Buying the perfect cage for a guinea pig is challenging because may brands lump guinea pig cages in with other small animal cages. Most cages are labeled as suitable for a guinea pig, rabbits, rats, ferrets, etc. It’s hard to believe all of these different animals have the same needs, which leads to confusion. We’ve chosen ten different brands of guinea pig cages to review for you. We’ll tell you everything we like and don’t like about each one so you can get an idea of the differences there may be between brands, as well as the different available features. We’ve also included a short buyer’s guide where we take a close look at the guinea pig cage to see what requirements they have to lead a healthy and fulfilled life.
Join us while we take an in-depth look at the guinea pig cage and discuss size, levels, hiding places, ease of assembly, and more to help you make an educated purchase.
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The 10 Best Guinea Pig Cages – Reviews 2021
Here are the ten brands we have chosen to review for you.
1. Prevue Pet Products Small Animal Cage – Best Overall
The Prevue Pet Products Small Animal Cage is our pick for the best overall guinea pig cage. This durable cage features two doors, one on top and one on the side that allows easy access to all areas of the cage. The cage is powder coated with a non-toxic coating that helps prevent rust and corrosion. The large cage is easy to move on rolling caster wheels, so the cage is accessible and easy to clean.
The only real problem we had with the Prevue Pet Products Small Animal Cage was the assembly. It includes step by step instructions, but the pieces aren’t labeled, so it’s not always easy to tell which part is in your hands.
2. Ware Home Sweet Home Plastic Small Animal Cage – Best Value
The Ware Home Sweet Home Plastic Small Animal Cage is our pick for the best guinea pig cage for the money. This cage features a secure front door that your guinea pig won’t work open, andit’s available in a variety of colors to suit any taste. The deep plastic base helps keep the house contents inside until it’s time for cleaning. It features no-tool assembly, and the powder-coated cage clips firmly on to the plastic base.
The biggest downside to the Ware Home Sweet Home Plastic Small Animal Cage is that it’s a little small for a permanent home unless you plan on allowing your guinea pig plenty of free roam time outside the cage. This cage is better suited for travel.
3. MidWest Critter Nation Deluxe Small Animal Cage – Premium Choice
The MidWest Critter Nation Deluxe Small Animal Cage is our premium choice guinea pig cage. It features an adjustable platform and ramp that you can use to give you guinea pig somewhere to explore. Full-width doors make managing your pet and cleaning the cage easier, while an undercarriage shelf provides plenty of space to store your supplies. It has smooth rolling caster wheels, so it’s easy to maneuver the cage around your home.
We liked using the MidWest Critter Nation Deluxe Small Animal Cage, and it’s hard to find any fault with it besides its high price tag. Assembling the cage was a bit of a challenge, but instructions are clear and easy to follow.
4. MidWest Guinea Habitat
The MidWest Guinea Habitat is a floor-bound cage that provides your pet with eight square feet of living space. It has 14-inch all floors and a canvas bottom. Its modular design allows you to connect multiple units to create new habitats, should your guinea pig population grow. It’s easy to assemble and doesn’t require any tools.
The MidWest Guinea Habitat has a few problems. The sides are very flimsy, and while none of our guinea pigs escaped, we have little faith that it will last long. The canvas bottom is no better than the sides and is a thin material that provides little protection from the floor. Also, you must purchase the top of the cage separately.
5. Ferplast Cavie 80 Guinea Pig Cage
The Ferplast Cavie 80 Guinea Pig Cage is a fancy looking cage with plenty of cool features. This model has a raised platform where you can place the included food bowl. Below the raised platform is a hiding spot where your guinea pig can get some alone time. A full-length door allows for easy cleaning and maintenance, and an extra deep pan makes sure there’s no mess outside the cage.
The downside to the Ferplast Cavie 80 Guinea Pig Cage is that it’s incredibly flimsy. The cage, as well as the bottom, are not too stable and bend easily. The clips that hold the top part onto the plastic bottom do not hold it very secure, and we broke a clip on our first cleaning. The included water bottle is also thin, and the overall size of the cage is small for a guinea pig, so this is only suitable as a temporary or travel cage.
6. Mcage Guinea Pig Cage
The Mcage Guinea Pig Cage features three platforms and two ramps that provide your pet with three levels plus a base for your pet to explore. The cage is corrosion-resistant and has a non-toxic epoxy finish that helps prevent rust. Two front doors allow easy access to the inside, and a removable raised grate floor makes cleaning a lot easier. It also folds down for easy storage and travel.
There are a few downsides to the Mcage Guinea Pig Cage, though. The shallow tray that comes with it will not keep the contents in the cage, so there was often a mess around the outside. The bars are close together, but around the door, there are large gaps that some smaller pets might squeeze through. Also, the top platform is a bit high, and some pets might get hurt if they fall.
