If you're anything like me, you have several cardboard boxes at any given time lying around the house, thanks to your latest Amazon or other online purchase. (Blame Black Friday.)
Why keep them instead of tossing them in the recycling bin right away? For guinea pig entertainment purposes, of course! A box, sheets of newspaper, and fresh hay are all it takes to turn those empties into an easy, inexpensive source of piggy fun.
- Trim the box to a pig-friendly height, making sure to remove any harmful chewable materials along the way (labels, packaging tape, stickers, etc). At least one side should be low enough for your cavy to enter and exit from.
- Line the bottom with a few sheets of newspaper.
- Fill the box with fresh hay and place in your guinea pig's cage! Try mixing several varieties to encourage foraging. We use a combination of timothy, orchard, and sweet meadow hay.
- Don't be surprised if your pig decides to leave a few beans behind. Recycle or compost soiled boxes.
Poof in particular loves to nest in tasty piles of fresh hay. I've seen her spend entire afternoons lounging and snacking at leisure while defending her territory from other would-be snackees.
Will you be giving this a try?