So, a guinea pig ramp is a guinea pig ramp, right? I mean, how much can really change from one ramp to another? Well the reality is, your not wrong 🙂 These things are pretty uniform in terms of their make up. BUT there are a few things you will want to keep in mind when you buy a guinea pig ramp.
You should take into consideration the following variables: weight, length, grippyness (if that is a word), material and of course the price. I have compiled a pretty extensive list of my recommendations for guinea pig ramps according to those above factors. However, before I break down each factor, feel free to check out my number one recommendation here if you are short on time:
These guys have made a pretty darn good ramp. Don’t believe me, check out what other people are saying right here.
Guinea Pig Ramp Recommendations
So, before I go on, I just want to make a few points in regards to guinea pig ramps. Typically, we buy guinea pig cages that are pretty large… or so we should. The last thing we want is a cage that is way to small and causes our guinea pig to feel cramped and crowed. However, that can mean that the cages end up being two stories tall…
While a lot of these a lot of these cages have a ramp already installed within them, some do not (or do… but the ramp is just made incorrectly). Getting hold of an extra ramp can be incredibly helpful for your little guy when it comes to moving around. This is even more important when it comes to DIY guinea pig cages. I have seen loads of crazy guinea pig cage designs that people have made up on there own, many of them are awesome, and some… not so much.
One of the big things that seems to slip in people’s mind is the fact that guinea pigs are not natural climbers. You therefore need to get a ramp that is both set at the correct pitch and has sufficient grip. Guinea pigs, unlike their smaller animal counterparts, have a certain body make up which prevents them from climbing and also using certain toys such as a hamster ball (they can use them but it causes long term damage to their backs).
So here are my key factors that I used to evaluate the huge range of guinea pig ramps that are actually out there.
Guinea Pig Ramp Evaluation Factors
Number 1 – PRICE
No one wants to pay huge a amount of money for a guinea pig ramp… or anything really haha. For my recommendations, I have tried to keep the price to a minimum and insure that you get the most bang for your buck. While price is obviously a factor, I have also tried to make sure that I am not compromising on the quality of the product for the sake of saving a few bucks. The classic saying, you get what you pay for typically holds true and guinea pig ramps are no exception.
Number 2 – MATERIAL
In my experience, I have found that a lot of the products that are in the pet world are not made to the same standards that human products are made to. What do I mean by this? Well, you can take guinea pig toys as an example. A lot of the material that is used in making the guinea pig toys has harmful chemicals within them. These then get exposed to your guinea pig which can result in severe illnesses down the road. In the case of guinea pig ramps, these can come in the form of harmful paints and weatherproof coatings that get applied to the material. The recommendations I make have taking into consideration these chemicals and I have highlighted if there are any risks.
Number 3 – LOOK
Now I understand that look and appeal are both very subjective. Nonetheless, I think I have pretty good taste 😛 .So any recommendations that I make are ones that I think will look good in your guinea pig cage.
Number 4 – OTHER PEOPLE’S REVIEWS
Two heads is always better than one, right? I’ve taken into consideration other peoples reviews across multiple websites and through my own personal interactions with other guinea pig owners. Personally, I think it helps to get a broad range of opinions on one subject. Guinea pig products are no exception!
SO LETS GET TO IT.
As I mentioned at the start of this article, my first recommendation comes from Pulse Brands. This guinea pig ramp is more designed as a bridging point between two cages. Check out the photo below to figure out what I mean by this 🙂
So let’s go through the evaluation factors:
At about $23, this is certainly a bit more expensive than your typical ramp.
It goes without saying that if this ramp made it to number one on my list, it certainly doesn’t have any harmful toxins, paints or chemicals added to it. Believe it or not… guinea pigs like to chew things. Wood is no exception. While a chemical coating the guinea pig ramp may seem harmless, it becomes a lot more problematic when your guinea pig starts chewing the material itself.
Last but not least, are the grooves in the ramp. These little grooves help your guinea pig get a firm grip when it is moving up and down the ramp. Like I said before, your guinea pig’s body really isn’t designed for climbing up steep angles. Anything that can get your little guy some extra support is a huge bonus.
