Considering what to get a guinea pig for Christmas can be a tricky thing.
I mean what do you get an animal who doesn’t understand what is going on during that time?
Well here are some ideas that you could get your guinea pig as a gift so that they are not left out of the festive giving at Christmas. So here are 8 Christmas ideas for your guinea pig.
Christmas ideas for your guinea pig
Eating Christmas veggies.
Vegetables such as Brussel sprouts, parsnips, carrots, cranberries, cabbage, bell peppers and green beans can be eaten in small amounts by guinea pigs.
They need to eat them raw though and not in a cooked state and won’t mind feeding off the scraps that you throw out of the above veggies. Just make sure they are washed thoroughly before you feed them to your piggies.
Be careful though, there are some veggies such as onions that guinea pigs can’t eat, so if you are concerned at all just check this site for the vegetable you are concerned about.
You can check out our guinea pig foods index for the food that you are looking for.
One thing that guinea pigs love more than anything else, except bell peppers, of course, is Timothy hay.
Timothy Hay is a natural perennial grass. It is a very fibrous grass which has many benefits to your piggie, both from a health perspective and to their taste buds.
It is vital for the proper functioning of their digestive system as when the chewed hay moves through the small and large intestine, the high fiber content aids in the passage of food. It also helps them grind their teeth down when they chew it.
Timothy hay is also very green and fresh for piggies to eat and by far the tastiest hay for them to chew on. My piggies absolutely adore it!
Anytime they have Timothy hay they wheek in delight at the sight of it.
So a treat of Timothy hay for Christmas is a great present for them if you don’t regularly feed it to them.
Presents made from timothy hay.
Because they really love Timothy hay, you can actually do some really cool things to make it Christmassy for your guinea pig.
Some gift ideas you can make for them include, stuffing a cardboard tube full of timothy hay.
They will love trying to fish it out once you put it out for them. You could put little parcels of Timothy hay around the cage for them to find in different corners and crevices. They love to hunt for things and will love finding them.
You could put some timothy in a hidey house that can be purchased for them. Stuff it full of it, so that they have to burrow into it.
These are just some ideas you can do with Timothy hay to make a nice present or experience for your guinea pig.
Good chew toys.
Guinea pigs need to chew in order to keep their teeth in good condition. If they don’t chew, their teeth grow and if they grow too long they will hurt them.
They grind their teeth down by chewing different things and so always need things to chew on.
Most of the time this can be hay but they love to have variety in the things that they chew.
Chew toys can be anything from a block of wood to specially made guinea pig chew toys which can be purchased.
These can be anything from something like this to this
Small animal rice pops
You could get them a small animal rice pop.
They are crispy and crunchy chews which are made from rice and corn. They are good for healthy and clean teeth and help them grind them down at the same time. Rice pops make great boredom breakers for piggies and are also good for hand feeding if need be.
Get them a friend.
If you have a guinea pig that is on their own then why not consider getting them a cage mate?
Guinea pigs are social animals and enjoy spending time with other guinea pigs. If you give them a cage mate they will benefit in the long run.
It will take time to integrate them together but once you are through that stage, their quality of life will be enhanced as a result.
It will be much better for them than living on their own. A good article to read about integrating two guinea pigs together is this one. Also, check out this video on the subject
Upgrade their living quarter’s.
If your guinea pig has had their home for a while and it is looking a bit tired, then consider upgrading their home to a better one for them. They will enjoy living in a larger home or one made of better wood or plastic.
If they are indoor guinea pigs, then why not consider upgrading their home to a c&c cage which are the best indoor guinea pig cages that you can possibly get.
They come in all shapes and sizes and you can add to it as time goes on so you don’t have to buy the biggest and most expensive one from the start.
Heat pads for them to sit on.
Small animals like guinea pigs love heat pads to sit or snuggle on.
They are made of hard plastic and so cannot be chewed and all you need to do to warm them up is to put them in a microwave for a specific time.
To make it comfier for your guinea pig, they come in a fleece so they are nice for your piggie to sit on. They will absolutely love them especially as the weather gets colder.