5 Fun Ways to Exercise Your Guinea Pig

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If you’re looking for some fun ways to exercise your guinea pig, I’ve got you covered!

Like all animals, cavies need plenty of physical activity to keep them in tip-top shape.

Without it, they’ll not only become dangerously overweight, they’ll also develop depression and anxiety.

Read on to discover just how much exercise your guinea pig needs plus a few fun ways to help them get it.

Related: Top 10 Best Guinea Pig Toys

How much exercise do guinea pigs need?

The answer to that question depends on the size of their habitat.

According to RodentLife, cavies who live in small habitats need about 3-4 hours of exercise.

If your piggies have a larger living space you can get away with an hour a day (although more is always better).

In both cases, you’ll want to take your piggy out of her habitat and either put her in the best guinea pig playpen (supervised) or a cavy-proofed room for free-range play.

Fun Ways to Exercise Your Guinea Pig

Finding ways to exercise your guinea pig isn’t all that hard

Related: Guinea Pig Health

Related: Guinea Pig Health.

You could just let them loose in their piggy-proofed room and let them do their thing.

However, since you’re looking for FUN ways to exercise them, I’m going to assume you want to be involved in the workout.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at activities that you can do with your piggy!

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1. Take them outside

Cavies love exploring new surroundings, so taking them outside on a nice day is a great way to give him a fun workout.

You’ll need to do a little prep work first, of course. You can’t just take him into your backyard and let him lose.

A DIY run is a good way to go. Check out the video at the end of this section for a tutorial.

If you can’t put up a permanent structure, you can also use n outdoor baby play yard (like this one) to set up a safe spot (check out this article to see how).

The fun part? Watching him “popcorn” all over the place as he feels the grass beneath his toes and the sun on his cute cavy face.

2. Teach them tricks

Guinea pigs are remarkably smart, which makes them incredibly trainable.

Don’t believe me? Check out this insanely adorable video of one piggy doing his whole repertoire of tricks all at once.

We’ll talk about how to train your guinea pig in more detail in the future. For now, here’s a great guide!

Trick training isn’t just one of the most fun ways to exercise your guinea pig, it’s also a fabulous way to strengthen your bond.

3. Play with fun DIY toys together

Cavies LOVE playing with toys, and they’re not terribly picky about them. While you can certainly buy guinea pig toys, they’re just as easy to make.

You don’t need much for the toys in the video below. Some paper bags and empty toilet paper rolls (remove the adhesive first) can go a long way.

Other fun DIY toy ideas include:

  • A snuffle mat made with fleece
  • A sock stuffed with bedding or hay
  • Tunnels made from empty cardboard oatmeal containers

Squeaks and Nibbles has a great list of DIY toys, along with safety tips.

4. Play hide and seek with treats

Piggies love hide and seek, especially when the “seek” part involves finding tasty treats!

Before you take your cavy to his play area, hide a few piggy-safe veggies around the room.

You may need to get your piggy started with the hunt by guiding him to the first few.

Once you’ve played this a couple of times, though, your piggy will know what to do!

FYI, if you want a fantastic list of safe fruits & veggies, I use this one on Happy Cavy. It’s color-coded and printable (I keep it on my phone so I can refer to it when shopping).

5. Build a cavy course

This fun way to exercise your guinea pig combines some of the ideas above with a few new elements.

A cavy obstacle course can be as simple as a few boxes connected by bridges in your piggy’s playroom or as complex as a massive course set up in their outdoor run.

The video below shows a simple setup. Aside from the little bridges, everything is made from things you have in your home.

What about exercise wheels & balls?

You’ll notice that I completely left exercise wheels and balls off the list. There’s a good reason for that. They’re dangerous.

Now, when I say “exercise balls,” I’m talking about the type that you stick your pig into and close up. You know, like the kind hamsters love.

Piggies are not hamsters, however. Their spines weren’t made to bend backward.

Sticking them in anything that forces them to bend like that can cause horrific pain and permanent damage. That goes for both balls and wheels.

Fortunately, there are so many other safe and fun ways to exercise your guinea pig that won’t cause pain or paralysis, like the five ideas above!

If you're looking for some fun ways to exercise your guinea pig, I've got you covered! Check out 5 brilliant and easy ideas!

Do you have any other favorite fun ways to exercise your guinea pig? Share below!


Nicole Etolen is a freelance writer, blogger. She currently has two cats and a dog, both of which lived in harmony with her two guinea pigs for years.
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12 thoughts on “5 Fun Ways to Exercise Your Guinea Pig”

  1. I taught my two piggies how to run up the stairs, and they love it! It’s so fun to watch, and is definitely my favourite exercise for them!

  2. I have never thought much about exercise for guinea pigs, but I guess all creatures could benefit from exercise. I just assumed the tubes and toys were for fun and entertainment. Good to know!

  3. These are really good ideas. We took our hamster outside to play a few times now and he loved it.

  4. Guinea pigs are so adorable and make great companions. I didn’t realize that they needed so much exercise.

  5. Just about time to proceed with my plan to have a guinea pigs. My kids adore them so much. They’re so cute and i want them too!

  6. I don’t have a guinea pig but those sound like great and fun ideas indeed. Thanks for the interesting read.


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