Resource Center Menu
Comfy Guinea Pig Habitats

Comfy Guinea Pig Habitats

Although guinea pigs aren’t exactly home bodies, you should still welcome your little one home with a comfy habitat. The right habitat can also make time alone more manageable for these highly social critters. The following are some key features of suitable guinea pig habitats:

Dimensions

Habitats are generally made of either plastic, metal and/or wire. However, not all habitats are the best fit for your little one. Wire habitats are more dangerous for your guinea pig because their toes can become stuck in the open spaces. So, when picking up your first habitat, it’s best to go with either a plastic or metal one. Your guinea pig's habitat should also provide ample room to move about. The recommended habitat dimensions for an average-sized guinea pig are 15 inches by 30 inches, with a height of 15 inches. A habitat twice that dimension would suit your furry friend best. Of course, if more than one guinea pig is occupying the same habitat, more space is needed.

Floors

The floor of your guinea pig's habitat should be solid—made of plastic or plastic-covered wood. While some habitats are made with wire floors to collect droppings and urine in a waste tray, these can prove to be dangerous and irritable for your guinea pig's feet. So, for the sake of safety and comfort, never place your guinea pig in a habitat with a wire floor.

Another safe alternative to wire-floored habitats are ones with plastic-slat flooring. These habitats also have a waste tray, but are more comfortable for your guinea pig’s feet and are easier to clean. If you decide to go this route, make sure the spaces between the slats are small enough to keep your guinea pig’s feet from getting stuck.

Waste trays can either be the pull-out or snap-on variety. Pull-out trays are more convenient for you, because snap-on trays require removing the entire habitat during cleanings.

Doors

The door of your guinea pig's habitat should be wide enough for easy access. Preferably, the entire top of the cage should lift up, with the door opening outward. For safety's sake, always check your guinea pig's cage for sharp edges or broken wires that could pose a hazard.

Habitat accessories

Some things you just can’t live without. Here are some necessities for a comfy habitat:

Litter and bedding

Guinea pigs like to have lots of absorbent bedding—one to two inches deep is great. Wood shavings or pelleted paper work best. Cedar-based products are not recommended as they can harm your guinea pig. When cleaning the habitat each week, be sure to provide fresh bedding.

Dishes and bottles

A water bottle mounted to the outside of your little one’s habitat is preferred because it prevents water from getting soiled or spilled. When choosing a water bottle for your guinea pig, make sure it has a stainless steel tube as your guinea pig could be tempted to chew on a plastic tube. Always provide fresh, clean water.

Furniture

It is important to provide a hiding place for your guinea pig, because they instinctively burrow and hide. This piece of furniture is important because it gives your little one a secure hideout, and a comfy sleeping spot.

First supplies for guinea pigs

When creating a happy home for your guinea pig, there are some essentials items that should not be overlooked. For a list of the supplies you’ll need for your new friend, see “First Supplies.”

First supplies

Housing
  • Habitat – An approximately 30"l x 15"w x 15"h escape-proof habitat with a solid surface is key. Make sure there is plenty of room to exercise and play.
  • Food bowl and water bottle
  • Bedding – Shavings or pelleted paper work best (cedar-based products are not recommended)
  • Hiding place
  • Guinea pig toys – As many as possible
  • Chew sticks
Food
  • Timothy Hay
  • High-quality guinea pig food
  • Vitamin C supplements
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
Grooming supplies
  • Brush – Cat brushes work just fine
Miscellaneous
  • Habitat – Cleaning supplies
  • Habitat disinfectant/mild soap – Wash and disinfect the habitat prior to placing your guinea pig in it