What do guinea pigs like to do? Guinea pigs are simple to understand, they like to be played with, to eat healthy and tasty treats and they also like to lay down on comfortable bedding. Guinea pigs also like to socialize with their owners or if possible with another guinea pig. Observe their behavior and always watch for their emotional states because a happy guinea pig will stay healthy. Enabling them to do the things they like will certainly help with that.
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 usually 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 for their emotional well being.
Another thing guinea pigs like and need is vitamin C supplementation. Their organism cannot produce enough vitamin C by themselves and in a deficit of vitamin C, they could get health issues with digestion, teeth decay or scurvy.
Next, the guinea pigs like to rest well and have their own, relatively normal space to rest in. Do not make the mistake of getting an aquarium, because the guinea pigs like to get lots of fresh air, as we all do!
When it comes to their housing, they like cardboards as another home or play-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.
Guinea pigs like to get attention, like 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 playtime? First and most important – set the guinea pig cage in the room where most activity in the house happens. Consider the living room for example; where 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 a good mood all the time.
Be creative, you can take a piece of paper, crumble it in a ball and roll it while the guinea pig walks freely on the floor of your home. This sounds too simple, but they really love it!
Make tunnels of cardboard with tubes and wrapping paper, so that it is wide enough for the guinea pig to enter and feel like they are 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.
• Comfy Bedding to Lay On
You probably 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 pigs like 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.
Clean the ‘bathroom’ corners of the cage at least twice a week, 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 the utmost concern until the whole bedding is changed 1-2 times weekly.
Another option this pet likes is the recycled paper shredding. 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 its 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 the healthiest for their respiratory organs and they enjoy laying on them for a proper rest.
Lastly, the guinea pigs will surprise you, but they often like to rest on regular linens and blankets. The guinea pig will cuddle next to you, or even fall asleep in your bed, on the comfy, warm blankets or linens that you use. That is, of course, if it is not feeling too curious or playful to stay in one place and rest next to you!
While these materials are not 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 will love to rest next to you on the sofa or bed.
• Companionship and Bonding
Your adorable guinea pig likes to get attention, but this goes without saying for every living creature or human on this Earth, right?
If your guinea pigs have everything they need and a lot of your care and attention, they will be very happy and healthy pets. Then they will love you as well, which is very important for a good relationship!
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