Guinea pigs are wonderful pets with excellent temperaments. They are sociable animals with individual personalities, and adjust well to being picked up and carried around. Guinea pigs bond well with people and with other pigs.
While we have previously recommended, the best guinea pig foods, our favorite toys and the best guinea pig habitats, people new to taking care of guinea pigs will need a wider range of food, equipment, and toys to provide a happy home for their new pig.
MidWest Homes for Pets Guinea Habitat Plus
Divider for creating separated spaces
PVC-lined canvas bottom is waterproof and easy to clean
Folds flat, assembles easily
Cage can get a little rattly
It's common to find guinea pig habitats that are way too small for these playful, sociable creatures, but the MidWest Homes for Pets Guinea Habitat Plus provides a roomy eight square feet of space. The cage assembles easily (or can be collapsed into panels for easy storage), with a wire top that provides multiple ways to access the interior, either to pick up your pig, or for cleaning. Two side doors make changing water and food convenient.
Cleaning is one of the Guinea Habitat's strengths, with a PVC-lined canvas bottom that reaches several inches up the side. This waterproof liner contains messes and spills. It's easy to wipe down, or you can remove the whole liner for a more thorough cleaning. It's always important to provide a flat surface for your guinea pig—wire cage bottoms aren't appropriate for their sensitive feet.
The Guinea Habitat Plus also includes a divider panel which splits the cage into two segments, allowing you to provide a separate area for litter or feeding. The two different spaces are bridged with included ramps.
The MidWest Homes for Pets Guinea Habitat Plus is suitable for one or two guinea pigs, or you can buy a second habitat and easily connect it to the first for double the space.
Price at time of publish: $73
Dimensions: 47 x 14 x 24 inches | Materials: Alloy steel, PVC-lined canvas
Oxbow Essentials Adult Guinea Pig Food
Nutritionally complete and fortified with vitamins
Uniform pellets to prevent selective eating
No artificial colors or refined sugar
Available in multiple sizes
More expensive per pound than many guinea pig foods
Oxbow Essentials Adult Guinea Pig Food is nutritionally complete. Made from high-fiber Timothy grass meal, these pellets provide protein, fat, calcium, phosphorous, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin E. Provide unlimited hay, some leafy greens, and 1/8 cup of these pellets to each of your adult guinea pigs every day, and they'll be receiving the right blend of vitamins and other nutrients.
This guinea pig food comes in the form of identical pellets, which is meant to keep your guinea pig from selectively eating only the parts they like most. Instead, Oxbow Essentials is designed to be supplemented with greens and other treats.
There are also formulations available for young and senior guinea pigs.
Price at time of publish: $13 (5-pound bag)
Primary Ingredients: Timothy grass meal, soybean hulls, wheat middlings, soybean meal, cane molasses, sodium bentonite, soybean oil, salt, lignin sulfonate, limestone, yeast culture, vitamin C, vitamin E supplement | Sizes: 5, 10, 25-pound bags
Small Pet Select 2nd Cutting Timothy Hay
Available in a wide range of sizes, up to 40 pounds
2nd cutting for soft stems
Free shipping over $40
Only available online
Hay should make up about 80 percent of a guinea pig's diet, and should be available at all times. Useful for wearing down always-growing rodent teeth, hay also provides fiber, protein, and moisture. While there are a variety of hays that guinea pigs can eat, timothy hay is often recommended by veterinarians as the best hay for daily consumption, since it's not too hard and not too soft, plus it has the best balance of fiber, protein, and fat.
The hay that's harvested first is the toughest and primary stems. Small Pet Select's 2nd Cutting Timothy Hay comes from the subsequent yield, and its softer, with more leaves and tasty flowery heads. While Small Pet Select has a wide range of hays, including their Gourmet Hay Medley, the 2nd Cutting Timothy Hay is their bestselling, and most likely to work well for your pig's daily needs.
