The guinea pigs make amazing pets for almost every household. Maybe you already have a guinea pig, or you are thinking of getting one, but the crucial thing to think about is all the things this little furry friend likes in order to be happy and satisfied.
What guinea pigs like to do? The behavior of guinea pigs is simple to understand, they like to do regular things any pet does. The guinea pigs love to be played with, to munch on healthy and tasty treats, they like to lay down in their comfortable and simple bedding, they like to socialize with you, or if possible, with another one of their kind – another guinea pig.
The guinea pigs may be simple-looking and not needy when it comes to keeping them as a pet, but there is more to them than it’s believed. Of course, a small appropriate home of their own, a caring owner, food and toys, or another guinea pig by their side, are the essential things.
Guinea Pigs like to Eat Well, Sleep Well, and Socialize
By now you understand overall that these pets are simple to keep and it is easy to make them happy.
First, they require a good and healthy diet. A must-have for the guinea pig is the pellets and hay. For us humans, that is not a food item, but for the guinea pig, it is a favorite essential. They like to munch on things that come from the ground because it keeps their teeth and digestion in superb shape. Try to purchase good quality hay, like Alfalfa or Timothy, even Orchard and Oat Hay. When the guinea pig chews on good quality hay, they get enough calcium and beneficial calories to develop and grow or develop their fetus well (if pregnant).
Another thing they like, and need, is the vitamin C supplementation. Their organism cannot produce this enough by itself, and in a deficit of it, they could get prone to health issues with digestion, teeth decay or scurvy.
The guinea pig absolutely loves to be given fruits and veggies. Make your little pet happy with some bell peppers, carrots, apples, melons, tropical fruits, blueberries, pears, plums, eggplants, zucchini, cucumbers, celery, beans, berries, squash. The guinea pig likes some items like: grapes, onion, raisins, cauliflower and broccoli, leeks, bananas, spinach – but, use these sparingly to prevent them from bloating, regardless how tasty are these for your guinea pig.
Next, the guinea pig likes to rest well and have its own, relatively normal space to rest in. Do not make the mistake of getting an aquarium, because the guinea pig likes to get lots of air, as we all do! The best home for it would be a cage, but one that is big enough with lots of space. One good and creative idea is to even get two small or medium cages and conjoin them as a ‘double home’ with a tunnel to the next ‘room’! This could be fun and interesting for the guinea pig if you have no option for one huge cage.
When it comes to their housing, they like cardboards as another home or ply-space option, with the big cage being the primary one. Or even better, a coroplast cube that looks like a playground and home at the same time. The guinea pig will happily roam, run and play in it.
Finally, these rodent pets are highly sociable and prone to sadness or even depression when completely alone or unnoticed. If you cannot afford or like a second guinea pig, ensure that you are his best friend. This pet likes to get attention, likes to be petted and played with more than other rodents do. And, if you have the chance, get another guinea pig – they like to be cuddled together and have a playmate or partner of their own kind, in order to be happy and cheerful!
How to Entertain Your Guinea Pig During Play Time?
First and most important – set the cage home for the guinea pig in the room where most activity happens. Consider the living room for example; people gather, the TV is on, socializing happens there all the time, so your furry friend will never feel alone or bored.
Then, know that the guinea pig loves to play with almost anything. You can easily keep it entertained and in good mood all the time.
Be creative; you can take a piece of paper, crumble it like a ball and roll it while the guinea pig walks freely on the floor of your home. This sounds too simple, but they love the sound of crumbling!
Make tunnels of cardboard with tubes and wrapping paper, so that it is wide enough for the guinea pig to enter and feel like playing hide-and-seek.
Get a small ball, like a tennis ball or ping pong ball. You can put these in the cage, or on the floor. The more the better, just imagine the joy of the guinea pig with so many things to roll around.
Provide hiding spaces in the cage or around the play areas. Cardboard boxes with holes and towels over them, to look like a small tent, or similar handmade simple objects – just do not use plastic bags or dangerous materials.
Favorite Bedding to Lay On
You surely like to sleep or rest in a comfy bed during the day or night, so why should it be different for the guinea pig, or any pet for that matter?
The guinea pig likes a nice, cuddly spacious bedding with comfy materials that are not prone to odors. Of course, it is your primary goal to make sure the bedding is comfy and odorless, so clean it as often as you can – this is a simple task. Clean the ‘bathroom’ corners of the cage at least twice weekly, or more if you can; this is really simple because you won’t need to change the whole bedding at once, so the toilet corner is of utmost concern until the whole bedding is changed 1-2 times weekly.
The bedding must be absorbent, fluffy, airy, and soft. Avoid the wood shavings if you can, however, they can be used when no other materials are an option for you. The pine shavings have proved to be a good surface that keeps fresh and clean for up to 3 or 4 days.
Another option this pet likes is the recycled paper shedding. Make sure this is not toxic, because the guinea pig will love it and will try to gnaw on this! They like to lay on this thin fluffy surface, it is comfy, non-odor and healthy, if the proper type is chosen.
Also, consider Timothy hay, aspen shavings or fleece bedding – these are healthy for their respiratory organs and they enjoy laying on them for a proper rest.
Lastly, the guinea pig will surprise you, but it often likes to rest on regular linens and blankets. It will cuddle next to you, or even fall asleep in your bed, on the comfy, warm blankets or linens you use. That is, of course, if it is not too curious or playful to stay in one place and rest next to you! While these materials would not be so practical for the cage, to clean or replace constantly, get the little guinea pig out of its cage once in a while, because it loves to rest next to you on the sofa or bed.
Socializing with Another Guinea Pig
Your adorable guinea pig likes to get attention, but this goes without saying for every living creature or human on this Earth, right?
The guinea pigs don’t just like, but also need another one of their kind to keep them company, if possible. In case you can keep only one guinea pig, know well that you are not just his owner, feeder or cage-cleaner, but his best friend and family.
This is a pet that likes companionship and bonding. With another guinea pig, it has security, sleep partner, interaction, play-mate, and better life quality.
If you keep two of them, and one passes away, be sure to provide the guinea pig with another friend. It might be complex to adjust them to one another all over again, but the guinea pig will thank you for this because it likes to have someone by its side.
And, if the guinea pig can have the best of both worlds – you and a companion of his own kind, – you know your cute furry friend will be as happy as it can be!