Guinea Pig Starter Kit

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

Indoor cage

Habitat Plus guinea pig cage for 2

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.

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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

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Timothy Hay

This Small Pet Select Hay is good quality and one we recommend. Your guinea pig's cage must ALWAYS have fresh hay available for them to eat at all times and not just once or twice a day as it is their primary source of food.

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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.

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Food bowls

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.

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Water bottles

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.

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Hay rack

guinea pig metal hay rack

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. 

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Pet-friendly cleaner

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.

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Guinea Pig Care Sheets

guinea pig care sheets and checklists

A pack of 12 guinea pig care sheets - although not essential, these are great value and will be an immense help when it comes to organising your guinea pig's daily needs.

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