Best Cage Set-Ups for Your Skinny Pigs!

Best Cage Set-Ups for Your Skinny Pigs!

Best Cage Set-Ups for Your Skinny Pigs!

If you're a proud skinny pig parent or considering becoming one, you know that creating the perfect home is paramount. Today, we bring you the ultimate guide to choosing the best cage set-up for your mini hippo.

But, before we jump into cage types, it’s important to understand what makes a skinny pig habitat not just good, but great. Here's a quick checklist:

  • Spaciousness: Skinny pigs need room to roam, play, and exercise. A minimum of 8 square feet is recommended for one piggy, with more space needed for pairs or groups.
  • Ventilation: Good airflow is crucial to keep your pet healthy and prevent respiratory issues.
  • Safety: The cage should be secure from escape attempts and safe from potential hazards, including sharp edges or small parts they could chew on. If you have other pets in the house it's a good idea to choose something with a lid or a completely enclosed one.
  • Comfort:  You need comfortable bedding that's safe for sensitive skin and easy to clean.
  • Accessibility: Easy access for cleaning, feeding, and cuddle time is important for both you and your pet.
  • Temperature control: Skinny pigs are sensitive to cold due to their lack of fur. Keep their cage away from drafts and direct sunlight.
  • Enrichment: Include hideouts, tunnels, and toys to keep your skinny pig entertained and engaged when you are not at home.

There are a number of options available to choose from - let’s explore the pros and cons of each.

Commercial Guinea Pig Cages

These are ready-made cages that you can find at pet stores. They often come in various sizes and designs, some with multiple levels or interesting layouts.


  • Convenience: Easy to set up right out of the box, with no DIY required.
  • Features: Some come with built-in hideaways, ramps, and feeding areas.


  • Size: Many commercial cages are too small for skinny pigs, offering less room to move around and explore.
  • Cost: Can be more expensive than creating a similar-sized C&C cage or building your own.
  • Ventilation: Some designs may not provide adequate airflow.

Wooden Hutches

Traditionally used for outdoor rabbits or guinea pigs, wooden hutches can also be adapted for indoor use for skinny pigs.


  • Aesthetics: Often more visually appealing and can blend nicely with indoor decor.
  • Durability: Sturdy and can last a long time with the proper care.


  • Ventilation and Humidity: Wood can retain moisture and odors, which might not be ideal for skinny pigs' respiratory health.
  • Cleaning: Not as easy to clean and disinfect as C&C or commercial cages.
  • Temperature Regulation: Wood might not provide the best insulation against cold or heat for skinny pigs unique temperature control needs.

Plastic Modular Cages

These are another type of commercial cage, often with colorful, connectable sections that allow for some customization.


  • Fun Designs: Attractive and can be configured in various shapes.
  • Easy to Clean: Many have removable bottoms for easy cleaning.


  • Size Limitations: Like other commercial cages, they can be too small and may require you to purchase additional units to create adequate space, making this an expensive option.
  • Ventilation: The plastic sides can restrict airflow more than open wire or C&C cages.

DIY Enclosures

Some pet owners create custom enclosures using various materials like wood, plexiglass, or even repurposed furniture.


  • Fully Customizable: Tailored exactly to your space and your skinny pigs' needs.
  • Unique: Can be designed to match your home's decor.


  • Time and Skill Required: You'll need some DIY skills and time to design and build.
  • Safety: You must ensure all materials are safe and non-toxic for skinny pigs.

C&C Cages

C&C cages have become a favorite among skinny pig parents for several reasons


  • Customizable: You can build them to any size or shape, fitting perfectly into your available space.
  • Expandable: As your family grows, so can your cage. Adding more grids and Coroplast is a breeze.
  • Well-ventilated: The open design ensures plenty of airflow.
  • Easy to clean: The Coroplast base wipes down easily, making maintenance a snap.
  • The Lid: C&C cages can be fitted with a grid lid that offers security without sacrificing airflow. It protects your skinny pig from curious cats or dogs, ensuring they remain safe and stress-free, and adventurous skinny pigs won't be able to leap out and go exploring on their own.
  • Sturdiness: when assembled correctly, these cages are sturdy and safe. The grids lock in place firmly, and the Coroplast is durable.


  • Assembly required: You'll need to put it together yourself, which can be a fun project or a bit of a hassle, depending on your DIY skills.
  • Aesthetics: While functional, some may find the look a bit too utilitarian for their taste.

Choosing the Best Option

The "best" cage depends on your specific situation. Consider factors like space, budget, the number of skinny pigs, and whether you prefer a ready-made solution or a custom project. Regardless of the type, the cage should be spacious, safe, easy to clean, and provide a comfortable environment for your skinny pigs to thrive. Always prioritize their physical and emotional well-being when making your choice. 

By choosing the right cage, ensuring it meets all safety and comfort criteria, and considering the unique needs of your hairless hippo, you'll provide a happy and healthy environment for them to thrive in. So, take your time, do your research, and build a haven that both you and your skinny pig will adore.

Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!


April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H

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