Guinea pigs enjoy having a space of their own. They need a place to destress and hide. In the wild, guinea pigs hide from birds and other predators. This behaviour is natural for them, and they will similarly search for little nooks and crannies in captivity. We’ve done all the research for you, and here are the best guinea pig hideouts.
This guinea pig hideout is ideal for daily use and will help decrease your pet’s anxiety. It features non-irritating, easy-to-clean, durable materials that are safe for you and your pet.
The RANYPET two-in-one foldable guinea pig hideout is multifunctional, as you can use it as a private, dark cave that can fit a few guinea pigs or flatten it and use it as a bed. This bed comprises plush material and features a star pattern. It is suitable for young and adult guinea pigs. You can wash this hideout by machine or by hand.
Your guinea pigs will enjoy running through these soft tassels and nesting in their corner hideout. Best of all, it’s easy to wash and easy to dry.
The ASOCEA guinea pig forest hideout comprises fleece and non-woven fabric. A three-in-one design means this can be a hideout, a hammock or a habitat decoration. This guinea pig corner hideaway is easy to install with three metal hooks (included) that attach to the corners of the pet cage. It is suitable for guinea pigs in all stages of life.
This hideout provides your pet with a warm, cosy sleeping area and a secure place to play. It features a fun pig shape and bright pink colours, which children will also find attractive and entertaining.
The JanYoo guinea pig hideout comprises velvet and PP cotton filling. The wide opening allows pets to find their way in effortlessly. The non-slip bottom prevents them from pushing around the bed. There is a removable cushion if you need more space, and the cushion cover is also removable for easy cleaning.
This hideout’s attractive design features a blue canvas with star patterns and grey trim. It will keep your pet comfortable and warm.
The SUPJADE guinea pig hideout comprises odour-free and eco-friendly ice velvet, PP cotton and nylon fabric. It features a large opening so that pets can breathe easily. You can use this as a guinea pig house, or you can remove the pillow, put it atop the flattened house and use it as a guinea pig sofa. The removable cushion makes washing easy, and you can hand or machine wash this hideout.
Your guinea pigs will gain a cosy new home and play area with this hideout. It makes an excellent gift for anyone with small burrowing pets.
The TSLBW corner hideaway comprises non-toxic materials such as fleece, non-woven fabrics and flexible wool. It features three metal hooks (included) where you can set the curtain height according to the pet’s needs and attach it to the corner of the cage. The fleece forest allows your pet to have his private hideaway.
With such an abundance of guinea pig accessories, how do you know if you’re getting the right one? Here are a few factors to consider to select a guinea pig hideout that your pet will love.
A: Guinea pigs are herbivores, and in their natural habitat, they live in herds. They communicate with each other through sounds and body movements. Guinea pigs need to live in stable social groups. Social interaction with other guinea pigs is beneficial to their health and welfare. The lack of this interaction is stressful and detrimental. When deprived of company, solitary guinea pigs become lonely, bored and depressed. They will start eating and drinking less and sleeping more. Your guinea pig’s health will rapidly deteriorate. No matter how loving and committed you are to your pet guinea pig, you can never pay him as much attention as or fill the social void of another guinea pig. If you are thinking of keeping a guinea pig, remember that they do best with the companionship of another pig. The safest option would be to get a pig of the same sex, so the pair will not start breeding. When you get another guinea pig, gradually and cautiously introduce them, these interactions sometimes become aggressive, especially between females.
A: Regular veterinary care is a must for all pets. Even though nothing seems wrong, your pets should see the vet yearly for a routine checkup. The same applies to guinea pigs, as they are susceptible to certain diseases, even if you keep them indoors. Rabbits, cats, and dogs may have a bacterium called Bordetella bronchiseptica and can pass it on to guinea pigs in their proximity. It infects their respiratory tracts and can be fatal to guinea pigs if it progresses into pneumonia. Fly strike is another condition that can be fatal to guinea pigs if not treated early. It occurs when blowflies lay their eggs on guinea pigs, usually near their genitalia, and when the eggs hatch, the larvae eat the guinea pig’s flesh. Aside from these illnesses, guinea pigs can also suffer diarrhoea, scurvy (vitamin C deficiency since guinea pigs cannot make it themselves), tumours, abscesses because of infection, urinary problems, and infestations by lice, mites, or fungi.