The Midwest Guinea Pig Habitat Cage is one of the most popular cages with guinea pig owners. With so many unsuitable cages being sold for guinea pigs, we are passionate about educating people about which cages are best.
So let’s take a look at what you get with the Midwest Habitat cage, what it offers your guinea pigs including advantages, disadvantages and ways to expand the cage to make a better space.
The Midwest Guinea Pig Cage is a wire cage which has a base made from canvas with a leak proof PVC lining. The canvas base is secured inside the cage sides by several Velcro straps that fit all the way around.
You can safely use the Habitat as an open cage (without a top) if you have no other pets which makes interacting with your guinea pigs much easier. If you choose to use the cage top, it is easily removed which also makes it more accessible when you clean the cage.
There are two side doors for additional access. You can set the cage up so they are either at the short ends or along the longer sides of the cage. These doors open downwards and can double up as ramps if you expand the cage by joining two or more Midwests together.
The cage measures 120cm x 60cm (4ft x 2ft) which equals 8 square ft. This meets the minimum size requirements for one or two guinea pigs housed together. Many cages including most plastic cages are much smaller than this and completely unsuitable for housing guinea pigs.
The fact that you can expand the cage opens up many possibilities with multiple creative configurations. An expanded Habitat gives your guinea pigs a much better space than most standard guinea pig cages.
These two cages are exactly the same but the “Habitat Plus” has additional components.
No special tools or DIY skills are required to assemble the cage and it takes around 15 minutes to put together. Here are the steps to setting up the Habitat:
If you have the Midwest Habitat Plus, you’ll have a dividing panel with a ramp plus a cover for both. You’ll also have a cage top. Here’s how to add these:
Using the Midwest Habitat without the divider is better because it gives your guinea pigs a bigger space to run around. As this is the very smallest a guinea pig cage should ever be, it’s important you maximise the space to give them as much area for exercising as possible.
We recommend you expand this cage to give your guinea pigs more room. A larger space contributes to your guinea pigs wellbeing.
There are many different ways you can expand the cage to make it fit the space you have in your home. Here are some of the configurations you might like to consider:
You can use the side doors as ramps between each cage (always use the ramp covers to protect your guinea pigs feet) but even better is an open plan layout without having to use ramps and without any divisions between the cages. This provides your guinea pigs with one continuous space.
To use the Midwest cages without ramps you’ll need to cut certain parts of the canvas base so it can lie flat between the cages.
We especially like the extra long expansion idea as it gives an 8ft length for them which is a fantastic space for them to exercise.
GuineaDad make good quality absorbent fleece liners specifically to fit the Habitat cage but these do need regular washing and there are also many disposable bedding options to choose from such as kiln dried pine shavings or hemp bedding.
As the base of the Midwest Habitat is PVC lined, it is leak proof and can be put straight on to a table or flooring without the need to place anything underneath.
The cage is easy to wipe clean so on when it is time to do a full cage clean you can use a damp cloth and warm water as well as a pet safe cleaner (or white vinegar) and just wipe it down afterwards with a dry cloth.
Every now and again, the canvas cage base will benefit from a more thorough wash. Machine washing isn’t recommended but it can be hand washed using warm water with a mild detergent and then dried flat.
You might find it useful to have a second canvas base so you can simply switch them over while one is being washed.
Here is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the Midwest guinea pig cage:
We think the Midwest Guinea Pig Habitat Cage is a really good cage and good quality too. But we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that if using this cage you buy two and join them together so your guinea pigs have a bigger space.
You might also like to find out about modular C&C cages which you can make to the exact size you require using grids and connectors.