7. Living World 61859A1 Deluxe Habitat
The Living World 61859A1 Deluxe Habitat is a large, attractive cage, with a rounded top. It features a non-toxic epoxy coating that will resist rust and corrosion. It comes with a raised platform that has a hiding space below to give your pet some privacy. On the raised platform Is a tip-proof feeding bowl, and it also comes with a water bottle. Ths cage even features a small balcony your pet can use. Assembly is easy and doesn’t require tools, and since the top comes off, it’s easy to clean.
Some downsides of the Living World 61859A1 Deluxe Habitat include its flimsy bottom that bends and can crack easily. The sliding door Is rough and difficult to slide open and closed. The platform is not very secure, and if your guinea pig is a decorator, you will often find the platform out of place in the morning. The water bottle is also very flimsy, and our pet chewed it up quickly.
8. Kaytee 100509410 My First Home
The Kaytee 100509410 My First Home is a fancy-style guinea pig cage that features two raised platforms with two wavy ramps to access them. A door on top and a door on the side make it easy to manage your pet. The doors feature chew-proof latches, so you won’t have to worry about escape, and caster wheels make it easy to move around your home for cleaning or to provide new scenery for your pet.
What we didn’t like about the Kaytee 100509410 My First Home was that it was impossible to assemble. The pieces didn’t fit together well and required a lot of careful force to get them in place. Once you get it together, you don’t want to take it apart, so cleaning is a challenge. You must scrub the cage down using the small top and front doors. There is no removable waste tray like on many other brands. Also, all of the plastic is flimsy and would flex and buckle under the weight of our guinea pig as he moved over it. There is a divider in the middle, and once you have the two platforms in place, there is not much room in the cage for the guinea pig. This page is best as a travel or temporary home.
9. AmazonBasics 9011-1 c Cage Habitat
The AmazonBasics 9011-1 c Cage Habitat is a large cage that comes in multiple sizes to best suit your pet. It features a sizeable full-width opening lid and a double side door. Inside is a food platform that creates a hiding place below to give your pet some quiet time. It’s easy to assemble and doesn’t require tools.
The downside to the AmazonBasics 9011-1 c Cage Habitat is that the top doors sag when locked in place, so you can’t place anything on top, and if you cat a small cat, it could get inside. The ramp to the platform is slippery, and we caught our guinea pig sliding down, so it’s not too safe. One last problem we had is that the cage is a few inches smaller than advertised.
10. SONGMICS Small Animal Cage
The SONGMICS Small Animal Cage is the final guinea pig cage on our list. This model features a water-resistant fabric floor with high sides that will help keep the contents inside the cage. The bottom of the mat doesn’t slide, and the legs also have non-slip rubber pads that prevent the cage from moving and protect your floor from scratches. Assembly is easy, and it comes with a rubber mallet to help get the parts together.
The downside is the flimsy metal, the SONGMICS Small Animal Cage. It bends easily and doesn’t stand firm. When you first set it up, the straps pull tight, and the sides are straight, but over time the sides begin to sag. If you don’t catch the sagging in time, your guinea pig might escape. The velcro is low-quality and doesn’t stick well. If your pet is a chewer, they could get through the bottom. The canvas isn’t very thick, and it stains, so it’s hard to clean.
Let’s take a close look at the guinea pig cage to see what essential features you need to look out for as you shop.
The most important thing to consider when purchasing a cage for your guinea pig is the size. Guinea pigs need a lot of space to exercise, so they require a bigger cage than many other rodents. The Humane Society recommends a minimum of 7.5-square feet for a single hamster with a recommended size of 30 x 36 inches.
Guinea pigs are not big climbers. They like a raised platform for their dinner plate, but they do not require a multi-level complex. In fact, your guinea pig can fall from a high platform and be injured.
We recommend opting for more horizontal space over vertical space, which will provide your guinea pig with room to run. A single platform creates a dining area for your pet, where you can place the dinner bowl. It also makes a safe, private place below where your pet can hide.
A Guinea pig’s teeth are continually growing, so they need to chew to keep them at a healthy, manageable size. Since you never know what they will decide to grind their teeth on, you will need to be careful that and coating on the bars is non-toxic. In some cases, they can also chew through the flooring, especially when using canvas type bottoms.
We recommend cages coated with a non-toxic powder or epoxy coating, with a plastic base whenever possible. Plastic is harder to chew through, and it does not stain as easily as the canvas.
The tray is what folds the hay, bedding, and droppings. If the tray is too shallow, it will allow these items to spill on to the floor around the cage. We recommend a tray at least three inches tall to help keep contaminants inside the cage.
When choosing a guinea pig cage, it’s mostly about the horizontal space. The Prevue Pet Products Small Animal Cage is our pick for the best overall, and it has plenty of room inside. It’s also easy to clean and rolls on caster wheels. If you need a temporary cage, travel cage, or a second cage, the Ware Home Sweet Home Plastic Small Animal Cage is a great choice. Besides being our choice for the best value, it has a durable, deep plastic base and a powder-coated cage.
We hope you have enjoyed reading over our reviews, and our buyer’s guide has cleared up any questions you had. If you have found it helpful, please share these ten best guinea pig cages on Facebook and Twitter.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.