Floor time is very important to a guinea pig’s health. Many piggy parents have asked me through DMs many questions about guinea pig’s having floor time. The truth is, it’s a lot more important than you think. Imagine being in a closed space for a long period of time. This can be very detrimental to your guinea pig’s health for many reasons.
Ideally, guinea pigs should have floor time everyday for at least 1 hour if your guinea pig is not a free-roaming guinea pig like my Tofu and Dumpling.
Having floor time will not only be great for your guinea pig’s physical health, but it will keep them stimulated. When setting up, it is a good idea to make sure your piggies are on a soft surface and prevent your floors with GuineaDad Liners.
What fun is it if it's just floor? To spruce up some fun, be sure to refer to this article to make the experience fun for both you and the guinea pigs. The article illustrates some fun activities that you can do with your piggies.
I let my guinea pigs (Tofu and Dumpling) free roam between two rooms. I do this so they feel free and exercise through out the day. Many guinea pig owners ask me, “how do you prevent guinea pigs from peeing on the floor?”
Below are the infographics of heatmap are three tips to prevent guinea pigs from peeing or pooping on the carpet and floor during floor time.
First tip is to remove legs from couches, sofa, cabinets, or any furniture, if you can. This will prevent your guinea pigs from crawling under them. While you are at it, try to remove any electrical wires (yes, your iPhone chargers too).
Second, push furniture tightly against the wall so that there are no dark or narrow places.
Lastly, place GuineaDad Liners under the furniture in the floor time space to protect your floor and carpet.
Once you set up their floor time with the above tips in mind, it should be fun and comfortable for your piggies to play in and also easier for you to clean up!
Frequently asked questions:
Can guinea pigs walk on tiles and wood floors?
- They can, but tiles and wooden floors can be too hard and slippery for guinea pigs. It could be especially dangerous when guinea pigs try to run after getting spooked (which happens rather often). It is always recommended to place a non-slippery, soft and waterproof material to protect your guinea pigs and floor such as fleece liners for guinea pigs.
Why does my guinea pig not like floor time?
- Guinea pigs are prey animals and they may feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar and open area. You can help them by placing multiple hiding places (suggestions) through out the floor time space. You could also help them forget about all the worries by providing veggies during the floor time. Here are some tasty treats that could also help your guinea pigs become more comfortable with floor time.