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Your Guinea Pigs' Home
Bigger is better! For the health and well-being of your guinea pigs, beyond the minimums, provide as large a living area as you can manage. Cubes and Coroplast (C&C) cages are an easy and inexpensive alternative to the small cages used by breeders and those sold at pet stores. Follow the minimum cage size standards of 7.5 or 10.5 square feet and you will see your own guinea pig's behavior improve significantly. Enjoy the new antics of your happier, healthier, and perkier guinea pigs in their proper environment.
*Note: Most panels (or cubes
or grids) are 14 inches square; the grid dimensions quoted
also allow for the connectors between the grids, so one panel or cube is
wider than one foot. DO NOT use grids with inner
square spaces greater than 1.5 inches. Make
sure you are using the right kind. Some brands, such as those from
K*Mart are a different size (15 inches) and will require different measurements
or overlapping some grids using cable ties rather than connectors.
Remember, measure twice, cut once.
*Warning: Babies, very young or very small guinea pigs, and pregnant mothers require some temporary additional height on the sides of the cage (it's easy to do). In addition, any wire hay rack should be used with caution with very small guinea pigs. See the Cage Safety page for instructions and suggestions.
The old breeder-espoused cage standards of 2 or 4 square feet are dead and no longer apply. The new standards have been proven out over the years with worldwide adoption and success. Read some of the Testimonials here and surf through the many internet guinea pig forums, lists and groups with unending positive results demonstrating improved health and well-being of guinea pigs everywhere. For further reading about 'why bigger cages' see the Benefits section below, the About Us page, and the References page.
Why So Big?Pet store-sized cages are glorified litter boxes. Should any animal be forced to live in a litter box? We think not. Does 7.5 square feet sound like a lot? It's not really. It is only 30" x 36". In the grander scheme of things, it is still a very small environment for your cavy. Exercise and exploration space are very important for their long-term health and happiness. Cavies need enough room to do "full-tilt laps." Upper levels should not be counted in providing the minimum square footage. In fact, ramps used to provide access to the upper deck usually take away from downstairs exercise space and count against square footage.