Essential List1. Housing / Cage2. Bedding3. Hay Rack4. Water Bottle / Bowl5. Pellet Bowl6. Hidey House7. Hay 8. Pellets 9. Toys10. Veggies and Fruits 11. A friend - no piggy or rabbit should be alone get them a friend.DO NOT use exercise balls or wheels: These can cause severe spinal and back injuries. Cavies do not have the flexibility of other rodents and it will cause serious physical harm. Never under any circumstance place your guinea pig in any of these items. DO NOT use harnesses or leashes: These can be easily slipped out off, they stretch and flex a cavies back causing painful back and spinal injuries. Cavies need hiding areas in which to feel safe and offer sufficient coverage. Example are igloos, small chairs and cardboard boxes turned upside down. You must ensure that all hiding houses are well ventilated and allow sufficient air flow. Tunnels are also a good idea and can be made out of folded newspaper that can be discarded if soiled, PVC piping and over turned hay racks. Accessories also provide mental stimulation, act as resting areas and should always be included in every guinea pigs home. A water bottle with a metal sipper should also be attached to the cage wall. A large bottle is best as cavies can drink a large amount of water during the day and night. A heavy ceramic bowl that cannot be tipped over should be included to provide your guinea pigs with either a plain pellet mix or to hold vegetables.A hay rack that can be attached to the wall should always be included in any cage. It helps keep the hay dry and off the floor where it may get soiled. Hay racks can be made out of bent wire grids, bird cage lids or purchased from a pet supply store.Suitable ToysToys should be chosen carefully as many can have detachable or moving parts that can be easily swallowed and can be a choking hazard. Toys should have no small easily chewable parts and should be solid, with no sharp pieces attached to them. A guide to a suitable toy is one which is solid, smooth, with no small parts that can be swallowed or taken apart by chewing or movement.
ToysSome good examples are hanging mirrors, bells with solid attachments, soft toys and wire fruit baskets. Always choose carefully and examine each toy before you purchase. Toys are available in our store.
Paper/cardboardToilet rolls with slits down the middle, crumpled newspaper, boxes with holes cut in the sides, newspaper tunnels, tissue boxes with plastic and ends removed, shoe boxes and large paper bags. You can also purchase corrugated cardboard toys such as critter barn and critter bus and are available in our store.
BallsTennis balls, ping pong balls, woven hay toys, and plastic balls with bells inside and are available in our store. Make sure they are light enough to be moved, in the case of the bell ball it should have no detachable parts that can be swallowed easily.
Pipes/TunnelsPVC piping. Always check the width and height measurements, piping should be a minimum of 4 inches in diameter; the larger the better. You can also assemble your own tunnels by connecting the various joins and elbows. Old post office tubes that are a sufficient width can also be used. Fleece Tunnels can also be used instead of piping. They come In a variety of different colours and designs and are available in our store.
Polar fleece/towelsFleece blankets, tunnels, futons, cuddle cups, hammocks, piggy pouches, towel tents, padded chairs and lounges. Many you sew yourself or hang up by using safety pins. A simple hammock can be attached by cutting a large rectangle, double folded, and attaching it to the cage roof with safety pins at all four corners. Piggy pouches are an excellent winter warmer and can be sewn or visit our store for a large selection of pre made items.