Guinea Pig (Cavia procellus)
Experience Level: Beginner
Step 1Choosing a Habitat
• Guinea Pigs are gentle, social and will enjoy the companionship of another Guinea Pig (house together only same gender pairs), as well as interaction with their Pet Parents.
• Your Guinea Pig needs a home with a solid floor, large enough for a (A) food dish, (B) water bottle, (C) hay manger and a hiding area.
• Multilevel homes are preferred since they provide additional space for exercising.
• Guinea Pigs are very active in their cages and will frequently run around when given enough room.
• Minimum cage size is 24x12x12".
Step 2Play and HIde
(D) Houses should be easily cleaned. Edible homes give the additional benefit of encouraging normal chewing behavior.
Exercise Pen (not pictured)
• When outside of the habitat, Guinea Pigs can enjoy exercise in a pen that corners off a portion of a room. All electrical cords should be put away before your Guinea Pig is allowed outside of the habitat.
• Guinea Pigs are very social but unneutered males and females should not be allowed to play together.
• Guinea Pigs should not be allowed to play with dogs or cats.
(E) Your Guinea Pig’s teeth never stop growing, so your pet needs lots of healthy things to chew on like treat sticks and chews. Chew toys should be available at all times.
(F) Guinea Pigs love to dig, so provide lots of clean aspen, pine or recycled paper bedding. Line the home with 4-5" of bedding.
• Cedar shavings are not recommended for small pets.
• Bedding should be spot cleaned weekly and completely changed monthly.