It's also convenient, with delivery options ranging from 12-ounce bags to 40-pound boxes, with a wide range of sizes in between. Shipping is efficient, and free if you spend over $40. It's also easy to set up recurring shipments.
The main downside to Small Pet Select Timothy Hay is that it's only available through delivery. If you're looking for a brand that's easier to find in pet stores, check out Oxbow Western Timothy Hay instead.
Price at time of publish: $24 (5 pounds)
Sizes: 12-ounces, 2-, 5-, 10-, 20-, 25-, 40-pounds
Best Water Bottle
Choco Nose Small Animal Water Bottle
1.5 inch bracket is easy to secure to cage
Nozzle also fits most plastic bottles, such as liter soda bottles
Mount uses plastic screw that isn't very durable
The 11.2 ounce Choco Nose Small Animal Water Bottle has a leakproof nozzle that can be fitted to most standard plastic bottles. The included bottle is BPA-free and easy to fill. The Choco Nose water bottle is also a cinch to install, so long as the wires of your cage are less than 1.5 inches apart. And while the plastic bracket is easy to tighten by hand, we do wish it had more durable metal components instead of plastic.
The Choco Nose Small Animal Water Bottle has a 10-millimeter nozzle and is available in three different colors.
Price at time of publish: $12
Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.75 x 6.5 inches | Volume: 11.2 ounces | Color: Royal blue, green, pink
Vitakraft Guinea Pig Crunch Sticks
Lots of flavors
Wooden core can be chewed too
Triple-baked for reliably crunchy texture
Typically sold in packs of two
Hard to portion out
Each Vitakraft Guinea Pig Crunch Stick combines dried fruit, honey, cracked corn, oats, and other foraging treats. It's also supplemented with Vitamin C and other micronutrients. Each treat is triple-baked, creating a hardened chew that's appropriately tough on your pig's teeth, with lots of crunch. Plus, the treat is attached to a chewable wood center, so it's not a big deal if your pig is a little over-eager eating it.
Designed to be hung inside your pig's cage, each Crunch Stick has a plastic hook for easy hanging. Each stick is about nine inches tall, and most retailers sell them in multi-packs too. There are multiple flavor options, including Apple & Orange, Fruit & Honey, Wild Berry & Honey, and Grains & Honey.
Price at time of publish: $4
Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches | Flavors: Apple & Orange, Grains & Honey, Fruit & Honey, Wild Berry & Honey,
Living World Hagen Pet Tunnel
Easy to clean fabric
Can be attached to other Living World play sets
Available in two sizes
Fabric surfaces are a little slick
Maybe too large for use inside of cage
The Living World Pet Tunnel is available in a medium size (35 inches long and 6 inches in diameter) and a large size (35 inches long and 8 inches in diameter)—either one would be suitable for a guinea pig. Both sizes have a hole in the center of the tunnel for peek-a-boo. It can also be attached to other Living World products, like the Living World Tent for Pets.
Price at time of publish: $16 (Large)
Sizes: 5.9 x 5.9 x 35.4 inches (Medium); 7.9 x 7.9 x 35.4 inches (Large) | Colors: Red (medium), blue (large) | Materials: Polyester
Best Grooming Kit
Ware Manufacturing Small Animal Grooming Kit
Includes two different types of brush
Comes with a wooden chew
Small handles less suitable for large hands
Guinea pigs don’t need much grooming maintenance, but they do need some. Use the Ware Manufacturing Small Animal Grooming Kit to make sure your creature’s fur is smooth and clean, and their nails are shorter to prevent scratching.
The kit comes with two types of brush. The first is a pin or slicker brush, which has thin metal pins that are excellent at removing fur—perfect for when your guinea pig is visibly shedding. The kit also has a bristle brush, which is gentler, and more suited for a soothing, bonding brushing session. It will help distribute oils and keep your pig's coat shiny.
The Ware Small Animal Grooming Kit also icludes nail clippers, and even a wooden chew toy to engage your guinea pig as you groom.
