Three Games To Play With Your Guinea Pigs

Updated on March 23, 2010

The fun thing 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. Of course, you should always have two or more guinea pigs, 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 however, 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.

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 bonds of trust 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.

Food Scrabble

This is a trick that zoo keepers actually use to keep zoo animals entertained. What you do is you find a plastic tube, or perhaps a ball, or some other non edible container that the guinea pigs will have to work at in order to get the food out and you put some of their favorite food inside it. 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.

Tunnel Building / Maze Building

If you have the time and a few cardboard boxes, you can build 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 navigate 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.

So there you have it, three ways to play with your guinea pigs! Enjoy!

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.


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      2 weeks ago

      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.

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      Dolores Newman 

      5 months ago

      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

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      10 months ago

      My guinea pig ginger is so talented. She loved the hide and go seek one.

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      11 months ago


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      Pinky pie 

      18 months ago

      What if the hide in your shoulder

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      20 months ago

      I love my guinea pigs they so cute some people are so cruel to them

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      Bella Guinness pigsbliver 

      22 months ago

      I love my pet but the hide and seek she never comes to find me

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      I love Guinea pigs 

      23 months ago

      My Guinea pig won't do anything when I do the hide n seek one. Not helpful

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      23 months ago

      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.

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      2 years ago

      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 :)

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      2 years ago

      Thanks for the games mine are really shy so I'll try this out

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      5 years ago

      i need more anserse! . my ginny pig wont do them

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      6 years ago

      I like these ideas, and will definitely try out the maze idea with my little pig, Gherkin :)

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      6 years ago

      I like the hid seek one

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      6 years ago

      thx for the info im gonna get my second and third guinea pig soon :]

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      7 years ago

      Im gona get one pretty soon thanks for the fun games you can do with ur guinea pig :)

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      8 years ago

      Thanks Im getting a guinea pig soon and I wanted to know some fun things to do with it!

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      8 years ago

      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!


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