If you're planning to adopt or buy guinea pigs, you need to make sure you're prepared with all the necessary items to make them safe, happy and healthy.
We've compiled a STARTER KIT LIST which only lists items that we have purchased and tested ourselves so we know them to be good. You can order all these items from Amazon online and have them delivered directly to your door. We've included links to all these products to make it easy for you to find them and purchase.
Please remember that guinea pigs should always be in pairs or more as they are social animals. A solitary guinea pig will become lonely and depressed.
Recommended starter kit items
We like the guinea pig habitat cage as it is the right size for two guinea pigs and measures 120cm x 60cm. Anything smaller is not big enough as they need space to run and play. The Habitat Plus comes with a cage divider, ramp and cage top which is the one we recommend. You can also view our "top 3 cages" for more good options or check out what you need to know about keeping guinea pigs indoors.
This lovely soft fleece bedding is soft on your guinea pigs feet and is easy to clean. You'll need at least 2 so you can wash regularly. It is made to fit the Guinea Pig Habitat Cage (above) and saves money on buying regular paper bedding too. Find out more about bedding for your guinea pigs
Pellet Food (also called Nuggets)
We recommend these Oxbow Guinea Pig Pellets because they are very well balanced nutritionally.
Make sure they always have access to fresh pellets that are renewed daily
Check out our page which explains more about why guinea pig pellets are important and 3 options we recommend.
Because guinea pigs like to put their feet on the side of the bowls, you need to buy solid, sturdy and weighty ceramic or stoneware bowls (not plastic or the smaller ceramic ones).
If you buy the smaller, lighter versions, they will tip over.
You'll need at least 2 of these - one for the pellets and one for fresh veg. If you can buy more, so much the better as you'll always have clean ones to hand.
Water bottles are much better than putting water in a bowl. A bowl of water can become contaminated with urine and faeces.
These are 250ml bottles which are a good size for 2 guinea pigs. If you have more you'd be best with a larger 500ml bottle. Even if there is water left the next day, you must clean the bottle and refresh with clean tap water.
It's recommended you have 2 of these so you can clean and refresh on a daily basis.
Find out more about feeding water to your guinea pigs.
You need a hay rack that will keep the hay clean.
This metal hay rack is simple but perfect as a hay feeder as you can hang it on the side of the cage.
Johnson's Clean'n'Safe disinfectant is safe to use in the cages and housing of small animals. It disinfects, cleans and deodorizes, killing bacteria and viruses to make your pet's habitat safe.