The 9 Best Basic Guinea Pig Supplies to Buy in 2018

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Guinea pigs are the perfect pets for individuals and families that want to add a cute and cuddly addition to their crew but don't want all of the work a dog or cat may bring. Once you bring your pet home, you’ll need a few items to get their habitat set up, like a cage, water bottle, and some chew toys, plus food and hay to keep your guinea pig happy and healthy. To help figure out the best stuff to get, we’ve got the best guinea pig supplies to get you and your furry friend started. From...MORE there, let the lovable moments ensue.

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    If you little guy seems like he needs a space to cuddle up and get cozy, check out the Kaytee Super Sleeper Cuddle-E Cup. This padded bed is the perfect size for a guinea pig, and it’s shaped just right to provide the maximum comfort in the fleece interior. Use the integrated straps to attach the bed to the cage so it stays in place. The bed is machine washable. The bed is 10" long, 12" wide, and 5.5"s high.

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    For an entire playful home, get your fuzzy friend the MidWest Homes Guinea Habitat Plus. In the cage, you’ll find a divider panel for separate spaces, a ramp for climbing through the divider, a fully removable wire top, and a canvas bottom that is durable and hand-washable. The entire habitat provides eight square feet of living space for up to two guinea pigs. Multiple cages can be added and attached for an even larger area. The cage is 24" wide, 47" long, and 14" high. The cage and...MORE add-ons (canvas bottom, divider panel, ramp cover, and top panel) can be bought separately.

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    The 10-pound bag of guinea pig food by Oxbow Essentials is chock full of all the nutrients your little critter needs. Made from high-fiber Timothy grass meal, the pellets provide vitamins and minerals (like Vitamin C, important to keeping guinea pigs healthy) and contain no seeds, fruits or artificial ingredients. The pellets also contain lower levels of protein, calories, and calcium, a perfect blend for the adult guinea pig.

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    In addition to food, serve your guinea pig the All Natural Timothy Hay by Kaytee for a tasty snack. It is lower in protein and calcium to help maintain urinary functions, but is high in fiber for a healthy digestive system. There are no artificial colors or preservatives. Sizes include a 24-ounce bag, a 48-ounce bag, and a 96-ounce bag. This hay is recommended for animals older than seven months.

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    For new owners, this book lays out all the information one needs to raise a happy, healthy guinea pig. The book provides information on the pros and cons of owning a guinea pig, what supplies you’ll need starting out, basic care techniques, common illnesses, information on different breeds of guinea pigs, and training tips for basic commands and fun tricks. The book is also available in paperback or for Kindle.

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    Guinea pigs don’t need much grooming maintenance, but they do need some. Use the Ware Manufacturing Small Animal Grooming Kit to make sure your creature’s fur is smooth and clean, and their nails are shorter to prevent scratching. The kit comes with a pin brush for shedding, a bristle brush for shine and nail clippers. The kit also has a wooden chew toy to distract and engage your guinea pig as you are cleaning them up.

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    Keep your pets hydrated with the Choco Nose Small Animal Water Bottle. The 11.2 ounce bottle is leak and drip proof, and is also BPA free. It is easy to install to a cage with a simple screw-on bracket and can then be removed quickly and easily to fill up with the snap-fit attachment. Colors include a blue, green or pink straw. The nozzle diameter is 10 millimeters.

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    Treat your little guy, but make sure he’s getting the right goodies. In the Vitakraft Guinea Pig Sticks, each stick is filled with crunchy baked fruit, honey, vitamins, like Vitamin C and minerals. The center is a wooden stick for long-lasting chewing, and the entire treat has a clip on the end so you can easily attach it to the side of a cage. Sticks are about nine inches tall.

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    Give your pet some exercise time while you get entertained as well. The Hagen Pet Tunnel by Living World is a playful space for your guinea pig to explore. The polyester tunnel comes in a medium size (35" long and 6"​ in diameter) and a large size (35" long and 8" in diameter). Both sizes have a large hole in the center of the tunnel for peek-a-boo.

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