One thing that guinea pigs need is space to stretch their legs and explore. They also love to run around and if you have the room in your back yard then set up a hood run for them to run around in.
But what if you don’t have the space in your backyard, or what if you can’t have your guinea pugs run outside because of adverse weather?
Can guinea pigs run around the house?
Yes they can and they will really enjoy it. However there are some things you need to do in order to make sure that it is a successful exercise.
1. Clear away all cables and things you don’t want chewed. Its amazing what guinea pigs will chew on, and they won’t discriminate. So clear away from the floor any thing that you wouldn’t want chewed at all. This includes cabling which they will chew through if they get the chance.
2. Separate a room for them to run in rather than the whole house unless you want them to go missing. Its better to have them running around one room so you can control them better.
3. Close all exits to the room. By doing this you stop the from escaping and spending the rest of the day trying to find them around your home.
4. Be ready to accept that they will pee and poop in that room. If you have guinea pigs out of their cages for any length of time, then they will pee and poop on your floor. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to prevent this so have some anti-bacterial cleaner on hand and a scrubbing brush. Not to mention some rubber gloves. Clean it up after you put the piggies away though.
5. Clear any other pets who might scare them out. If you have any dogs or cats in your home then it would be worth removing them from the room that they guinea pigs are in. They will definitely scare them and it wouldn’t be fair on either the guinea pigs or the other animals for this to happen.