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Guinea pigs are naturally herd animals that like to roam they would never " choose " to live in a tiny box and quite simply it is not in the guinea pigs best interest to keep them in a cage as small as one.
Mistreatment of a guinea pig isn't just about bedding/diet and handling it's also about how a guinea pig is housed...
Below are some videos taken from ' You Tube ' which are good examples of what not to house a guinea pig in ' permanently '. Some of these cages may be ok for temporary/quarantine enclosures.
A guinea pig housed on it's own in a small petstore cage. The fact the guinea pig does not have a friend of its own kind only exagerates any boredom/loneliness the guinea pig would be experiencing.
Guinea pigs housed in a small pet shop cage and also walking around on bare wire...
Single guinea pig housed in a small cage...
Single guinea pig in tiny pet shop cage
Baby guinea pigs housed in a petshop overseas in a small glass fishtank. Fishtanks should never be used for housing guinea pigs they provide minimal air circulation in the enclosure in turn this can cause ammonia build up in the enclosure which in turn can cause respiratory infection.
Another guinea pig sits in isolation in a small cage. No hidey houses or tunnels etc for stimulating the mind...
Three guinea pig males in a cage...cage chewing/biting is a sure sign of boredom or lack of things for the guinea pig to chew on e.g. hay. The cage itself is hard to tell the size from the photos but this is just an example of the behavioural problems guinea pigs can pick-up being housed in small enclosures.
If anyone feels any of the above movie examples are fairly reasonable and should be removed from this post please let me know...if anyone would like to add a video to the video post on innapropriate housing for guinea pigs, please feel free to.