Guinea pigs are fascinating little creatures, and that’s due in no small part to their playful nature. They love to explore and investigate, and they need plenty of toys to keep them happy.
Of course, pet care companies are well aware of this fact, and any pet store will have racks of overpriced toys designed to entertain your furry friend. Rather than waste your hard-earned money on a cheap piece of plastic, though, wouldn’t you rather make your own toys?
It’s surprisingly easy (and cheap) to do — and in the guide below, we’ll show you some of our favorites.
1. Hidey House by Weaver
This fun little house, from guinealynx.info user Weaver, is made of thin boards with holes cut out of them. You can even add a little cover to it if you like.
While it’s incredibly simple, it gives your guinea pig plenty of places to hide, and she’ll go crazy popping her head in and out of each chamber.
2. Cardboard Mobile by Alexandria
Pinterest user Alexandria came up with this brilliant idea to use old cardboard. Simply roll it up and dangle it from the top of the cage, giving your pet something fun to gnaw on when boredom strikes.
You can make it even more interesting by tucking bits of food in between each roll.
3. Toilet Roll House by SqueaksandNibbles.com
It doesn’t get any easier than this toilet roll house from squeaksandnibbles.com. All you need is an empty toilet paper roll (you can also use a paper towel roll or even an old oats canister if you want something bigger).
Your guinea pig will likely find the roll fascinating on its own, but if you add some hay or newspaper inside, you’ll give her an endless chamber of fascination.
4. Stick Log Cabin by SqueaksandNibbles.com
Another option from squeaksandnibbles.com is this log cabin made of sticks. All you have to do is find a few sticks of similar length and tie the all together with some string.
It makes a snug, open-ended shelter that your little piggie will absolutely adore.
5. Soda Can House by TheFactoryCreative.com
You can finally find a use for all those old Coke boxes (besides recycling them, of course) with this nifty idea from thefactorycreative.com.
All you need to do is open up one end wide enough for your little buddy to crawl inside. That’s it — you’re done. However, while your guinea pig is sure to love it, you might not enjoy this one as much, simply because you can’t see her while she’s in there.
6. String Buffet by ViralNova.com
While nominally designed for bunnies, guinea pigs should love this string buffet from viralnova.com just as much.
All you have to do is run some string from one location to another, being sure it’s low enough that your pet can reach it. Then, using clothespins, clip some of her favorite foods to the string. She’ll have a grand old time munching her way down the line.
7. Toilet Paper Roll Nest by Alexandria
Another entry from Pinterest user Alexandria, this clever idea involves cutting a toilet paper roll into rings and layering them over one another.
If you fill the inside with hay, newspaper, or treats, your guinea pig will have a toy she’ll enjoy for hours at a time.
8. Dangling Toy by WikiHow.com
Wikihow.com suggests this simple yarn toy that’s sure to intrigue your fuzzy buddy. Simply wrap layers of yarn around a base (like a small cardboard box), then hang the whole thing from the top of the cage.
Your guinea pig will find the swaying motion captivating, and it will keep her entertained all day long.
9. Toilet Paper Roll Tree by Bailing Out Benji
This clever tree from Pinterest user Bailing Out Benji is a great place to stash chew sticks. All you have to do is poke holes in a toilet paper roll and shove the sticks in — your guinea pig will do the rest.
In addition to being entertaining, this will satisfy her natural drive to chew (as well as her equally-strong drive to be adorable).
10. Stuffed Pepper Treat by PetDIYs.com
This toy from petdiys.com gives you a way to get rid of old produce while also keeping your guinea pig entertained. Just take a bell pepper, cut a hole in it, stuff some other food inside it, and hang the whole thing from the top of the cage.
It’s nutritious, delicious, and absolutely fascinating.
11. Box Toy by Cali Cavy Collective
Guinea pigs love to lounge around in hay, and this box from Cali Cavy Collective lets them do just that. All you need is a small cardboard box (produce boxes work great) and some hay to stuff inside it.
It’s easy to make, and you can replace it every time you come home from the store.
12. Wiffle Treat Ball by Amy Arenson
If you have small kids, you can put some of their old toys to use with this Wiffle treat ball from Amy Arenson on Pinterest. You just stuff some delicious treats in the ball and let your guinea pig do the rest.
Baby carrots are a natural choice, but hay and dried corn work great, too.
13. Hanging Soda Bottle by African-Grey.se
This idea from african-grey.se gives you a great use for any spare soda bottles you have laying around. Simply cut a hole in the bottom, fill it with hay, and hang it from the top of the cage.
Your pet can spend hours trying to figure out a way to finagle the hay out of the little hole, and you can get a little extra value out of that Sprite you had last week.
14. Slinky Tunnel by GuineaPigCages.com
Slinkies are fun — until they break. Thanks to this ingenious idea from guineapigcages.com, your guinea pigs’ fun can start when yours ends.
You don’t have to do anything, just throw the slinky in their cage. They’ll quickly figure out fun ways to maximize their enjoyment of this iconic toy.
15. Bunk Bed from GuineaPigCages.com
This gives your guinea pig an elevated place to rest, as well as a nice cubby underneath to hide in. Pretty soon, you’ll be looking at every bit of junk in your house and trying to figure out how to make a guinea pig toy out of it.
Fun Times for Everyone
All of the ideas above can be made in just a few minutes or less, using materials you almost certainly have on hand.
Your guinea pig won’t have any idea how much money you saved on toys, though — all she’ll be thinking about is how much fun she’s having with her new gear.
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