Welcome to our complete guide to the best indoor guinea pig cages. Including top tips for making your choice, and reviews of the best models.
Guinea pigs are so fascinating. They are also very cute. What’s not to love?
That being said, it can come as quite a surprise to new piggy owners that this cute, cuddly little furball has quite exacting care requirements!
The type of indoor guinea pig cage you choose to become your little piggie’s new home can have a huge impact on her health and wellbeing.
When it comes to guinea pig homes, size matters. So we’ll be letting you know how to pick the right space for your pets.
Plus, we have assembled a lovely curated list of the hands-down BEST indoor guinea pig cages for you to choose from!
In the list to follow, you will find cages suitable in size for one piggy (just in the case you have one who needs to be kept alone for some reason), as well as cages suitable in size for two piggies and more.
We will guide you right to the section that describes the guinea pig cages indoor for your piggies’ housing needs.
And now, without further ado, let’s dive right in to learning all about indoor guinea pig cages!
Guinea pig cage size
Caring veterinarians have already done the heavy lifting for us by outlining exactly what the dimensions should be for the ideal pet guinea pig indoor cage.
For a full and detailed look at this topic, we recommend this great article on the topic: “Guinea Pig Cage Size Guide & Where To Find The Best Indoor Guinea Pig Cages.”
But here’s a brief run-down of the figures.
For a single guinea pig’s indoor guinea pig cage
- You should aim to provide a minimum of seven square feet of floor space.
- The cage height should be 12 inches minimum and 18 inches maximum.
- Examples of suitable cage dimensions: 36 inches by 36 inches (91 cm by 91 cm), 42 inches by 24 inches (106 cm by 61 cm).
For two guinea pigs living together in an indoor guinea pig cage
- You should aim to provide a minimum of 9 square feet of floor space (11 square feet would be even better).
- The cage height should still be 12 inches minimum and 18 inches maximum.
- Example of suitable cage dimensions: 30 inches by 50 inches (76 cm by 127 cm)
For more than two guinea pigs living together in an indoor guinea pig cage
- You should aim to provide a minimum of 11 square feet of floor space (15 square feet would be even better).
- The cage height should still be 12 inches minimum and 18 inches maximum.
- Example of suitable cage dimensions: 30 inches by 76 inches (76 cm by 193 cm).
For four or more guinea pigs housed together
The vet-recommended cage height should not change with the addition of more guinea pigs to shared big indoor guinea pig cages. What does need to change is the amount of available square footage.
Whenever you add a new pig, veterinarians advise adding an additional 2 square feet of space at minimum for each new pig (4 square feet for each additional pig would be ideal).
But here, you might legitimately be wondering: why add just 2 to 4 square feet when a single piggie housed alone needs a total of 7 square feet of space?
The reason is that a single guinea pig won’t use all 7 square feet to run and play in. About 3 square feet will be divided into specific areas for eating and drinking, going to the bathroom, and hiding/sleeping. That leaves about 4 square feet for exercise and play.
With this factored in, for each additional pig you add to a shared living space, you will need provide an additional 2 to 4 square feet for that new guinea pig to run, exercise and just have some personal retreat space.
But your piggies, being quite social by nature, will happily share the spaces inside the cage that are reserved for eating, eliminating, foraging, and sleeping.
Why choose an indoor guinea pig cage?
Many first-time guinea pig owners automatically assume that domestic pet guinea pigs should be housed outdoors like their wild cavy cousins. But unlike wild cavies, pet guinea pigs have neither the instincts nor the early life skills and training to live outdoors full-time without significant modifications.
Spending some daily supervised time outdoors in the warm season can be both healthy and fun for your pet guinea pig. He may really enjoy running around and nibbling the fresh (fertilizer and pesticide-free) grass and exploring his surroundings under your watchful eye.
But at night and in colder or wet weather, it is often far safer and healthier to provide your sweet piggie with a secure indoor guinea pig house to live in.
With an indoor house, you have the kind of total control over his environment that ensures he lives healthy and happy for a long time.
Indoor guinea pig cage health and safety
Guinea pigs are not the greatest climbers in the world, and they don’t really like to climb.
For this reason, you don’t technically even have to put a top on any indoor guinea pig cage that is 12 inches or higher – typically, your pig won’t try to climb out (although you should watch any new pig for a bit just to be sure!).
However, there are some other health and safety criteria that can be absolutely critical for the wellbeing of your pet furballs. In particular, these four criteria should be met in any indoor guinea pig cage you select:
- The cage bottom should be smooth so it won’t irritate your guinea pig’s soft, sensitive feet (although steer clear of wood in favor of plastic or another chew-resistant smooth material!).
- Cage bars shoud be spaced sufficiently so as to provide plenty of ventilation but yet not so far apart that your piggy might get a hand or – worse – a head caught between the bars.
- The cage should be EASY to clean and sanitize, including in the corners and seams!
