Three Games to Play With Your Guinea Pigs
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 that the guinea pigs will have to work at in order to get food out of 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.
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.
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.