If you are getting a guinea pig, you will want to make sure that you are prepared! Keep in mind that it is best to get two guinea pigs, as they are social animals.

These are the basics you will need to get started and to be prepared when you bring home your guinea pigs.

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Cage size is important, and it is good to make sure that your guinea pigs have adequate room. A Midwest Cage is a good place to start for two guinea pigs.

Bedding or liners

There are several options when it comes to what to use in the cage. Reusable guinea pig cage liners can be washed and reused, but take work to wash and dry. Check out my Tips for Using Guinea Pig Cage Liners.

If you go with bedding, use paper bedding or aspen bedding. Cedar contains oils that are harmful to guinea pigs respiratory systems.

Water bottle

A good water bottle is important. We have multiple guinea pigs, so we set up multiple water bottles so that the guinea pigs don’t run out.


Pellets are the basic staple of a guinea pigs diet. Make sure to find a quality formula, such as young or adult guinea pig pellets – we like Oxbow guinea pig pellets.


Hay is an important part of a guinea pig’s diet. Timothy hay is best, or you can find a blend suitable for daily feeding.


Guinea pigs are prey animals, and hideouts make them feel safe. You can make some hideouts with cardboard boxes, or buy guinea pig igloos or other hideys.


Guinea pigs should have some fresh veggies every day. Be sure to keep some on hand!

Check out my other guinea pig blog posts:

Gift Ideas for Your Guinea Pig
Fun Guinea Pig Toys for All Ages
Tips for Using Cage Liners for Guinea Pigs
Pros and Cons of Guinea Pig Fleece Cage Liners
Guinea Pig Food: What We Feed Our Piggies
Basic Supplies for Guinea Pigs
How to Grow Grass for Guinea Pigs Using Seed Sprouting Trays
Why Guinea Pigs Make Great Pets for Kids
Tips for Using Cage Liners for Guinea Pigs.