Guinea pigs need time out of their cage every day to stay healthy and content. And you’ll enjoy your small pets more, too, when they are out of the cage. But some considerations are to be made before you can let your guinea pig run loose.
In the first place, you must guinea pig-proof the room. This means removing electrical cords and telephone and computer wires from reach, since guinea pigs are notorious chewers. Cords and wires that can’t be moved must be covered with plastic tubing.
Toys to play
Toys are also needed while pets are out of the cage. Cardboard boxes, paper grocery bags, anything that will work as a tunnel, or tunnel hay from Cunipic, where they have hay and a toy to play at the same time.
Supervision is needed when other animals are around
Guinea pigs should have at least two hours a day out of the cage, if possible. During this time, make sure you supervise them, but specially you must supervise them if you are in the garden or outdoors. Guinea pigs are vulnerable to cats, dogs and predatory birds when are outdoors.
The same in the house, though. If you have cats or dogs in the house and a guinea pig escapes, confine them and close all windows and doors. Check under seat cushions, inside closets, underneath furniture and behind doors. If you can’t find him or her, don’t panic. Eventually your small pet will get hungry and will come for food.