Posted on March 10, 2021 by Monique Hanford
There are many different types of beds and hideouts for guinea pigs with everything from patterned fleece hammocks, snuggle sacks and cuddle cups to wooden hides that can be tucked away in the corner of your guinea pigs’ cage.
We love to support smaller sellers who produce handmade items for guinea pigs and one that we found who makes a whole range of guinea pig hideouts including some amazing wooden castle themed hideouts is BlackPawWhitePaw on Etsy. There are several other sellers who also make fantastic beds and hideouts for your guinea pigs and we’ll provide links to the ones we feel are the best in this article.
Guinea pigs don’t need a bed as such, but they do need a hideout. Soft, open beds are an optional extra but a lovely addition to their cage if you have enough space for one.
Doughnut beds, hammocks and cuddle cups are all very popular, and guinea pigs love these. But your pet will also need a hidey that is more enclosed and dark such as a little house or cave or even a fleece snuggle sack or sleeping bag that he can snuggle up inside.
A hideout not only provides a cozy place for your guinea pigs to sleep, they give these naturally nervous pets somewhere to hide and feel safe too.
If a guinea pig is housed without some kind of hideaway, he can become very anxious. Even a very friendly and tame guinea pig, who is happy to sleep in the middle of his cage, will also want somewhere to hide where he feels safe.
You’ll need a hideout for each guinea pig. This is because they like their own space, and even if they do like to snuggle up with a friend from time to time, they won’t always want to do this. If there is only one hidey for a pair of guinea pigs, it can lead to fighting, particularly with male guinea pigs.
Most hideouts are made either from fleece or some kind of wood. Both materials make great hideaways but there are some points to consider before deciding which type of hidey is best for your setup.
You may already have fleece liners in your cage so accessorizing your cage with fleece hideys makes a lot of sense. Here are some pros and cons to using fleece hideys:
Wooden hideys come in all shapes and sizes and are usually made from pine or spruce wood. Make sure you buy one that is well made without toxic glues and that there are no sharp parts such as dangerous nails accessible to your guinea pigs.
We have used many different hideouts in our cage setup so we’ve tested quite a few to see which ones our guinea pigs like the best. These are our favorite hideouts for guinea pigs:
One of the best wooden houses for guinea pigs is the Piggies Choice Space House, designed by Saskia from LA Guinea Pig Rescue. Made with pine wood and designed to fit in the corner of the cage, it comes in a range of finishes including a colorful rainbow design.
It’s corner design helps save space in your guinea pigs’ cage and maximize the room they have.
If you’re looking for something really special, the Abbie Estate castle hideout from BlackPawWhitePaw will make the cage setup look really special as well as giving your guinea pigs a lovely place to hide. It comes complete with 3 flags and fleece doors. You can even personalize the larger flag!
The Kaytee Woodland Getaway is also a good wooden hideout for your guinea pigs and comes in a range of sizes for various sized pets. We recommend you buy the large or extra large size for your guinea pigs.
A hammock can be really cozy for indoor guinea pigs and is great for a cage that has fleece liners.
If you like the idea of a fleece bed, but have disposable bedding, a hammock may be a better option than a cuddle cup or doughnut bed. Because it hangs in the cage, it won’t gather so many bits of bedding which can become stubbornly stuck to the fleece.
Before buying a hammock, do bear in mind that guinea pigs are not good climbers so elderly or less mobile pets may find these more difficult to get into. Our advice is to make sure your hammock doesn’t hang too high in the cage, so it’s easier for them to access.
The wooden stands that come with these hammocks have a wooden top to them which makes them a great hideout too.
We also like the more simple hammocks that you can hang from the cage sides but make sure you fit them fairly low down as guinea pigs don’t like to climb.
A fleece bed gives your guinea pigs a lovely soft place for them to snuggle down and there’s a good range to choose from including doughnut beds, cuddle cups or cuddle couches.
PiggyCentral make lovely Cuddle Cups which come in a huge range of different designs and colors and you can also have your guinea pig’s name embroidered on the item if you like. These also come with a pee pad and there’s an option to buy extra pee pads too which will mean you won’t have to wash the whole bed as often.
Another beautiful fleece bed is the 8 inch square cozy bed from Kelliscraftsandmore which actually looks like a fabulous cozy armchair.
Remember that these beds aren’t a good substitute for a proper hiding place so this should be considered an extra rather than an alternative to a dark, enclosed hidey.
Snuggle sacks, also known as sleeping bags or snuggle pouches, tend to be cheaper than some of the other fleece beds, but guinea pigs love these because they can get right inside making a cozy sleeping place.
The only issue we’ve had with snuggle sacks is that some of them are quite flimsy so the guinea pigs don’t see the opening and lie on top of them instead. Those sleeping pouches that have a thicker lining tend to work better for guinea pigs as they don’t flatten down as much. Folding back the opening will also help give it more structure.
We love the 10×12″ snuggle pouch from Keepchummy on Etsy, which comes in a choice of different colors. You can have it personalized with your guinea pig’s name embroidered on the top of it together with a cute embroidered guinea pig face too.
We also like the snuggle sack from Kelliscraftsandmore which is available with boning so that it stays open enabling your guinea pigs easier access. This is a really good idea as it will prevent them from simply lying on top of the sack. This one is very slightly larger than the Keepchummy sack and measure around 11×12″.
Fleece hideouts give your guinea pigs a good place to hide that is also soft and comfortable. If you have fleece bedding in your cage, a fleece hidey is a good alternative to a wooden one.
We like the ThePiggyPalace Cuddle Cubes which come with 2 pee pads and are 10″x10″ square. It looks really cozy and is available in a great choice of colors and designs to fit in with your cage color theme.
Guinea pigs always love tunnels and fleece tunnels make a great hideout for them. One of the best tunnels we found was from CherylAnnsPets. You can order this fleece tunnel with 2 fleece potty pads and choose from some amazing designs including mermaids, unicorns or moons and stars to name just a few.
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