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Types Of Guinea Pig Cages Available

By Tim Bell

After you have made the decision to take a guinea pig into your home as a pet; you must decide what type of cage you are going to purchase. There are many different types of guinea pig cages available at local area department stores or pet stores.

Guinea pigs are not known to jump or even try to escape their cage as long as they are happy, healthy and well taken care of. Being a great deal larger than hamster or gerbils, your guinea pig will require different food along with larger food and water bowls. These guys also need a larger cage to help encourage much needed exercise.

Extra protection may be needed if you have other curious animals living with you. In this case you can purchase an enclosed cage or some cages have the ability to add a top on later if the need ever arises. Cage walls that to not have a cover in general need to be at least 14 inches in height. This is to insure the guinea cannot escape.

Most cages you will find are made of plastic, wire, or glass, these are easy to clean and provide see through walls in which observing your new friend is made possible. They also should have a removable bottom so the bedding can be changed with ease.

Material called bedding should also be purchased at the same as the cage. This material helps keep the guinea pig safe, dry, healthy and happy. Old newspaper may be used for the bottom most layer of your cage. This makes removing old bedding a lot easier and also soaks up any accidents missed by the bedding. Bedding also serves as a loose material for nesting and burrowing. Hay is a very good top layer for guinea pigs. This is easy to build a nest in and also makes a nutritious snack.

Pine and cedar chips, yesterdays News cat litter and wood pellets are all great bedding materials and can be purchased in most stores. These pellets or chips help soak up accidents and keep everyday smells at bay.

An adult guinea pig needs a minimum of 7.5 square feet to live comfortably in its cage. The more space they have the happier they will be. They are also social animals and love being with one or more of their own kind. Be advised if you do choose to purchase more than one guinea pig the minimum size cage needed for two animals jumps to 10.5 square feet.

Several different types of guinea pig cages can be bought that include ramps padded with rubber already installed inside the cage. These ramps are great exercise for your guinea. Exercise balls and other running wheels are not advised as the guinea pig has a longer spine and smaller balls and wheels cause pain to their toes, legs and feet.

If you are searching for more information on cavy cages then be sure to check out TW Bell’s site. TW Bell has been involved in the pet business for 20 years. Surf by to see our guinea pig hutches to see if they work for your home.

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