You’ve already got your cage, pellets, hay, water bottles, and all the other necessary guinea pig supplies you need to make your pig feel right at home. It’s one of the best little guinea pig habitats you could have set up. It truly looks like the perfect place for eating, drinking, sleeping, and of course pooping. Although it may be true that your cage may be fit for even the most high maintenance pigs, life in the same cage day after day can get quite dull for any pig. So what can you do to help enhance your pet’s comfortable quarters as well as keep him entertained?
One thing to consider the next time you find yourself shopping for guinea pig supplies online or at your local pet store is the importance of guinea pig toys in terms of providing stimulating guinea pig habitats. Toys are a great way to help your pig exercise physically as well as mentally. And considering how much those lazy pigs like to sleep and eat, a bit of exercise and cognitive stimulation now and then can certainly be crucial.
Another great thing about toys is that they actually serve two purposes. Not only do they entertain your pig, but they also act as chewing devices for guinea pigs to wear down their long teeth. As an owner of five guinea pigs, I cannot stress the importance of this enough. If you don’t provide your guinea pig with things to chew on, you will run the risk that their teeth may overgrow and they might not be able to close their mouth. This can be very uncomfortable for your pig, but most importantly, it can cause serious health problems. So when selecting a toy for your pig, look for one that is suitable for gnawing and chewing. Wooden ones tend to be favorites for guinea pigs. By doing this, you will not only help your pig avoid health problems, but will also help yourself avoid unwanted vet bills.
But when you find yourself in the guinea pig supplies aisle surrounded by hundreds of toys, how do you know exactly which one your guinea pig will enjoy the most? Well, recently my five pigs had their very first experience with a toy called a Nut Nibbler. Basically, the toy consists of brightly colored wooden sticks put together in a dome-like shape with a walnut in the middle as a noise maker. When my family first purchased the toy, I was very doubtful that my pigs would pay any attention to it — seeing as guinea pigs are not known to be playful like cats and dogs are. However, when I placed the Nut Nibbler in their cage, I was surprised to discover that they were not only curious, but actually seemed to enjoy nibbling on it and pushing it around. In fact, after leaving the pigs alone with the Nut Nibbler for a few hours, I returned to find all five of them sleeping around it as if it were a security blanket. And to this day, every time I place the Nut Nibbler in their cage, they instantly flock to it.
The point I would like to emphasize is that although my pigs seem to worship that Nut Nibbler as if it were a guinea pig God, to another pig it may just be another thing to poop on. In other words, every pig is different and you may need to try out more than one toy before you find one that strikes your pig’s interest. Regardless, I highly recommend that you try giving your guinea pig fun toys to nudge and nibble on in order to keep him happy and healthy. The bottom line is: fun toys are a great way to improve the livability of most guinea pig habitats.
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