How to prepare a guinea pig cage
Are you thinking of getting a cute and cuddly guinea pig? Well, if you are, then you'll want to know how to set up their living space properly. Don't worry, it's easy and fun!
What do guinea pigs need in their cage?
1. First things first, make sure you choose a big enough cage for your furry friend. Guinea pigs need plenty of space to play and explore, so make sure their home is at least 7.5 square feet (0.7 m²). You can add some ramps or multiple levels for extra space.
2. Next, choose safe and cosy bedding for your guinea pig. Avoid cedar and pine shavings as they can cause respiratory issues. You can use paper-based bedding, fleece, or wood shavings (as long as they're untreated and not from pine or cedar!). PeapodMats are a popular choice among guinea pig owners as they're waterproof, washable and easy to care for. PeapodMats also come in handy if one of your guinea pigs (or you) is allergic to wood shavings or hay dust. You can also use a PeapodMat to protect the carpet during your guinea pig's time out of the cage.
3. Your guinea pig will need a cosy hideaway to feel secure and private. A wooden hut or igloo-style hideout works great, just make sure it's the right size for your guinea pig.
4. Don't forget to include some fun toys and enrichment items for your guinea pig. They're curious animals that need stimulation, so tunnels, chew toys, and balls are great options. Just make sure they're made from non-toxic materials.
5. Food and water are essential for your guinea pig's health. Provide a fresh supply of water every day and feed them a diet high in fibre and vitamin C. Fresh veggies, fruits, high-quality pellets or hey are great options.
6. Finally, keeping your guinea pig's cage clean is important for their health and happiness. Spot-clean the cage daily, and clean the entire cage with mild soap and water once a week. Disinfect any toys or accessories too!
With these tips, your guinea pig will have a cosy and comfortable living space. Taking good care of your guinea pig will help keep them healthy, happy, and ready to play!
How to clean a guinea pig's cage
Keeping a clean and tidy cage is crucial for the health and happiness of your pet guinea pig. To start, remove your guinea pig from the cage and transfer it to a safe area. Remove all the bedding and litter from the cage and dispose of it properly. Use a mild detergent and warm water to clean the cage thoroughly, making sure to scrub all surfaces and corners. Rinse the cage with clean water and dry it with a towel or let it air dry. Replace the bedding and litter with fresh, clean materials and return your guinea pig to its clean and comfortable home.
Regularly cleaning your guinea pig's cage can help prevent illnesses and provide a comfortable living space for your furry friend. It's recommended to clean up your pet's cage daily (quick clean, to remove all dirt) and depending on the type, bedding should be changed every week to two weeks.
PeapodMats are a popular choice among guinea pig owners as they're easy to wash and dry so they're ready to use again once the cage has been washed. It's an eco-friendly solution and reduces additional waste when using shavings or other bedding types.
*This information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian.