Stimulation and enrichment are very important for a guinea pigs daily life. You can’t be around all the time to provide endless entertainment so it is essential to have some guinea pig toys around the cage.
What do guinea pigs do?
Many people think that guinea pigs a pretty boring animals. They sit, eat, sleep and poop, but isn’t that about it? The reason is because owners often fail to give them the toys that they need in order to play and have fun!
The common situation: One guinea pig by itself in a hamster cage without any toys.
Without room to run around in and explore, or enough guinea pig toys to enjoy, you have a bored boring pet! Guinea pigs will enjoy–balls to push a round, tunnels to run through, ramps and steps to run up and down, hidey houses and cozies to snuggle up to and LOTS of space to race up and down in.
Many guinea pigs love to climb! As they cannot climb very steeply, and are not very good jumpers, these must be low to the ground and easy to grip.
For a more natural approach, you could use pieces of wood, low rocks or bricks from the garden. Make sure that they will not cause harm with sharp edges or splinters. In fact, there are lots of homemade things that you can use for guinea pig toys.
You can buy hard plastic ones made for guinea pigs or from the pipe section in a hardware store. You can find cardboard ones, but they don’t last very long as they can get very mucky and guinea pigs love to chew cardboard! It is good for keeping their teeth down!
A must have for every guinea pig! Hidey houses are important because guinea pigs can feel secure and safe if they have a dark place to go to when they want to sleep or they are scared.
Pigloos are a big hit! Not only are they cute and colorful in a cage, but they provide a safe spot for nap time!
Cardboard boxes are a must have whenever there is one to spare! It is more then okay for piggie to chew them because it helps to keep their teeth right down. Guinea pigs teeth grow incredibly fast and it is essentially important to have something that your guinea pig can gnaw on everyday.
Edible houses are just what they are! Edible houses!
Wooden houses are very good because not only are they durable but they are natural and can safely be chewed on to wear down teeth and yet last for a long time. They are sometimes made to look like a lovely little log house, which goes perfectly with a natural cage theme. You can also buy them with upper levels or with windows and ramps. You also have the option of making these yourself!
Cuddle cups are a lot of fun! So many talented people have made them into different shapes, colors, patterns and sizes. Etsy has an incredible range of amazing beds for sale complete with cushions, couches and fur lining!
Cozies, otherwise known as snuggle sacks also great for guinea pigs to lie in.
All these different accessories do make life a lot interesting for piggies as they love to explore new things! Try placing a new object in your guinea pigs cage and let them explore it!