ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Guinea Pig Hutches - Factors in Choosing One

Updated on September 9, 2010

What is a guinea pig hutch?

A rabbit guinea pig hutch should be as comfortable as the natural environment of our pet guinea pig, and to some extent, even a baby chinchilla. They should be large enough to give ample room for our furry little friend and his companions to run around in. Guinea pigs hutches are widely available online and in most, if not all pet stores around the country. They can be bought either pre-assembled or you can just do the assembling at home. Outdoor cages should at least have a decent roof to protect our pets from the heat of the sun and the rain while indoor hutches can be made of simple yet sturdy materials.

Guinea Pigs Without Hutches
Guinea Pigs Without Hutches

Some tips before buying your very own hutch

For guinea pigs to be comfortable in a guinea pigs hutch, or chinchilla cages, it needs to be at least 2 feet wide and 2 feet tall. This ratio is 8 sq. ft. for each cavy and may be increased proportionally if more than 1 guinea pig is to live in it. Guinea pigs are social animals and should never be raised alone. In some countries it is even illegal to sell just one guinea pig to a pet seeker who does not have another guinea pig at home. Because of this, the most common cage sizes is at least 12 to 15 sq. ft. in size and is built mainly to house at least 2 guinea pigs. They are mostly square shaped but there are many other designs to choose from.

Their homes should be well ventilated but placed in areas that are not too drafty. Guinea pigs have a body temperature that is almost similar to humans and can thrive in colder weather compared to warm to hot weather. For this reason, fans should be placed near the cage during extremely hot summer months to avoid letting our pets get over heated.

Guinea pigs love to move around and are very lively when they do not sense any form of danger around them, so, even chinchilla toys will provide some form of entertainment. Cages that have room for mazes and paths are a good choice for your pet and they are even smart enough to remember paths even if the borders have been removed. Exercise wheels can be placed at the bottom of the guinea pig cage hutch for them but it has to be made with a smooth surface so as not to injure their feet. They enjoy moving around a lot but are not the type to jump; they could injure themselves as their bodies are not agile enough to absorb shock from the fall.

A Guinea Pig Hutch
A Guinea Pig Hutch
Another Guinea Pig Hutch
Another Guinea Pig Hutch

These cages should be made of wires or fine chicken wire for the sides with a plastic bottom. A wooden floor tends to absorb urine and will later encourage bacterial growth not to mention foul ammonia like odor which will permeate from the cage. The floor surface and other parts of the cage that will be crawled upon by the guinea pig should be made of materials that will protect his feet as they are tender and sensitive. One side of the hutch must be completely covered giving them protection from the elements and some privacy as well. The rest of the cage may be made of wires so that they will encourage air to circulate inside.

Final Tips

A guinea pig hutch may set you back at least around $100 dollars for the decently made ones. Cheaper cages may be too small or flimsy for your pet and may not last for long. They can be pre-assembled or you can just assemble them at home using basic tools like a screwdriver or a hammer. Those that prefer to do the assembling themselves may need to ask for an instruction manual in order to get things done the right way. There are those who choose to make a statement with their pets’ cage and choose to just make them from scratch. This may take a lot of time but will save you some money. The other choice is to just look for those who have put up their own cages for sale. Lastly, you can even choose to build guinea pig hutch on your own. This can be both a good or bad option as you do not know the health of the guinea pigs that used to live in them. They may come cheap and ready to use but it would be better if you did a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the hutch before letting loose your pet in it. Some minor repairs might need to be done but those cages that are really dilapidated should not even be considered at all.

Just like most chinchillas for sale needs a chinchilla dust bath, guinea pigs too need their own share of protection and shelter, which can be achieved through guinea pig hutches.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Guinea Pig Hutch 

      7 years ago

      Great tips! Been thinking of making my own hutch, and your tips actually give some good ideas. I'm sure my guineas will love moving into a new home! Thanks!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)