- Your cage should offer plenty of FLOOR space for running, foraging, and playing for EACH guinea pig who will live within it.
Selecting an indoor guinea pig cage
Selecting a guinea pig indoor hutch that meets each of these criteria in full is essential for your guinea pig’s long-term health and safety.
If the cage offers too little ventilation, mold and bacteria will grow. If there is too little space for exercise, your piggie can grow fat and bored.
Most critically, if the cage is too hard to clean you may miss essential areas where toxins lie in wait for your fur baby. Veterinarians recommend cleaning the cage in the “bathroom areas” every two days at most, so this is super important!.
But with the selection of great large indoor guinea pig cage options we are about to show you, none of these concerns should be a worry for you and your pet piggies!
Large indoor guinea pig cages
These roomy indoor guinea pig cages will suit one pet guinea pig perfectly well. Two of these cages also offer the option of adding an extra extension so you can house two guinea pigs inside comfortably.
Wabbitat Deluxe Rabbit Home Kit
Midwest Homes for Pets Wabbitat Deluxe Rabbit Home Kit. At 39.5 x 23.8 x 19.8 inches for the basic home, this is just 5 square feet of space.
But this “deluxe” kit comes with an extra extension (sold separately) that adds on another nearly 3 square feet to give your piggie more running room. Or contain him inside while you clean the remainder of the habitat.
So the total square footage with the extension is 8 square feet – perfect for a solo guinea pig.
Giant Rabbit Habitat
Kaytee My First Home 2-Piece Giant Rabbit Habitat with Casters. At 43.2 X 18.5 X 8.8 inches, this roomy giant habitat provides 8 square feet of floor space plus an extra raised sleeping platform.
It has an accessible ramp and a hidden under-platform hiding area for extra room. The latches are chew-proof according to the manufacturer and it comes with wheels plus a lovely suite of new accessories (water bottle, hay feeder, food dish).
The floor is smooth as well.
Small Animal Tubby
Prevue Hendryx 525GRN Small Animal Tubby, Extra Large. At 47.25 x 24.25 x 21.5 inches, this roomy indoor guinea pig cage comes in at 7.8 square feet.
With even a bit extra thanks to a design that features a ramp-accessible platform. It isn’t fancy, but it is roomy, which many starter guinea pig cages are not these days.
Extra large guinea pig cages indoor
If you are keeping two or more guinea pigs, you will need an indoor guinea pig cage that provides at least 11 square feet of floor space. This can be a tall order to find in a single cage, but many manufacturers make single cages that come with the option of joining two singles together to make a double-wide cage.
We think these big indoor guinea pig cages have a lot to offer and we hope you will agree!
Guinea Habitat Plus
MidWest Homes for Pets Guinea Habitat Plus. At 47 x 24 x 14 inches, a single habitat provides 8 square feet of floor space. But this habitat is designed to be hinged to a second habitat (hence the “plus”) to make a full 16 square feet of space.
This is more than enough space for two or even three piggies to be housed together comfortably.
Living World Deluxe Habitat
Living World Deluxe Habitat (X-Large). At 46.9 x 22.8 x 24 inches, this cage on its own is more than roomy enough for a single pig.
It has a lovely little balcony accessible by a short, wide ramp, a smooth bottom and an attractive, easy-access arched top.
Best of all, you can connect a second cage to this one to accommodate many more guinea pigs.
Ferplast Rabbit Cage
Ferplast Rabbit Cage. At 63.78 X 23.62 inches, or 10 square feet, this gigantic rabbit cage is perfect for two or more guinea pigs to live together.
There is also a raised platform for eating or snoozing that offers a bit more room as well.
This cage system also comes with accessories including a hay feeder, water bottle and bowl. The wide front door makes cleaning easy.
2 tier guinea pig cage indoor
A 2 tier guinea pig cage can be a great choice if you have two pigs that don’t really get alone or you simply don’t have sufficient floor space to house your two pigs and yourself too!
All three of these options include casters (wheels) so you can move the cage system about from room to room as the need may arise.
Habitat Defined Rabbit Hutch
Kaytee Habitat Defined Rabbit Hutch. At 41.25″L x 18″W x 18.75″H, this 2 tier cage comes in at 5 square feet, but again offers a roomy second tier ramp accessible with a short ramp.
While Kaytee makes another 2 tier cage designed for guinea pigs, this rabbit cage is actually bigger which is why we prefer it.
Plus, it features the smooth bottom and wheels that make it such a convenient indoor guinea pig cage choice.
Heavy Duty Cage
Homey Pet 43″ Stackable or Non-Stackable Heavy Duty Cage With Feeding Door, Casters and Tray.
At 43 X 28.5 X 35.5 inches, this stackable cage could give a single guinea pig 8 ample square feet of space.
If you turn it into a 2 tier system, it could give a second single piggie the same amount of space for running and playing.
