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    Cage Size Standards

# of Pigs

Minimum

PREFERRED

generally

in grids

in grids
 7.5 sq ft more is better 30" x 36" 2x3 grids 27" x 41"
 7.5 sq ft 10.5 sq feet   30" x 50" 2x4 grids 27" x 56"
10.5 sq ft   13 sq feet 30" x 62" 2x5 grids 27" x 71"
  13 sq ft more is better 30" x 76" 2x6 grids 27" x 84"

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. 

Benefits of MORE SPACE

Exercise in General

The health benefit of exercise for guinea pigs is significant. Like humans, overweight guinea pigs have a higher tendency toward health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, bladder infections, respiratory problems, bumblefoot, and more.

Adult males can develop a condition called impaction -- a loss of muscle tone in the anal area, causing their droppings to get 'backed up' and require periodic cleaning by their guardians. A large cage with ample room for exercise can help keep your guinea pig toned and fit.

Adult females tend to put on weight in their belly as they get older. It's more difficult to find and diagnose ovarian cysts and other related problems in females when they are overweight.

Exercise on Their Schedule

Not yours. Even if you provide an ample amount of floor time every day, your guinea pigs need to be able to exercise and explore on their own body clocks. Guinea pig activity tends to be an hour "on" and an hour "off." Many are particularly active in the morning and evening -- not necessarily at times that are convenient for you. If they have a large enough cage, they can exercise whenever they choose.

Stimulation

Like people, guinea pigs get bored living in the same old small cage hour after hour, day after day, year after year with nothing much to do. It would be like 'being sent to your room' forever, only your room is the size of a walk-in closet and that becomes your life. You have to entertain yourself, eat, sleep, and 'go to the bathroom' all in that small space -- until you die. Even if you are hauled out and allowed to 'play' with some other species periodically, it's a mind-numbing, dreary existence.

Keeping the Peace

If you have two or more non-breeding or same-sex guinea pigs (as you should, since they are social animals), it helps keep them happy with each other if they have enough room to run and play and to get away from each other when they choose.

Easier to Clean

Believe it or not, a larger cage is much easier to clean and keep clean than the smaller pet store or commercial cages. You can read other people's experiences in the Testimonials and find out more about how to clean the cage on the cleaning page. And an easier to clean cage for you means you'll love your guinea pigs that much more over the years.

More Fun for You

Happy guinea pigs are more entertaining and well-adjusted guinea pigs. Healthy guinea pigs means fewer vet visits, worries, and bills. Easy-to-maintain guinea pigs means a happier relationship with your animals. You'll spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying them and your life, especially knowing they are doing so well and you are doing the right thing by them.

 

 

Habitats & Cages
 
  1. Deluxe My First Large Small Pet Home - PetSmart

    Deluxe My First Large Small Pet Home

    Our Price: $79.99


  2. All Living Things® Deluxe Guinea Pig Kit - PetSmart

    All Living Things® Deluxe Guinea Pig Kit

    Our Price: $49.99


  3. Prevue Small Animal Homes with Stand - PetSmart

    Prevue Small Animal Homes with Stand

    Our Price: $109.99 to 129.99
  4. My Deluxe Home, Giant - PetSmart

    My Deluxe Home, Giant

    Our Price: $89.99


  5. Ware Manufacturing Deluxe XL Home Sweet Home Cage - PetSmart

    Ware Manufacturing Deluxe XL Home Sweet Home Cage

    Our Price: $69.99


  6. Super Pet My First Home for Small Pets - PetSmart

    Super Pet My First Home for Small Pets

    Our Price: $39.99


  7. Super Pet My First Home Extra Large Cage - PetSmart

    Super Pet My First Home Extra Large Cage

    Our Price: $69.99


  8. Super Pet Welcome Home Hutch - PetSmart

    Super Pet Welcome Home Hutch

    Our Price: $119.99
  9. Small Animal Cage on Stand - PetSmart

    Small Animal Cage on Stand

    Our Price: $79.99
  10. Super Pet Habitat Defined Home for Guinea Pigs - PetSmart

    Super Pet Habitat Defined Home for Guinea Pigs

    Our Price: $119.99


  11. All Living Things® Home Sweet Home Small Animal Homes - PetSmart

    All Living Things® Home Sweet Home Small Animal Homes

    Our Price: $27.99 to 37.99


  12. All Living Things® Chew Proof Guinea Pig Home - 36 inch - PetSmart

    All Living Things® Chew Proof Guinea Pig Home - 36 inch

    Our Price: $44.99


  13. All Living Things® Small Animal Cage - 24 inch - PetSmart

    All Living Things® Small Animal Cage - 24 inch

    Our Price: $29.99


  14. All Living Things® Guinea Pig Starter Kit - PetSmart

    All Living Things® Guinea Pig Starter Kit

    Our Price: $34.99


  15. All Living Things® Chew-Proof Penthouse - PetSmart

    All Living Things® Chew-Proof Penthouse

    Our Price: $109.99


  16. Clean Living Playpen Cover - PetSmart

    Clean Living Playpen Cover

    Our Price: $14.99


  17. Large Clean Living Playpen - PetSmart

    Large Clean Living Playpen

    Our Price: $39.99


  18. Prevue Jumbo Small Pet Home with Stand - PetSmart

    Prevue Jumbo Small Pet Home with Stand

    Our Price: $95.99
  19. All Living Things® Small Animal Playpens - PetSmart

    All Living Things® Small Animal Playpens

    Our Price: $17.99 to 41.99


  20. All Living Things 24 Small Animal Cage, White - PetSmart

    All Living Things 24 Small Animal Cage, White

    Our Price: $39.99
You can purchase any of these items at: Pet Smart Guinea Pig Cages