Price at time of publish: $14
Dimensions: Packaging is 10 x 7.25 x 1.25 inches | Materials: Plastic, wood, and metal
The Guinea Pig Handbook
Guinea pigs may look cute, innocent, and easy to manage. While the first two are true, it can be difficult to properly care for a guinea pig without having a good source of information and guidance. If you’re a new Guinea Pig owner you may be looking for a book to help you learn the ins and outs of caring for your Guinea Pig. We recommend The Guinea Pig Handbook by Sharon Vanderlip, D.V.M who has over 35 years of experience as a vet.
This book will give you a good overview of how to care for Guinea Pigs, including their anatomy and life cycle, housing guides, nutrition information, information on their origins and more. Despite the amount of information, each section is clearly written and organized so you can find the information you need quickly. The Guinea Pig Handbook is an excellent resource you can keep within reach anytime questions about how to care for your guinea pig come up.
Price at time of publish: $13
Pages: 168 | Dimensions: 6.5 x .42 x 7.88 inches
The MidWest Homes for Pets Guinea Habitat Plus easy to clean, has small bar spacing to prevent your guinea pig from getting its head stuck, and provides ample space for playtime. And no guinea pig habitat is complete without hay. We recommend Small Pet Select 2nd Cutting Timothy Hay, which is available in a wide range of sizes and will be beloved by most pigs.
What to Look for in Guinea Pig Supplies
Everything you purchase for your guinea pig should be safe for it. Sharp edges, dangerous ingredients, inappropriate bar spacing, toxic chemicals, aerosol sprays, and other things can pose serious risks to your guinea pig's health and safety. If you aren't sure whether something is safe, ask your veterinarian or simply avoid it until you know for sure.
You can spend a lot of money buying toys, treats, and other items for your guinea pig, but does your pet really need it? Focus on the basics first and then branch out and add to your guinea pig's habitat over time. Too many items and accessories can overwhelm and even frighten your guinea pig, especially if it is also adjusting to a new home. Additionally, you may not have room in your guinea pig's habitat for everything you can buy for it; be careful not to crowd its space with unnecessary items.
When it comes to guinea pig supplies, higher costs often mean higher quality. Price shop for good deals but don't skimp on quality. Higher priced food, hay, and habitats are especially worth it, but that doesn't mean there aren't also ways to cut costs. Consider buying certain items, such as hay, in bulk, particularly if you have several guinea pigs.
Do guinea pigs like to play?
Yes! Guinea pigs have individual personalities and often like to play with toys. Plastic and wood toys that guinea pigs can push around or pick up with their teeth are popular items. Additionally, guinea pigs also like to chew, run around, and play hide and seek with blankets.
What do guinea pigs eat?
Adult guinea pigs primarily eat grass hays, and growing guinea pigs eat alfalfa hay. In addition to hay, fresh vegetables and guinea pig pellets should also be provided. Seeds and sweet treats like yogurt drops are not necessary and can cause health issues.
How do I select the right size of X for my guinea pig?
Make sure whatever you purchase for your guinea pig is appropriately sized. You don't want to buy a tube toy that is smaller than your guinea pig's head or anything where it could get stuck. Thankfully, most items that are marketed for guinea pigs are safe for guinea pigs.
In what room should I keep my guinea pig?
Choose a quiet room that doesn't drastically change in temperature. Drafty windows, doors, and air vents can chill your guinea pig and cause it to develop life-threatening respiratory issues. Heat from the sun shining directly through a window, as well as air vents, can cause your guinea pig to overheat. Find a room where your guinea pig can quietly rest and have consistent temperatures.
Why Trust The Spruce Pets
This article was written by Ellie Welles, a freelance writer and tester for Spruce Pet. She’s the mother of two cats and is passionate about finding the best products for all furry loved ones. She spoke with experts and scoured hundreds of product reviews to make these choices.
A previous version of this round-up was written by Mattie Schuler, an experienced product reviewer whose work can be found in Outside, Backpacker, Yoga Journal, Gore-Tex, Men's Journal, and Men's Fitness.