If you’re looking to add guinea pigs to your family but you’re a little limited on available space, this post is for you! Today, we’re going to discuss guinea pig cage ideas for small spaces. More specifically, we are going to talk about making the most of the space that you have available. Let’s get started!
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One of the most common questions that I am asked since starting Shed Happens is ‘Which pet is the best choice for a child?’
While there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to this question, guinea pigs are often at the top of my list. Why?
Guinea pigs are incredibly gentle and patient pets that don’t mind being handled by your child (with proper supervision, of course).
They are also social and talkative, allowing your child to connect with their pet and create a real bond.
As for the responsibility and work involved, guinea pigs are relatively easy to care for.
Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t hands off. However, their daily care is fairly simple and straight forward for newer pet owners or those who are interested in getting their children involved.
Related: ‘What Is the Best Pet for Apartment Living?‘
There is one need that is often overlooked when bringing a guinea pig into the home, and that is the amount of space that a guinea pig needs to be happy in their habitat.
Unlike other small animals, guinea pigs cannot safely use an exercise wheel.
The shape and stature of their bodies are not compatible with the way the exercise wheels operate, often leading to back and leg injuries.
Instead, a guinea pig needs a habit that offers enough floor space to move around freely.
The Humane Society of the United States recommends a bare minimum of 7.5 square feet for a single guinea pig, with the space needed increasing for additional pets (obviously).
It’s also important to note that this is the floor space requirement.
These needs cannot be met by adding additional floors to take advantage of vertical space.
So, the question remains, how do you provide a comfortable habitat for a guinea pig when your space is limited?
3 Guinea Pig Cage Ideas for Small Spaces
#1 – Configure the Pen to Maximize Your Space
Most commercially available guinea pig cages won’t meet the space requirements for your new pet.
For this reason, many experienced owners will recommend building your own C&C (cube & Coroplast) cage.
The best part about creating your own habitat is that you can customize it to the space that you have available.
For example, if the space available happens to be the corner of your room, you can maximize that space by setting up your cubes in a pyramid shape branching off from the corner.
Related: ‘DIY Frozen Vegetable Treats for Guinea Pigs‘
#2 – Make Use of Storage Space Above/Below the Pen
While you can’t make use of vertical space to add to your guinea pig’s habitat, it can be used to help fit the pen into your home.
How? By maximizing your use of the space above or below the pen itself.
One of the most creative set ups that I have seen was set up in a living room area.
It used 2 cube style storage shelves, arranged back-to-back with a piece of wood on top to create a solid surface for the pen.
The storage shelves were used to store guinea pig supplies, crafting supplies, and more.
The best part? The fabric storage cubes used looked sharp and organized despite the wide variety of different items hidden away inside.
Alternatively, your guinea pig pen could extend below other furniture or structures in your home (as long as there is sufficient space).
I had a friend in high school whose guinea pig pen was largely situated beneath their television stand, extending out to one side.
The space under a piece of furniture like a tv stand or end table is often wasted. Why not take advantage of it?
#3 – Consider Creative Locations for Your Guinea Pig’s Habitat
Finally, try thinking outside the box when it comes to the potential locations that can be used to accommodate your new pet.
I once saw someone that created a coffee table that was 2/3 guinea pig pen with a solid table along the one end.
Not only did they still have a place to sit down their drinks, but they also had their new best friend with them every time they were hanging out in their main living space.
Tap into that creativity! Just keep your guinea pig’s safety and happiness in mind…
Do you have any fun or unique guinea pig cage ideas for small spaces? I’d love to hear all about them in the comment section!