So, if you are a frequent reader of Abyssinian Guinea Pig Tips, then you will know that I love the look of wood. Personally I think this lamp looks great.The only problem I can see potentially arising, is the gradual dis-coloration that will take place over time. However, a simple solution is to simply clean the ramp on a regular basis.
OTHER PEOPLE’S REVIEWS
For me, it was this factor that made me put this ramp at the top of my list. Receiving and average of 5 stars, this guinea pig ramp is a crowd favourite. People are particularly pleased with the durability of the material that the ramp is made from (read more here). A few people mentioned that the ramp can also act as a hidey house for your guinea pig.
Next up in my list is a ramp made by Trixie Natura. Now I have not had a huge amount of experience with these guys, but they definitely know how to make a nice guinea pig ramp.
Keep in mind, while this ramp is advertised as a ‘rabbit ramp’ it is just as good a guinea pig ramp as it is anything else.
Now, this ramp is certainly a lot cheaper than my first recommendation. How much cheaper? Well, this ramp is roughly about half the price coming it at about $15
Now, as you can see, the ramp has a pine finish on the edges and the gravely like texture on the surface. The only reason I didn’t put this ramp further up on the list was due to the chemical additives that are in ramp. The pine has been treated which means a chemical ‘preservative’ has been added to it. This is great for preventing rot, but terrible if your guinea pig decided to start chewing on the wood. Just be mindful of that.
Also, the gravel mixture on the surface of the ramp has been mixed with some glues (for extra stickiness). I can’t see this being a problem for your guinea pig as I doubt they will chew this part, but just keep in mind that it is there.
I think this guinea pig ramp looks nice… but not great. Personally, this ramp seems like it would be more suited to an outdoor setting rather than placing it in a cage that is indoors.
OTHER PEOPLE’S REVIEWS
Once again, this ramp is very highly rated by other buyers. Receiving an average of 4.5 stars, people really like the ease of application that this ramp has. In layman’s terms, its just super easy to set up.
Honestly, I love this next recommendation. However, the only reason I didn’t put this guinea pig ramp further up the list is because it is more of a toy rather than anything else… In saying that though, this is a pretty awesome toy. If you are interested in guinea pig toys, check out my article all about them right here.
Pretty cool looking right? If you have some free space in your guinea pig cage, this can act as a great little toy and activity for your guinea pig. Even if your cage is pretty cramped for space, you can alway set this system up somewhere where you let your little guy roam around. Trust me, your guinea pig will love this (especially if you encourage him/her with treats.
Personally, I think this guinea pig ramp system is surprisingly cheap… Coming in at only $23, you are definitely getting some good value for money.
Now, the material used in this guinea pig ramp is Timber. I have been unable to find out if the timber is treated however. Fortunately, there is clearly no nails or odd shaped objects sticking out from this little setup. This means, there is no risk of cuts or surprise bruises. Keep in mind, depending on the size of your guinea pig, this ramp system may be too small. Make sure you check out the dimensions before you buy. The dimensions can be found here.
The connecting tube between each tower is made from PVC plastic. This tube poses the only risk I can see in using this ramp system for your guinea pig. The tube is actually quite narrow… Personally, I don’t think this would happen but here is a chance that you’re a guinea pig will get caught within the tube system. After measuring the tube I consider removing it, to prevent this from happening.
Personally, I think this looks pretty cool. Once again it’s made using wood and you know I’m sucker for wood. Keep in mind, this setup is actually rather big. So make sure you have enough space within your guinea pig cage or guinea pig run area.
OTHER PEOPLE’S REVIEWS
One sentence… people love it. People love this set up! Getting an average of 4.5 stars is no easy task, but these guys have seemingly done. People are seeing increased activity from their small pets with loads of reviews post videos of their pets running around the ramps!
Thanks For Reading
I hope you found that article helpful 🙂 If you any questions related to guinea pig ramps, or guinea pigs in general, feel free to ask to me. I love hearing from you guys and I am always happy to help.