Today, I was hanging out with Tofu and Dumpling and realized whenever I move Queen’s Castle or Crunchy Condo, even slightly, the girls always immediately check out the hideys. Now that I think about it, they always did that. Even Peanut would consciously do this before she passed. Many times, I would witness Tofu popcorning after moving her hidey as well. This shows guinea pigs are truly curious creatures that appreciate mental stimulation and interaction. There are many ways to help your guinea pigs be happier, but doing something as simple as changing the position and direction of the hideouts can help. You don’t really have to dramatically rearrange their whole cage every time, but moving the Queen’s Castle just 6 inches or tilting it 90 degrees can increase the quality of life for your guinea pigs.
How to Keep Your Guinea Pigs Happy
Another important element in a piggy's life is veggie time. I think everyone should make the best out of veggie time with their piggies. Hand feeding vegetables will not only make the bonding between you and guinea pigs stronger, but it will also be an unwinding experience after a hard day at work. When you hand feed vegetables, they will do things such as try to climb on you, wheek at you, circle you, and interact with you in many ways. This simple interaction will also enrich your guinea pigs lives and keep them happy.
Many of you all know that I constantly will go out of my way to keep my girls happy (i.e. inventing a new product, starting a business, building hydroponic grass field, etc.) but I think a lot of the guinea pig happiness come from even small conscious efforts like hand feeding and rearranging. Remember, a little love and patience goes a long way!
Do you have any suggestions on keeping your piggies happy? Please feel free to share in the comments below!