Guinea pig play toys – placing hay inside?
Guinea pigs don’t really play with a lot of toys generally speaking but some like to more than others. Nearly all will maybe play with the same selection of toys. They are great for mental stimulation, a bit of exercise and helps boredom. A few guinea pig play toys can have hay inside to make it more of a fun experience.
First up is rollers that are a barrel shape and made out of wood, you can place a good amount of hay inside and the guinea pigs can roll it around all over the place. You probably need to stuff the right amount in so it’s not too easy for them where it all falls out. A pretty cheap toy that they can have a lot of fun with.
Toilet rolls are always around at home and can be taken advantage with using to stuff hay in. They again are extremely cheap and do the job effectively.
Chill n chew mat
The Rosewood chill n chew mat will provide something for them to get their strong teeth on and eating hyacinth plus rattan. I have purchased this in the past myself and it has gone down well, they loved wripping off the natural edible materials. You might think well hang on a minute this isn’t a toy where they are running about with, which is a fair point but there is good stimulation here and will keep teeth worn down as well as exercising a bit to pull the materials. You can get on Amazon at the moment for less than £3. This will probably engage many guinea pigs in using as it is edible which of course they love and it measures 33cm by 24cm.
Cheap rattle rollers made of corn leaf and again you guessed it from popular brand Rosewood. Some guinea pigs love chew toys and throwing them around with their teeth. This will get them moving about just to chomp these down. I might look at getting these at some point and see if mine like them. There 16cm long with a 4cm diameter.
Willow wicker balls
Willow wicker balls are great for eating and chewing. They might play a bit of football with these. There is also a ball covered in small carrot pieces that pets at home do that includes hay inside and mine loved that, then once they have eaten all of what was provided just keep filling up again and again.
Wooden bridges that can be bent into different shapes as it is connected together with wire. Great for them to walk under and over.
Tunnels that are made from fleece or hay can be used as shelters. They can run through and more than one can stay in at a time depending on the length of the tunnel.
Wooden castles are absolutely brilliant as they will run up the ramp to be higher up whilst eating some hay. Whilst the other is down below hiding away. Costs a bit more than other toys but will keep them entertained as there are many benefits to them.
Where they can be hanged on cage bars or anywhere else your able to or just leave on the floor. These can be chews or metal balls filled with tasty hay. Really gets them reaching for the stars and interested to see whats that thing hanging up there, but they can still be fine on the ground if your struggling to find somewhere to place them.
Ok lets sum up now 🙂
So there are just a few toys I have mentioned in this small list but there are others to look at on the internet. I think generally guinea pigs like something that they can chew, eat and hide in. You will have to try different ones until there is one that the particular piggie might like, I am sure there will be something to get them intrigued. Remember that you can make homemade toys that are just as good and combine them with some paid toys from the pet shop.