Stimulation is very important to small animals and guinea pigs enjoy exploring, sniffing and sometimes playing with new toys. This is why it is good to have a small collection that you can rotate around each week to give your guinea pigs something interesting to do.
However, guinea pig toys can be quite expensive, and all these expenses can really add up, especially when you are buying toys for your pets! You may have noticed that the price for fleece beds, tunnels and tents can be quite high. In this article I shell show you how to make your own DIY guinea pig toys!
Most people forget that many guinea pigs simply love to climb, within their limits! This fun little toy bridge can also be used for mice, rats and hamsters.
You will need: non-toxic glue, popsicle sticks, and craft sticks.
Quite a few people are concerned that colored popsicle sticks are unsafe because of the dyes that are used to color them. The dyes that are used are often, simply food coloring, which is perfectly safe.
In fact, food coloring is the one dye that it highly recommended for coloring animal toys!
Hot glue guns come with glue which is supposed to be non-toxic, after all, most of them are made for children to play with! If you are worried, do check the packets. If your guinea pig is a big chewer, then leaving these toys in their cage may not be an option. You can only bring them out for supervised playtime.
Line up your popsicle sticks in the colors that you want to use, start warming up your hot glue gun and pull out two sticks that you want to use for the base.
To make the base- glue each stick onto the two that you picked out. Make sure to stick them down quickly before the glue dries!
To make the stands, choose three colors that you like and glue them together to make a triangle. Get your craft sticks and glue each end to the end of a triangle. Hold them together until they harden.
Quickly glue each of the craft sticks and place the base on top of them before the glue dries. Now the stick that goes at the tops of the triangles should be glued and held together until it sticks.
Toys with yummy veggies inside are the BEST types of toys! All you need is a cardboard tube (toilet roll), and some treats. For my three, I used cucumber, capsicum and salad leaves.
Chop your veggies up into small pieces and then press down one of the sides closed (don’t tape or glue it shut! Otherwise your piggies won’t be able to get inside!).
Now fill up the tube with veggies and bend the top closed. Now you can serve and enjoy the fun!
WARNING: Tensions can arise from frustration of inability to get to the treats inside!
Pipe Cleaner Hangers
Toys that you can reach up and nibble at are lots of fun, plus they look colorful and creative in a cage. You can drape them from the ceiling, or you can attach them from two corners!
Do remember that you must bend the wire as far as it goes to prevent any injuries from the sharp ends.
All you need are pipe-cleaners!
Choose the sequence of colors that you would like to have, choose which will be your first color, then fold it into a circle and twist the ends around to get rid of the sharp ends.
Corrugated Cardboard Chews
Colored corrugated cardboard can be used to make all sorts of fun things. All you need to do is cut the cardboard into long strips as thick as you like, roll them up, stick them together and use them as cage decorations and chews for guinea pigs.
Cardboard Box House
There’s nothing like a cardboard box to hide in, chew up and drag around! Ask any guinea pig!
Cut off the sides, add a door, perhaps a window or two and add the guinea pigs. It doesn’t matter in the slightest if your guinea pigs decide to eat your cardboard creation and you can rest assured that their teeth are getting worn down in the process.
Op shops are perfect places to grab a few cheap, almost free fluffy toys that your guinea pigs can snuggle up with and drag around their cage. Some cavies become very attached to their toys, not letting them out of sight and choosing only to sleep with them.
Soft toys are NOT for chewers and can cause damage if they swallow the stuffing. If this is the case, cut a small hole in your toy and pull out all the stuffing. Replace this with something safe like hay. Nibbling is okay and won’t harm them.