Monday, 15 April 2019

How to Set Up A Humane Guinea Pig Cage

Size and Location

Firstly, you need to decide where you are going to keep your guinea pig and in what type of cage.  You can either use a hutch or a small garden shed outside with a run OR keep them indoors.  
If you choose to keep your pet indoors, they will need out of their cage for a lot of the day.  I like to go between letting them run around the room where they can jump in and out of their cage and letting them outside in a run (depending on the weather).  

There are so many different types of Guinea pig cages but they should have at least 10.5 Square feet (with lots of time outside the cage) for two guinea pigs.  


Firstly, you need a water bottle, I prefer glass to plastic bottles and I also have one for each guinea pig in the cage.  You will also need a hayrack.  Me being a horse owner, guinea pigs are supposed to be eating from the ground (like horses).  This means hayracks that are high up (like haynets for horses) isn't natural and I have found that hay got into my guinea pig's eyes so try to find one that is close to the floor, like a roller.  
Lastly, are the food bowls.  I like to have at least one for the Nuggets and one for the veg.  


Toys - 

You should get your guinea pig lots of toys to keep them from getting bored.  There are lots of types of toys like wooden chew toys, hanging toys and foraging, boredom breakers.  

Blankets + Beds 

I like to buy lots of fleece blankets ao I can alternate them while I wash others.  I also like the small guinea pigs beds to put into a corner.  Another option is to place some tunnels in the cage.  

Litter Tray - 

If your guinea pig is litter trained or you want to litter train then you will need a litter tray,  I like the corner ones because it takes up less room.  You will also need a guinea pig safe litter like wooden pellets.  You can then choose to use the fleece blankets over shavings for the bedding.  


I am not any type of animal expert but instead only an animal lover who wants to share her tips.  Please consult relevant animal specialists and do not only take my advice.

 The Rider's Pets


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