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can guinea pigs share a cage

Can Guinea Pigs Share A Cage?

Guinea pigs are very popular pets.

They are beloved all across the world for their cuteness, their geniality, their amenability and can become very tame the more you get to know them and the more they get to know you.

It can be hard to know whether you should have one guinea pig or two or even more when you first get a guinea pig.

Many people just have one guinea pig especially if they are first time owners, but many owners may choose to have more.

So if you happen to have a guinea pig on its own or have acquired multiple guinea pigs, can guinea pigs share a cage?

Can guinea pigs share a cage?

It’s absolutely fine for guinea pigs to share a cage, in fact, they will much prefer sharing a cage than living on their own.

Guinea pigs are social animals and so are not at their best when they live on their own.

When they live with other guinea pigs, they much prefer it and so even if its just another guinea pig they share with, it is much more preferable to being left on their own.

They enjoy the stimulation of being with other guinea pigs. Guinea pigs talk to each other, they help each other, they keep each other company even if they aren’t talking to one another.

They much prefer living with other guinea pigs than being on their own.

Males and females

Just make sure that males share with males and females share with females unless of course they are neutered.

Putting male and females together is a recipe for more guinea pigs than you can handle and a situation that could be detrimental to bother guinea pigs.

Cage and hutch size

Also, make sure that the cage is large enough that they have enough space to walk around in and have their own space.

The cage or hutch needs to be as big as possible for your guinea pigs to roam around in. They enjoy running around to exercise themselves.

The bigger the hutch or cage, the better it is for them.

There are different types of hutch or cage such as wooden cages, metal cages, or even very nice c&c cages which can be constructed to the owner’s specific needs.

So yes, they can share a cage and it is for the best of each guinea pig that they do share one.

how do i get my guinea pigs to get along

How Do I Get My Two Male Guinea Pigs To Get Along?

This is  an update from yesterday’s post about introducing my two male guinea pigs together and asking the question, ‘how do I get my guinea pigs to get along?’

Two male guinea pigs living together were always going to be one of the most challenging arrangements that I could make as a guinea pig owner.

Consternation in the cage

Having two male guinea pigs in one cage was always going to cause some consternation and this was no different.

I mentioned that they were chasing each other and there was quite a bit of chattering of teeth.

Separating them

I was quite concerned about them and decided to separate them after a day of them being together.

So I put them each in their separate cages last night.

Both cages are attached to the main run and can be closed off.

how do i get my guinea pigs to get alonghow do i get my guinea pigs to get along

This morning when I went to see them, ‘Uno’ was trying to bite his way out of the bars and there was a bit of chattering of teeth when I let ‘Rocket’  out of his cage and into the main run.

Giving them time together again

Even with the chattering of teeth and the occasional rumbling, I released ‘Uno’ and watched them spend time together.

There was a bit of chasing but after a while, it calmed down and they got along with each other just fine.

I was relieved to see that there were no signs of them fighting.

They both made their places to rest amongst the wood in the run and they seemed quite content.

I’m pleased with how it’s going and there are good signs that the two boys are starting to get along.

These things will always take a little bit of time but the signs are positive.

Give them a place to retreat to

What’s important is that you give them their own space to retreat to.

Like many of us, piggies need their own space as well and they value it so make sure there are two separate places to go to where they can retreat to.

Be persistent

If you are worried about the time it is taking for your guinea pig to like the other, or that they are showing signs of not getting along, then do persist as quite often patience pays off and they do grow to like each other in the end.

Sometimes these things just take time!