Have you just adopted a Guinea pig? If so, you’ve got an adorable pet! One thing that is very important is making sure your little buddy is comfortable in his home. Here, a Wichita, KS vet offers some tips on setting up a cage for your little furball.
Choosing The Cage
Picking the right size cage is very important. If you were to only get one Guinea pig, we’d recommend having a cage that is at least 7 square feet. However, these little guys are very sociable, and are much happier with buddies. Therefore, we recommend getting at least two. Two would need a cage that is at least ten square feet. The cage doesn’t necessarily have to take up that much floor space, though. Look for one that has more than one story, with enclosed ramps between levels.
You can find cages made from many different colors and materials. We recommend getting one with a solid floor. Wire floors don’t hold substrates, and can actually cause injuries. Also, make sure the cage provides good ventilation.
Cozies are tiny tents or sleeping bags for small animals. Cavies love them! You can also get your little buddies a bed. Just choose one that’s easy to wash.
When buying substrate, avoid anything made from pine or cedar. These actually aren’t safe for small animals! Paper products are fine. You can also use fleece blankets.
Guinea pigs can be quite shy. Make sure that your little buddy has a hidey-hole to retreat to when he feels scared or just wants some privacy.
Cavies need lots of fun toys! Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are fine. Just avoid anything with small edges or sharp pieces. Items covered in paint, stain, dye, or other decorative materials are also unsafe. Ask your vet for more information.
Choosing the right spot is also important. Ideally, you want your tiny furball to be able to see and hear you, without feeling too exposed. A family room or living room is often perfect. Of course, you’ll need to rethink this if you have a dog or cat. Your Guinea pig won’t feel very safe with Fluffy or Fido staring in at him! Raise the cage off the ground if you have other pets.
Please contact us, your Wichita, KS vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!