Setting Up a Guinea Pig Cage

Are you considering adopting a Guinea pig? These adorable furballs, also known as cavies, make wonderful pets. They are also quite easy to care for. In fact, making sure your tiny pal is comfortable in his cage will go a long way towards keeping your pet happy and healthy. A Suwannee County, FL veterinarian offers tips on setting up a Guinea pig cage in this article.

Choosing The Cage

If you’re getting one cavy, we recommend getting a cage that is at least 7.5 square feet. If you are getting multiple Guinea pigs, you’ll need a bigger cage. If you want to increase your tiny pal’s living area without taking up more floor space in your home, look for a cage with a second story and an enclosed ramp for access. Pick a cage with a solid floor: wire floors won’t hold substrate, and are actually dangerous to small animals.

Substrate

There are many different types of substrate available, and they all have their own pros and cons. Aspen is a good choice. You can also use paper-based substrates or fleece blankets. Avoid substrates made from pine or cedar, as these are toxic to small animals. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Accessories

Your furry friend will need food dishes and a water bottle. These adorable little furballs like having a quiet, safe place to hide in, so give your cavy at least one hidey-hole. Guinea pigs also enjoy cozies, which are sort of like miniature sleeping bags for small animals. Cavies can be litterbox trained, so you can add a litter box. A hayrack is optional, but helpful.

Toys

Give your cavy plenty of fun toys to play with. Since Guinea pigs need to chew to keep their teeth healthy, offer your pet lots of chewable playthings. Cardboard toys are a good option. Wood, wicker, and paper items are also fine. Just be sure to avoid anything coated in stains, dyes, paints, or varnishes, as well as items with small parts or sharp edges.

Location

Your pet will be most comfortable in a quiet spot where he can see, hear, and interact with you. Don’t put the little guy in direct sunlight, or too close to a TV, stereo, or A/C vent.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your Suwannee County, FL vet clinic, today.

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