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Video:Setting Up a Guinea Pig Habitat

with Phil London

Keep your pet Guinea pig happy with a great home. See how to setup a Guinea pig habitat that your little piggy will love.See Transcript

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Transcript:Setting Up a Guinea Pig Habitat

Hi, I’m Phil London, form Pet Guy Central in Suffern, New York. Here for About.com. Today we’ll discuss the habitat for your guinea pig.

The Bottom of the Cage

Started off making sure that the cage that we got, besides the wire grating that we got for the side, that you wind up with your solid plastic bottom on the cage. That there’s no grating for him to get his toes caught in.

Cage Bedding

To start off, the easiest way is to go with your bedding. A lot of kids like the recycled newspaper bedding because it comes in a lot of bright colors. It’s one of those hypo-allergenic beddings. At this point I’ve put down a quarter to a half an inch of bedding all along the bottom of the enclosure pan here. It’s covering every area where he possibly could go to the bathroom.

You can litter box train them. And at that point they do make litter boxes for these guys that you can wind up instead of filling your entire littler box cage, just have your box in the corner full. Don’t be discouraged if yours is one of the few who doesn’t catch on. Now, this cage here that I have chosen came with a second level in it which is nice for the guinea pig. It also comes with a second food dish. One that you can have your dried food in and another one for your fresh fruits and vegetables.

Assembling a Cage

Unfold it, and snap all the corners in completely. They snap right in most of the time. This cage winds up locking right into the base. When you have to clean it all you have to do is lift up the cage, put it on the floor, and now you have somewhere that will contain your guinea pig.

Allow Space For Exercise

I prefer to give animals as much size in their living environment as possible. So that if you don’t happen to be able to give them the time for their exercise they still can get it in their enclosures. We also wind up putting an exercise wheel in for the just in case. They make some nice plastic exercise wheels where there’s no spacing for his toes to get caught as he’s in there. You want to make sure to put it low enough down on the cage that your animal can actually get in and use it. But not low enough down that it’s hitting the bottom of the cage and it won’t spin at all.

Opening the Cage

This cage also, it opens from the top and from the front. So it makes it easier to get your animal in and out. This second level also doubles as a hide spot so that it feels a little bit sheltered. Cages also come with some side clips. Just wind up kind of clipping onto your bars and again clipping onto the base, so you’re actually able to pick up and move the entire thing.

Food Dishes and Water Bottles

With our main food dish I really recommend a ceramic food dish as they chew on it it actually doesn’t wear down well, ceramic is a very hard material to get through. It also winds up being dishwasher safe.

For a water bottle I usually recommend something. At least 16 ounces. You want to make sure to change your water on a daily basis. Also, you want to make sure with any of the water bottles that you don’t fill them all the way up because then it willlcreat a suction inside the bottle, so that the animal will not be able to get any water out. So you make sure to fill it up and still leave a little bubble of air inside. You have to place it a little low so that your guinea pig’s able to get at it. Wrap the wire around and it hooks right on to the bars.

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