Guinea pigs are prey animals. In the wild, their relatives spend a lot of time hiding from predators. Domestic animals don't have that worry, but they still retain the desire to hide and feel safe. So here are some ideas for guinea pig hideouts.
A hiding place is an essential item for your guinea pig's cage. If you have more than one piggy (and that's always a good idea, since they're herd animals by nature), you should have one hideout for each pig. You can choose from many... options, either store bought or made at home.
Most other pocket pets share piggies' desire for a hideout. The products on this page come in sizes to accommodate pretty much every species of small animal.
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Plastic igloos, often know as "pigloos," are a favorite hiding spot for many guinea pigs. I have two Super Pet plastic igloos for my own guinea pigs. One is in their cage, and the other is in their playpen.
Pigloos are sturdy and easy to clean since they're made from plastic. You can buy them in various colors to match your cage décor. If you have larger or smaller pocket pets, you can buy them in sizes to accommodate everything from a mouse to a ferret to a bunny.
The only downside to pigloos is that some guinea pigs and other pocket pets chew them. If yours is one of them, you'll have to replace the pigloo periodically.
You may have problems if you have a very dominant cavy that bullies its cage mate. Pigloos have only one entrance, so a mean guinea pig can trap its cage mate inside if it wants to be nasty. Avoid this by cutting a hole in the back of the pigloo to make a second entrance/exit.
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You can buy cute wood houses in various styles as a hiding place for your guinea pig. Wood is an earth-friendly renewable resource, and it's also attractive to guinea pigs who like to chew.
Like pigloos, wood hiding houses come in different sizes, so they're actually suitable for any pocket pet. They're especially good for chewing species, but you'll need to replace the house periodically if you have a critter that likes to do carpentry work.
My guinea pigs are especially fond of their Planet Petco Small Animal Wood Hideaway. It's part of Petco's line of "green" products, and it's sturdy and comes in multiple sizes.
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Although tunnels are primary something for guinea pigs to run through, many piggies like to hide in them as well. I have several different types of tunnels for my guinea pigs, and they enjoy hiding out in all of them periodically. Other small animals usually enjoy them as much as piggies do.
I like Flex-E Fun-Nels because, even though the plastic is colored, I can see through it, so I know when one of my piggies is taking a nap inside. Ware Fun Tunnels For Small Animals are solid colored, and longer than the Fun-Nel pieces, so it's hard to tell if the piggies are in one of those tunnels unless I pick up the piece and feel the weight of a chubby piggy body. My piggies do enjoy chewing the Fun-Nels, so I have to replace them occasionally.
My guinea pigs are also big fans of Super Pet Crinkle Tunnels. They seem to like the crinkle sound, and they love peeking through the hole midway through the tunnel, or even running out through it. I also like it because I can usually tell when they're in the tunnel.
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You can buy flexible sticks that twist into different shapes suitable for a guinea pig or other pocket pet to use as a hiding place. Some are plain, and some are a little fancier. For example, Super Pet Tropical Fiddle Sticks are brightly colored and are also flavored to encourage chewing. They come in multiple sizes to accommodate all pocket pet types, from tiny to large.
My guinea pigs are fussy about the toys they chew, so I like Tropical Fiddle Sticks because the flavor seems to encourage them to gnaw. My younger guinea pig, Quinn, sees them as a chew toy as well as a place to hide. All stick toys need to be replaced if your pet chews them down far enough to expose the underlying metal structure.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Homemade Hiding Places
Although there are plenty of options in the pet store, you can make some fun hideouts for your guinea pig with materials you have around your home. For example, like cats, guinea pigs love hiding in paper bags. I often stuff lunch bags halfway full with timothy hay so my girls can climb in and eat it.
You can also use old oatmeal containers or cereal boxes that you tear apart and prop up in an A-frame shape. Let your guinea pig have fun with these items, and pitch them when they get soiled or chewed.
The great thing about these hiding spots is that they're free, and you can find them around your house.