There are many different types of cages for guinea pigs but it is very important to find the right one as this is where they will be spending most of their lives.
Inside or outside?
If you are going to keep your guinea pigs inside, you should be keeping them in a well insulated, well heated shed with enough protection from vandals and predators.
A hutch like this is most unsuitable! Look at the dark cramped conditions!
Guinea pigs are incredibly vulnerable creatures. They don’t have any means of protection against ferrets that can dig their way under a cage and get inside to kill the residents. Foxes, cats, and dogs are all well able to get inside a hutch and cage like this…
Unfortunately predators are not the only dangerous things for guinea pigs. Extreme weather can be deadly! Guinea pigs have a temperature range from 30-40 similar to humans! So their outside temperature range should remain between 18-24 degrees Celsius. If the temperature goes higher then that, they may get heatstroke if they don’t have any cool shady places to lie in.
Not Pigloos! Pigloos are well known for trapping heat and being warmer inside then outside. A guinea pig seeking a shady place in a hot run may get heatstroke in a pigloo.
If the temperature goes lower then 13! Your guinea pig will be in danger of getting hypothermia, respiratory infections and possibly pneumonia. Either way, your guinea pig could die.
I’m not trying to put you off! 🌟
However, too many people think that cages for guinea pigs are simply a hutch and run in the garden. Then they are surprised when their guinea pig dies suddenly from no apparent cause.
Vandals & Thieves
In some horrific cases. Guinea pigs are stolen or attacked in their hutch. Anybody can walk in while you are not there, night or day and… Its too horrible to think.
Now do you want to keep your guinea pigs outside?
Indoor cages for guinea pigs!
You may have already heard of a C&C cage 🙂 C&C cages stand for cubes and coroplast. The cubes are used from these wire shelving units and the bottom is a large sheet of coroplast.
Despite being small, these cages are sturdy and have the ability to be attached to another cages! Each one comes with a door that opens on the inside. This door can be turned into a ramp from one cage to the next!
The downside about these cages is that the bottom and ramp cover can be chewed. Therefore, to keep it lasting you would need to have something on top. Fleece blankets pegged around the outside usually prevent guinea pigs from gnawing the edges!
It is really important that you expand the cage because just one of these is not enough. Guinea pigs need lots of space to run around in and you don’t want the extra cleaning!
Pet store cages
Most pet store cages are far too small for guinea pigs. They are more like extraordinarily large litter boxes with a wire grid on top! Can YOU imagine spending the rest of your life in one of these? Nope! Me neither! Even if I was only ten centimeters tall.
The departments that design these cages seem to have gotten it completely mixed up! This cage, above, would be ideal for a rat enclosure! Provided that the bar spacing was smaller and you added some ladders and levels!
On the other hand! Chicken coops like this one would be teeny tiny for chickens, but perfect for rabbits and guinea pigs! Again, provided that the ramp was a little less steep.
Some people do buy these chicken coops for their guinea pigs and adjust the ramp for ease of use. I would also recommend adding a plank of wood on the bottom of that doorway to prevent anybody escaping while you come in!
Remember, this coop would be for a playpen outside, or an indoor cage. Guinea pigs do not cope well outside long term!