I love small animal pets such as guinea pigs, bunnies, and rats. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of how to raise healthy pets.
Can Guinea Pigs Play Games?
One of the most fun things about having pets is spending time interacting with them. It's not fun for them or you if all they do is sit in a hutch or cage all day waiting for their next meal. When it comes to guinea pigs, of course, you should always have two or more, as they are very sociable animals and are far happier when they have friends to share their lives with.
It is quite possible to play games with your guinea pig, though you must remember that, because guinea pigs are so small, you cannot play the usual shouting, screaming, yelling games that you may be used to. When playing with guinea pigs, keep your voice soft and your movements calm. You want your guinea pigs to enjoy your company, not to be afraid of you.
Three Fun Games to Play With Your Guinea Pig
- Hide n' Seek
- Food Scrabble
- Tunnel/Maze Building
1. Hide n' Seek
Guinea pigs can be very curious little critters. If you lay down near them with your head down and face hidden, you may very well find that they come over and investigate you. This isn't just a fun game to play, it is also a good way to build trusting bonds with guinea pigs that may be shy or timid.
Guinea pigs can be quite friendly after a time, but it is not uncommon for them to start off fearful, especially if they have been purchased from a pet shop or another place where they were not handled very much.
2. Food Scrabble
This is a trick that zoo-keepers actually use to keep zoo animals entertained. Find a plastic tube, a hollow ball, or some other non-edible container, and then put some of their favorite food inside it. Your pets will have to figure out how to get their food out of the container.
It is great fun watching the guinea pigs work to free the food, and it is very good exercise and mental stimulation for them. Like all animals, guinea pigs like to be challenged every now and then.
3. Tunnel/Maze Building
If you have the time and a few cardboard boxes, you can build a series of tunnels or even a maze for your guinea pigs. Put the guinea pig at one end and a food reward at the other, and watch as your guinea pig navigates the maze or makes its way through the tunnels. It's pretty easy to make some fairly long and robust tunnels that join together with duct tape, and guinea pigs absolutely love them.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Snowflake101 on July 09, 2020:
Thank u now my Guinea-Pig won’t be bord
The #1 Wolfie Lover!! on June 19, 2020:
Eh.. I don't know my piggies named Rusty and Buttercup eh... don't like games... or anything! But I'll try!
Figi on May 18, 2020:
I can’t think of a game to play with my Guinea-Pigs named Patches and lily
Millie Owen on January 12, 2020:
Thats sooooo helpful! I'm definetly trying that with my guinea pigs!
the loyal Emily on October 25, 2019:
i love guinea pigs dont u,U cant say guinea pigs are not the cutest and best pet i totally recomand GUINEA PIGS!
e on November 24, 2018:
I can recommend children to buy with parents 4 biggest tubes from a UPS store and 4 boxes from a supermarket. Ask a parent to draw on the bottom in each box a rings (in 2 sides next to each other 1 ring and cut these 2 rings out) stick the tubes in it. This will cost about 20 - 25 dollar in total. But the guinea pigs will have a lot of fun.
Also you can ask your parents to buy in a wall mart store fleece.
These are easy to wash in a washing machine. I bought 8 blankets for 2,5 dollars each. I wash theme every week. A good investment and much cheeper than paper shredded paper from a pet store.
Dolores Newman on July 05, 2018:
Glad I found this page I bought a guinea pig for daughter and hubby suggested another as he was taught to never buy 1 so I claimed one Cinnamon yes red head so is my daughter. But I've fallen in
Ginger on February 03, 2018:
My guinea pig ginger is so talented. She loved the hide and go seek one.
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Remy on January 15, 2018:
Pinky pie on June 02, 2017:
What if the hide in your shoulder
lydia on March 28, 2017:
I love my guinea pigs they so cute some people are so cruel to them
Bella Guinness pigsbliver on February 16, 2017:
I love my pet but the hide and seek she never comes to find me
I love Guinea pigs on January 17, 2017:
My Guinea pig won't do anything when I do the hide n seek one. Not helpful
guinea.pig.lover on January 04, 2017:
Take off the roof of their 'bed' and put a little tunnel that they can fit through in front of them.
In time your guinea pig will gradually come out to sniff your fingers and see if you are food.
Give it some hay or lettuce and repeat.
MMasters on September 09, 2016:
I put a vinyl tablecloth with the soft side up on my bed, put on some stuffed animals, a pile of hay, and then sit on the bed. My yearling boar and 2 younger boars just love to popcorn on the bed, play with the stuffed animals, and run through the hay. And it's very entertaining to watch them. When they finally get tired, they all come over, climb into my lap, and take a snooze :)
Guineapigowner on March 11, 2016:
Thanks for the games mine are really shy so I'll try this out
peeko on February 16, 2013:
i need more anserse! . my ginny pig wont do them
TotallyPositive on November 05, 2012:
I like these ideas, and will definitely try out the maze idea with my little pig, Gherkin :)
guineapig123 on September 22, 2012:
I like the hid seek one
brittney on January 28, 2012:
thx for the info im gonna get my second and third guinea pig soon :]
shaggy on June 10, 2011:
Im gona get one pretty soon thanks for the fun games you can do with ur guinea pig :)
Shaykela on November 08, 2010:
Thanks Im getting a guinea pig soon and I wanted to know some fun things to do with it!
Theguineapiglover on October 26, 2010:
Hey guys i L-o-v-e guinea pigs i have a baby of my own her name is Snowball she is Ah-mazingly cuh-yute!