Guinea pigs don't jump and climb around as much as rats or chinchillas. But they still want to have fun and need to discover something in their home.
Optimal cage for guinea pigs
So that the little rodents are really happy, they need a lot of exercise to really let off steam. A cage with an area of 100 cm x 100 cm or in the best case 140 cm x 70 cm per animal is a good choice. The more animals, the bigger the accommodation must be. The height should not be less than 50 cm. Make sure the struts on the cage are not painted so the seais don't poison themselves if they gnaw on them.
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Guinea pigs: accessories for rodents
Avoid painted materials or plastic. The rodents may nibble on it - which is not exactly healthy.
- ● Bedding: Proper bedding is one of the basic things. It is best to get small animal litter from softwood shavings.
- ● Hay: Meeri's main course is fresh hay - this should never be missing! You can find out why this is the case and what the little ones eat in our guidebook on guinea pig nutrition. You can get the hay packaged in the pet shop or at the farmer. When buying, pay attention to a pleasant fragrance and a beautiful green color.
- ● hay rack: Place the hay in a hay rack. The one that you can attach to the cage is optimal. However, caution is required with feed balls. The guinea pigs' delicate heads often fit through. There is a risk of injury: you can't always keep an eye on the little rascals.
- ● Loopholes: Since the sociable rodents certainly live in the group with you, you also need several hideaways. These can be boxes and wicker bridges, but also wooden nesting houses. When it comes to the house, one with a flat roof is always recommended, so your rodents also have another seat. There must be multiple exits if guinea pig jams occur. Attention: the entrances and windows of the rodent houses should have a diameter of at least 11 cm.
- ● Shelters: There are also very nice shelters with four wooden legs. Here your guinea pigs can lie underneath and climb on it.
- ● Seat boards with ramps: Equip the cage with seat boards that you attach to the grille. Since the little pigs are not really good jumpers, you should provide them with ladders or ramps with cross struts.
- ● Climbing trees: Wooden structures with small steps are also ideal for guinea pigs. Just browse through a pet store you trust.
- ● Feeding site: Now all that is missing is a large ceramic food bowl and a nipple drinker with fresh, not too cold water - and the first step of the basic equipment is done!
Guinea pigs like to slip through narrow corridors and hide in dark caves. Therefore, hammocks, grass nests and tubes made of cork, wicker, clay or wood are other nice things on your guinea pig shopping list. There are great suggestions from guinea pig fan Anna and her father:
Even if guinea pig owners have a lot of fun equipping the cage with great accessories. It should not be completely delivered. The rodents also need space to run. There are also numerous products to buy that are available to guinea pig lovers. Do not buy everything straight away and ask yourself: a lot of them harm you more or are completely unsuitable for keeping guinea pigs.