Guinea Pigs need exercise - Jackie's Guinea Piggies

Your guinea pig needs exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy

Prevue Pet Products Multi-Color Small Pet Playpen 40090

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  • Keep your guinea pigs in a dry area protected from cold drafts and direct sunlight. Guinea pigs cannot tolerate excessive heat. Guinea pigs prefer living in temperatures in the same 18-25°C (65-75°F) range people do. Guinea pigs require exercise and will happily romp around a room that has been cleared of hazards such as electric cords, cats or dogs and poisonous plants.

    My piggies enjoy going through a Cavy-Safe guinea pig exercise course, otherwise known as GPEC Lol they love running up the ramp sliding through the tunnel, and they especially love “The Forest” where I’ve stationed Cavy-Safe tree twigs and the love searching for little treats, but porky’s so bulky he just knocks down all the twigs and finds the treats!

  • The gift box the virtual pet came in had a exercise wheel. It is not recommended that guinea pigs use exercise wheels or balls as this has proven to cause back and leg trauma. We hope the new guinea pig items included with the virtual pet include safe and appropriate toys for cavy care to promote safe pet care among children. If you would like to voice your opinion on what items should be included for the new guinea pig virtual pet, join the conversation posted on .

    Regardless of appearance, a guinea pig needs exercise to maintain optimal health. Time outside the living enclosure to explore surroundings can be the highlight of your cavy's day. Cater to his natural instincts and encourage exercise both in and out of the cage by providing him a companion. Let him explore new shelters often, and encourage him to forage.

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    04-21-2007, 10:28 PM
    Gentle Robot
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    Guinea pig exercise balls - dangerous?

    I bought a 'superpets run-around ball' for my guinea pig from petco. On the way home, I see on the box copy that it is a 'safe carrying container' for the pig. It says it makes 'good exercise' for the other animals it can be used for (ferrets, chinchillas).

    What the heck? I put the pig in it and he was unresponsive and still. He usually just sits around in his cage, so I thought it was normal. I look online and it some folks are saying (amazon reviews, no source) walking in the ball can actually harm his spine. I took him out immediately. Another page said some pigs liked it, others didn't. What is the straight dope? Should I return this $20 piece of plastic with added venom?

  •   Straight Dope Message Board > Main > General Questions

    Your guinea pig needs exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. The the is to the health and happiness of your guinea pig. Any cage size less than an unencumbered 10.5 square feet (or 2 x 4 grids) requires additional floor time. Guinea pigs in large cages will benefit from the additional change in environment, stimulation, and exercise. Even with large cages, your guinea pig cannot get the same quality of exercise and running as they can get with floor time. Lap time (holding and petting and snuggling with your guinea pig outside of it's cage) does count as floor time. Lap time is good for you and your guinea pig, but does not give him the additional exercise and play time he needs.

Guinea pig exercise balls - dangerous

Your guinea pig needs exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. The the is to the health and happiness of your guinea pig. Any cage size less than an unencumbered 10.5 square feet (or 2 x 4 grids) requires additional floor time. Guinea pigs in large cages will benefit from the additional change in environment, stimulation, and exercise. Even with large cages, your guinea pig cannot get the same quality of exercise and running as they can get with floor time. Lap time (holding and petting and snuggling with your guinea pig outside of it's cage) does count as floor time. Lap time is good for you and your guinea pig, but does not give him the additional exercise and play time he needs.