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Guide to Guinea Pig Cage Bottoms
Living in a state of luxury all their life, guinea pigs need roomy cages with deep floors. Cage bottoms should be solid and easy to clean. It’s important that it doesn’t rust easily and is sturdy enough for the weight of your piggies.
Types of Guinea Pig cage bottoms
These floors can be found in most wooden cages sold in pet shops and these types of cage bottoms work very well for guinea pigs. They’re not sliding around and they’re easy to clean, just sweep up any droppings from between the grates. The only problem is wood absorbs odors quite quickly so you’ll have to replace your cage bottom more often than if it were made from plastic or metal.
Another common type of cage bottom is made from metal. They’re not as easy to clean as wooden floors but they usually fit firmly into the corners and don’t rust as some wooden cages do. Metal can be easily cleaned with a scouring pad and regular soap and water, just make sure it doesn’t rust.
Plastic grid bottom
This type of floor comes in many different types, such as plastic mesh (pictured below), nylon corrugated grids, and hard clear plastic panels. You can find all of these at your local hardware or plastics store for less than $5 per sheet! If you’re handy, you could even try making one yourself – just replace the wood on the sides with plywood or tin siding, and nail the plastic grid onto that. These floors are great because they’re easy to clean, lightweight, and very sturdy. But since they don’t have a grated surface, guinea pigs can slide around more easily on these floors so it’s best to use some type of mat or carpet for grip.
A comfortable resting spot is a must for your piggies’ cage. Grated metal, plastic grids, and hard plastic panels all make it difficult to put bedding down on the floor without it getting caught in between the bars or panels. If you want to add bedding material such as shavings or liners onto these types of floors, simply cut out a piece of rug large enough to fit across the entire floor. Carpet works great because it’s strong, easy to clean, and provides comfort for your guinea pigs – but not all carpets are created equal.
Best Guinea Pig Cage Bottoms – FAQ
What can I use for the bottom of my guinea pig cage?
Do use wood or hay bedding
Can guinea pigs have to wire bottom cages?
It really isn’t good for them to do so at all. They will hurt themselves and there is a real danger that they will trap their feet in the wire and get injured. Guinea pigs’ feet are also very sensitive and delicate and the wire will irritate their feet as they tread on it.
Can guinea pig cages be on the floor?
Don’t put cages on the floor for the following reasons: Socialization of the piggies: You are a walking giant to them when they are on the floor. If guinea pigs are on the floor, it is too easy for children to get to them and too easy for toy and play accidents to happen.
What is the best bedding for guinea pig cages?
We recommend paper bedding, Aspen, or a blend of the two to those new to guinea pigs. Fleece also can be used but with fleece, you’ll notice guinea pigs’ poop more and need to sweep it (as well hay and other debris) of the fleece daily.
Do guinea pigs like blankets?
Guinea pigs love soft fabrics. They will roll around in a towel and blanket in your home. Guinea pigs adore the warmth and softness of such materials. These materials provide all manner of entertainment and comfort to guinea pigs.
Do guinea pigs like to be in the dark?
Do the guinea pigs like sleeping in the dark
Do guinea pigs need a wheel?
Guinea pigs do not need exercise wheels and balls to exercise and stay active. While these products can be used for other pets such as hamsters and mice, they can be dangerous for guinea pigs. Prolonged periods in an exercise wheel may cause your guinea pigs to suffer from spinal injuries.
Can guinea pigs have a wire floor?
The floor of your guinea pig’s habitat should be solid—made of plastic or plastic-covered wood. So, for the sake of safety and comfort, never place your guinea pig in a habitat with a wire floor. Another safe alternative to wire-floored habitats is ones with plastic-slat flooring.
Will guinea pigs use multi-level cages?
Why you shouldn’t get a guinea pig?
Because they are fragile. They are faddy eaters and need a constant supply of hay, vegetables, and vitamin C or their complex digestive systems will stop working. Two: they hate temperature change. Anything warmer than 80 degrees and they can boil to death; anything colder than five degrees and they will freeze.
Is it bad to keep a guinea pig in your bedroom?
Yes, it is entirely safe to keep your guinea pigs in a bedroom if you can ensure the temperature and airflow of the room is good enough for your piggies. A guinea pig can live comfortably in a temperature range of 18°C to 24°C. Anything above or below that can be bad for their health.
Is it cruel to keep guinea pigs indoors?
Guinea pigs are curious and like to see what’s going on, so they can be kept either indoors or out. However, they have sensitive hearing so, unless your home is quiet, they are usually happiest outdoors. Do not keep guinea pigs – or any other animals – in a garage used to keep vehicles because the fumes can kill them.
How do I stop my guinea pig from pooping everywhere?
Then here are some things you can do:
Make sure that the amount of hay in your guinea pigs’ diet is sufficient enough to provide them with the required fiber.
Make sure your guinea pigs drink more water.
Reduce fruits or other sensitive food in their diet.
Clean their cage regularly.
What is the cheapest bedding for guinea pigs?
I’ve even ordered confetti-colored paper bedding because it was the cheapest choice. An even cheaper option, in the long run, is to use fleece. Lots of guinea-pig owners prefer to use fleece to line their cages because it’s reusable and they feel it’s more comfortable for their guinea pigs.
Can I use felt for guinea pig bedding?
In contrast, flannel doesn’t have the same moisture-wicking properties as fleece so it will remain damp, creating an unhealthy and unhygienic environment for your guinea pig. Felt acts in a similar manner, soaking up liquids and remaining wet rather than allowing them to pass through.
What do guinea pigs hate?
Guinea pigs are scared of other animals, especially larger than themselves. They are also afraid of predator pets such as cats or dogs, which is quite normal. It’s not advisable to keep your guinea pigs with other pets. Some people do keep their guinea pigs with rabbits, but even this combination is not the best one.
Do guinea pigs miss their owners?
Do guinea pigs recognize their owners?
Do guinea pigs understand kisses?
Guinea pigs do not kiss each other, but they definitely can learn what it means. Many guinea pigs enjoyed being kissed on the top of their head. They will understand the love and affection from you, but they don’t show it in the same manner. They show their affection by licking you.
How do guinea pigs show affection?
Guinea pigs do a good bit of licking. A guinea pig might also lick their person’s fingers/hand, which can be a sign of affection — after all, that’s how guinea pigs show affection to one another. Or the guinea pig might just like the taste of a person’s skin.
Do guinea pigs poop when you hold them?
He has only peed once. I’ve only ever had a pig pee on someone once and it was after he was being held for a LONG time. They are generally good about not pooping on humans, but they want to poop so please give them breaks and put them on a towel for a few minutes at a time when holding them.