Inappropriate Housing and Cage
Cages on the Market
For many years guinea pig
housing available on the market to purchase has been created for
convenience and profit rather than for the wellbeing and happiness of the
small animal. Many of the common guinea pig cages you can purchase through
Pet Shops are created far to small
in size for guinea pigs with some cages measuring less than 1 meter in
length and the smallest on the market measuring less than 50cm in length. These
are created to fit easily in the boot of your car, they are often not
sturdy or predator proof and they often cost an arm and a leg even though
they are so small in size.
Wire flooring on
the base of a guinea pigs
cage is definitely not recommended, for several reasons.
CLICK HERE to read a very
important information page regarding wire flooring. If you purchase a cage
with a wire floor and you arn't planning on lining it with bedding we
recommend removing the wire.
Below are some examples of
unacceptable housing for guinea pigs.
Fish tanks or Large
Solid Plastic Containers
Fish tanks are made for fish
and not guinea pigs. The provide very poor air circulation for a guinea
pig and in turn the guinea pig can develop respiratory infections and
bacterial infections. Many pet shops house their guinea pigs in fish tanks
and this can be very misleading for the public. Some people house
their guinea pigs in large plastic containers which is just as bad. The
information above applies to containers or any enclosure with all four
sides being solid.
Tiny wooden hutches
These hutches can typically
found in some stores today. They generally are less than 90cm meter in length
( usually no longer than 78cm in length ) and have wire bottoms. These
hutches are not sturdy enough to be predator proof. The size is
unacceptable and guinea pigs can barely move about the little enclosed
ends are usually only large enough to fit the body size of one guinea pig.
Guinea pig outdoor housing
that are made from metal materials is not appropriate to house your guinea
pig in. In hot weather the metal can heat up and get to temperatures that
will literally toast a guinea pig. If the cage is left in the sun it only
takes once for a guinea pig to develop heatstroke. Metal cages can also
become very very cold in winter and guinea pigs are more prone to
pneumonia and catching colds as a result. Most metal cages on the market
are also in-appropriate sizes some are as small as 50cm in length.
Small Pet Shop Cage
with plastic base and/or on stand
These cages are fantastic for
quarantine or transportation although are unsuitable for permanent
housing. These are your typical pet shop cage usually measuring less than
a meter in length more commonly approximately 70cm x 40cm in size. These
cages generally have a solid plastic base and wire sides. They can be
purchased on stands and sometimes have levels inside the cage. Again these
cages are simply far too small for guinea pigs and generally are
overpriced costing more than $100 to purchase. Their are larger plastic base cages
on the market which are over 1.1m in length and these cages usually come
on stilts with wheels although it can be difficult to find the larger cages
as many stores do not stock them.
Appropriate housing for guinea pigs
It can be difficult to find
good housing for guinea pigs in particular good size housing. Below are some ideas and examples of
appropriate guinea pig housing.
sellers interstate and local on Ebay which ship directly to your door!
Flashy Two-Storey Hutches at bargain prices! Check out Ebay!
HERE to view our webpage and to find out information about
this ideal modern day guinea pig housing.
Home Made Cages
If you have a handyman around
the house a way to build a good size, quality and often cheap enclosure is
to grab a hammer and nails and start building and designing! Click on
thumbnails below to view examples of some different styles of home made
guinea pig enclosures.
large sized pet store plastic base cage
Some pet stores and pet
warehouses sell large versions of the plastic based wire sided cage. These
cages measure 1.5metres in length and are a fantastic size and quality
cage to house guinea pigs in.
lawn hutches both store bought and home-made (including size).
It is recommended to have
outdoor and indoor/night housing for your guinea pig and even though many
pet shop hutches just don't cut it as appropriate for guinea pigs (
whether this be in size, strength or quality ), their are some
lawn hutches around that are appropriate for piggies it just takes some
looking to find one of these hutches. Usually a good quality lawn hutch
has a weatherproof enclosed end on one end of the cage with a solid base
on the end as well for bedding. A good lawn hutch
will be large in size approx 1.2metres + and will be a quality sturdy/predator
Quality lawn hutches don't come cheap when shopping through
Pet Shops and usually cost between $150-$300
for something a decent size.
Their are regular sellers on EBAY which sell good large lawn hutches at
wholesale prices (around $100) and that ship interstate to your door for
under $30. If you have a hammer and nails you can probably build a large
quality lawn hutch for less than $100. The trading post is also another
good place to check out!
Pictured below is an example
of the tiny size of an average pet shop cage (under 85cm in length)
compared to a home-made cage (Approx 1.5 meters in length). Big difference
in price, quality, size and in turn the happiness of your guinea pigs!
Photo courtesy of Michelle
One of the best ideas created
is the convert a cupboard method. You can purchase sideboards, cupboards,
wardrobes and beautiful antique items of furniture from bargain prices as
low as $10 if you purchase from second hand stores, to $100 dollars or
more if purchasing a brand new piece of furniture, which can be
transformed into a display piece in the house better known as your guinea
pig cage. To convert a cupboard it is very easy you simply knock out with
a hammer the inside of the doors and then purchase some wire to nail
across the windows which are left. You already have your door handles and
can line the timber or roof with waterproof corflute if desired. You can
also convert cupboards into fantastic lawn hutches using the same method.
Inexpensive, appealing, large, easy-to-make and appropriate housing for
No longer are
cots just being used for human babies but for some families their guinea
pig babies! You can purchase a cot either new or second hand or from Ebay
as a fantastic indoor enclosure for your guinea pig. Simply purchase
corflute or something waterproof for the base and you're set!