In general, there are three main types of bedding for guinea pigs: wood based, paper based or hemp based. For a more luxurious feel, fleece or Vetbed (made from high quality double strength polyester with a woollen feel) can be used for play areas. Straw and hay is also commonly used for bedding. For our guinea pigs’ sleeping and kitchen areas, we used the more traditional bedding materials.
Once you have decided on whether you will house your guinea pigs indoors or outdoors, the next exciting thing is planning out your setup. We wanted our guinea pigs cage to be comfortable and roomy enough to allow us to introduce a range of toys and hidey holes for our cute guinea pigs. We also wanted the cage to be practical for us as well.
We built a three-level C&C cage. The base level is designed for storage (food, treats, bedding, guinea pig care and grooming products. The second level is the guinea pigs main roaming area, which includes their play area, tunnel, hidey holes and their sleeping quarters, which also features a water bottle and food bowl. The third level is the loft area and has been set up as the guinea pigs kitchen area, their main feeding place. This level features a water bottle, hay rack, veggie lifter, food bowl and hidey hole.