The feeding shouldn’t always be the same, but should be interesting and can even be challenging to make it more exciting for the guinea pigs. Food becomes interesting when it can’t be seen or reached immediately, but can be smelled and needs to be found. Herbs or branches can stick out of a wood brick or tubes, vegetables can float in the air (on a line), fruit may hide under bridges or in tubes… imagination knows no bounds! Give your guinea pig some work to do, so it trains its body and nose while eating. Hope you’ll find some ideas useful and inspiring. You can either scroll down to see each idea one by one or you can use the menu below to jump to the toy you’re most interested in.
The food line is easy to make. Just take a rope or line, cut vegetables or fruits into pieces and carve a small piece out. Finally put the treats onto the string and put the food line up in the cage. Depending on the nature of the guinea pig, it will either sit on its feet and nibble at the food or it will try to rip down the treats to eat them on the ground. If your guinea pig belongs to the second category you can make it easier for it if you additionally carve a line in the food that reaches from the hole to the outside.
Hay is the most important part of a guinea pig’s diet and needs to be available 24/7. If you don’t want to buy a standard plastic hayrack from the pet shop, you can easily create your own pretty wooden hayrack. Here are the instructions for a small standing hayrack, that can be used by guinea pigs from four sides.
- 36 nails with a length of 1.6cm / o.63 inches
- A wooden board with the size 16cm x 9cm / 6.3 inches x 3.54 inches
- A round wooden rod with the length of 240cm / 94.49 inches
- A square beam with the length of 46cm / 18.11 inches
- A saw
- A hammer
- A pair of pliers
Step 1 – Preparing the rods
– Take the round wooden rod and cut it into 16 pieces, each piece should have a length of 15cm / 5.91 inches
– Use a nail to hammer holes into one end of all the 16 pieces. Remove the nails with a pair of pliers
– If necessary polish the ends of the rods
Step 2 – Preparing the ground board
– Take the wooden board and 16 nails
– Hammer the nails into the wooden board, an equal distance apart. They should come out on the other side of the board
Step 3 – Creating the lower part of the hayrack
– Take the 16 rods and put them onto the nails
Step 4 – Stabilizing the hayrack
– Cut the square beam into two pieces with the length of 7cm / 2.76 inches and two pieces with the length of 16cm / 6.3 inches
– Place the long pieces on top of the long side of the hayrack and attach them with nails to the hayrack
– Attach the small pieces to the small sides of the top of the hayrack
– Hammer nails into the sides of the top to join the four top pieces
This item isn’t exactly homemade, but it will make the feeding more interesting for your guinea pigs. Just take a plastic ball (e.g. a Betty Ball, which is used for washing bras) and fill it with hay. Your guinea pigs will enjoy rolling the ball around to get the hay. Blitz and Milka have a lot of fun pushing the ball down the stairs, from the top to the ground floor.
For this one you’ll only need scissors and an old sock. Take the sock and cut some holes of different sizes into it. Fill it with hay and surprise your guinea pigs!
Instructions coming soon!