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Hello, my name is Jill Phillips, and I'm co-owner of Squeals on Wheels, a traveling petting zoo and pony rides. My name is John Phillips. We have horses, miniature horses. We have miniature llamas and alpacas, chickens, ducks. We have bearded dragons. Our website is www.squealsonwheels.us. One of the first things you need to know about setting up an ideal guinea pig cage is to ensure that the cage has a flat or hard bottom. The ones with wire are difficult for the little feet of guinea pigs, and they can injure their toes on the wire and also it's really hard on the skin of their little feet, too. Even though these are little animals, they do need at least 7.5 to 10.5 square feet of room for a guinea pig. That's approximately about a 30 x 36 inch cage. We use wood chips that have been kiln-dried and then multi-screened to eliminate the dust and that's very healthy for guinea pigs. So, the items that we need to assemble to put together a guinea pig cage is a water bottle. We also need a little hide and that can be wood or plastic. They love to have a little place to run and hide in when they feel threatened or oftentimes, when they just want to take a nap. We need ceramic dishes or a heavy dish to put their guinea pig pellets in. We need the fresh hay, either Orchard or Timothy hay, because they eat a lot of it, and we also need the fresh vegetables that we put in there too and they get a little of that each evening.