There are also casters which you can lock when you don’t need to move it, and the tray(s) pull out for easy cleaning. Only one cage is sold in an order – the second cage must be purchased separately.
Indoor guinea pig hutch
Typically, a hutch-type cage is designed to be used in an outdoor setting. But with the right hutch, you can also use it very easily in an indoor setting.
These hutches are innovative, highly rated and attractive, and they meet the basic criteria for your guinea pig’s health and wellness.
140 Plus Rabbit Cage
Ferplast Krolik 140 Plus Rabbit Cage. At 55.91 x 23.62 (nearly 9 square feet not including ramp and underneath sleeping area), this roomy half-hutch, half-cage offers everything a guinea pig could ever want in indoor cages for guinea pigs.
It could comfortably house two small guinea pigs, with a design that makes it easy to keep sleeping, playing, eating and eliminating separated.
The “Plus” is a small enclosed hutch that attaches to one end – really cute!
Small Animal Habitat
You & Me Living The Dream Small Animal Habitat. At 40 x 17.5 x 21 inches, this pig cage comes in at just under 6 square feet.
But what it lacks in the extra floor square footage it makes up for by offering a raised platform that only requires a short ramp to access. The platform can make for a perfect little sleeping nook or feeding area for a single pig housed alone.
There are two things we particularly love about this habitat – it has a smooth floor and it has wheels for moving easily.
Indoor guinea pig run
Guinea pigs do need a lot of exercise and play time, especially in the winter when it isn’t possible to take them outside to run around. Plus, guinea pigs are smart and curious and tend to be awake during the day just like you are, which makes home-time a perfect time for indoor play-time!
A guinea pig indoor run is a perfect choice for indoor play. You know where your piggies are and they can’t escape, but they also have lots of room to jump and run and play freely, and they won’t be in any danger if you can’t supervise them nonstop during playtime.
Pet Indoor Yard Fence
KOUSI Portable Large Metal Wire Pet Indoor Yard Fence. With over 15 square feet of floor space, while this guinea pig indoor run was originally designed with puppies in mind.
It is simply perfect for keeping tabs on your guinea pigs while they enjoy stretching their legs. On nice days, you could also take this wire fence outside to let your pigs enjoy a little sunshine and a tasty grassy treat.
ABO Gear Happy Habitat for Indoor Cats. While this manufacturer states that this product is designed for cats, with more than 30 square feet of play space, it is quite suitable for multiple guinea pigs to enjoy the great indoors during playtime as well.
At just four pounds, it is also much more lightweight than most runs and habitats, which can give your back a much-needed rest during setup and take-down.
Pets Small Animal Pen
MidWest Homes for Pets Small Animal Pen. This 6-panel colorful indoor playpen is 15 inches high with an open top and bottom.
It gives your piggies 9 square feet of space and can be joined together with another playpen for 18 full square feet of play space. The wire is very narrow so your guinea pigs can’t get caught. But best of all, it can fold down flat for storage once playtime is over.
You can find more indoor guinea pig playpens in this article.
Cheap indoor guinea pig cages
It is true that many of these indoor guinea pig cages can take a small chunk out of your budget. But not all guinea pig cages are bank-breakers.
Making price a priority, we feel that these three cheap indoor guinea pig cages also offer a high level of quality and deserve an extra mention. They are listed below in order from lowest to highest price, and you can read the full cage descriptions as outlined in the earlier sections here.
- MidWest Homes for Pets Guinea Habitat Plus.
- You & Me Living The Dream Small Animal Habitat.
- Midwest Homes for Pets Wabbitat Deluxe Rabbit Home Kit.
Best indoor guinea pig cages
Truly, there is no single “best” guinea pig cage for your situation.
You may be choosing an indoor guinea pig cage based on in-home space limitations, budget, number of pet piggies, two pigs who do/do not get along together and many other important variables as well.
What can be really helpful is to sit down and write down your priorities before you start searching for an indoor guinea pig cage. This can also make it so much easier to wade through all the options in cage features and select the ones that are most important to you.
We hope you find the perfect cage that you and your piggies absolutely love after reading through this list!
If you do, please let us know which cage you chose in the comments section here! And if you found a lovely cage that isn’t listed here, we would love to hear about that as well!
Resources and Further Reading
- Quesenberry, K. E. DVM, MPH, DABVP (Avian) et al. “Providing a Home for a Guinea Pig.” Merck Veterinary Manual, 2016.
- Eddy, B., “Guinea Pigs as Pets,” Straven Road Veterinary Centre, 2013.
- Wagner, J., “The Biology of the Guinea Pig,” Academic Press, 1976.
- Lee, G., et al, “Vet on Set: Guinea pigs as pets,” Hawaii News Now, 2016.
- Lin, A., “Housing and Feeding Your Guinea Pig,” College of Veterinary Medicine, 2016.