinea Pigs can be housed in an indoor or outdoor hutch. The RSPCA state the minimum cage size for a pair of guinea pigs is 120cm x 60cm x 45cm (or a minimum floor area of 8 square feet).  They will also need a large exercise area in addition to their main hutch (see Exercise section below).

Our 120cm indoor hutch is aimed at guinea pigs. It comes with mesh to the front as standard, but you can also purchase the cage with a Perspex front, providing an enhanced view of your pet.

120cm Guinea Pig Home - front

Guinea pigs don’t like to be too hot, so the cage should be kept away from direct sunlight, radiators, and also draughts. A comfortable room temperature should be between 15-22 degrees centigrade.

 

Outdoor Hutchesguinea pig

If you decide to go for an outdoor hutch, then the hutch must be raised off the ground. It must also be warm, well-ventilated, and draught-proof, and connected to a larger run enclosure.

 

Exercise

Guinea pigs need a large run enclosure to fulfil their need to exercise, and to run and play.  It’s important to note that an exercise wheel is NOT appropriate for a guinea pig, as it will damage their spine.

If housed indoors, guinea pigs should be allowed out of their hutch on a daily basis, either to roam free in safe and secure room, away from other pets, or placed into a separate run enclosure.

 

Nesting

Like all small pets, guinea pigs will require a suitable shelter for sleeping and nesting.Little House for Pigs & Hogs Closeup

 

We make two houses suitable for guinea pigs: our “Little House for Pigs and Hogs” is big enough for a single guinea pig.

Our “Large Guinea Pig House with 2-way Ladder” accommodates 2-3 guinea pigs, and provides a useful second tier.

Guinea Pig House with Ladder on LeftGuinea Pig House with Ladder in Front

Toys

Guinea pigs teeth grow throughout their lives, up to several inches every year! To prevent their teeth from getting too long, make sure you provide them with plenty of hay and untreated wooden toys to gnaw on. This will help wear their teeth down naturally, avoiding dental problems.

Guinea pigs also need plenty of stimulation to keep them occupied and stop them getting bored, so providing them with suitable toys is important. They will need plenty of hidey holes, tunnels or dens to run around and play in. Remember that toys don’t need to be expensive: a simple cardboard box filled with hay with a hole in the side, or empty toilet rolls are cheaper ways of providing fun for your pets.

Flexible Wooden Bridge or Shelter - Small & Medium sizeWooden Ball with Bell inside 2Wooden Seesaw