Getting a good selection of Guinea Pig toys is essential to ensure a happy piggie.
Getting a Guinea pig as a pet can be fun to watch and to hold however keeping them happy is very important.
They are very social animals and can become quite lonely when alone so in our experience it is highly recommended to have a minimum of two together. It’s a herd mentality and they love nothing more than being part of a community.
Guinea pig boredom busters
While you or I go out several times a week and visit many different places, a Guinea pig has only the same space, day in day out so you do need to give your pig(s) something to do. They can’t just pop the TV on.
Please use the arrows at the bottom of the ferris wheel below to scroll through the various Guinea pig toys
How about simple Guinea pig toys made from household items?
Homemade Guinea pig tunnels or places to hide.
These can be as simple as an old cardboard roll from leftover carpet tubes (the cardboard that comes inside a roll of new carpet). Or you could simply get some stiff cardboard and sellotape it together.
How about a hat or cozy?
Other ideas for home made Guinea pig fun – things you can throw in the cage to play with:
Ping pong balls
Empty toilet roll tubes
Corn on the cob hardened to nibble on (from a pet shop)
Paper bag to hide inside
Rolled up ball of paper
Childrens toy trucks (Guinea pigs can sit in them if big enough)
A rope stretched from one side to the other with toys or treats threaded along it (circles of carrot for example with a hole in the middle (like a button))
Many things – a lot of the time, so be sure to put something in with them to help keep them active and busy.
They like to run.
They need a good amount of space to be able to hop around. If you house tow or more you need to double or triple the amount of space they have. We already have this covered. Please look at our top 10 best guinea pig hutches available online here.
They like to forage
Taking them back to their basic animal instincts, foraging for food is something that every Guinea pig was born to do. Why not make life interesting by hiding their treats inside a toy, or under some paper or straw. This helps keep them active and interested.
They really want to feel protected
Because a Guinea pig is very small, out in the wild they are very much at the risk of birds of prey or other animals who feed on rodents and the like. This in-built instinct within a Guinea pig means they should always havea special place they can go and hide. A tube or under a rock works wonders.
Guinea pigs need toys
Yep, like many animals, a toy helps relieve boredom and I’m sure it makes them a little happier as a result.
We tested and reviewed hutches to discover the best rabbit hutch and the best guinea pig hutch.
Now you can read all about our tried and tested BEST top 10 hutches for indoor rabbits and guinea pigs or for outdoor pets.
Updated July 2018
Nope, when testing these, we didn’t sleep or spend time in a number of hutches ourselves but we did put them through their paces. First of all, remember that Rabbits and Guinea pigs are very sociable animals.
For convenience, we wanted to let you know our preferred rabbit hutch / guinea pig hutch that shone out best for us was not one, but two hutches. The Ferplast Grand Lodge and the Conny hutch.
So let’s carry on with our review.
“We need a friend to be around!”
Most of them get along with a fellow furry friend, so it’s usually a good idea to house two of them together.
Therefore look for the best guinea pig cage for two of them.
(Hint: bigger is always better!)
An outdoor guinea pig cage will alway us suit your furry Rabbits too, so try to imagine them having a bit of room to run around, and you’ll hvae far happier pets.
Where do we begin?
We had a lot to think about. You would have assumed that hutches are pretty much the same.
But they’re not.
In fact we had to take into account things such as:
Size of hutch to allow for play space and sleep space
How long it will withstand the elements (if at all!)
Do we want indoor cages or outdoor cages?
Would it fit our space?
Is it easy to clean / is there a slide out tray ?
.. and so on.
So we eventually filtered out everything that didn’t meet these expectations and here is our top 10 list.
The above outdoor guinea pig cages are our current favourites. Very well made, great pricing and great construction.
Remember that outdoor guinea pig hutches need to be safe, strong and warm. Your piggies and rabbits need to be protected from a variety of things, such as them venturing out into a neighbours property, into the road, or beging taken by a predator such as a large bird or fox for example.
Take any of the above outdoor guinea pig hutch designs and they won’t let you down. This is why they get our current highest recommendations!
There is an island in Japan where countless rabbits roam wild. You can feed them and visit the island. Take a look here:
Here is a breakdown of the top 10 best rabbit hutches and guinea pig hutches.
This is one brilliant deluxe rabbit hutch you are going to immediately fall in love with. It’s completely modern and stylish and ever so easy to clean – thanks to the pull out galvanized tray. Pull out, tap and wipe clean and all done!
It’s a metre and a half wide, a metre high and 66cm deep.
Rabbit and Guinea pig cage bottom ideas
Think that the main enclosed bit is for them to sleep in or rest and the rest is for play and exploration.
So in the bottom of the cage you want things such as tunnels, tubes, balls to play with and so on. Here’s a number of toys for rabbits and for guinea pigs
This is equally as good in use as an outdoor rabbit hutch or for indoor use.
Double height hutch.
2 access doors.
Includes slide out galvanised tray for easy cleaning.
Although not technically a “hutch” per-se.. we absolutely love what is on offer. A complete fair weather setup that will perform just as good for most of the year too.
It’s a mini hideaway with an integrated playpen area with safety net cover too making to great to be left out all year other than deep winter when you may want something a bit more heavy duty, or even take your piggies or rabbits indoors.
The hideaway is around 50cm wide, 43 cm deep and 46.2cm high.
The net is part see through to provide space to hide from the sun, and to help your pet from jumping out or even birds or cats taking “too much of an interest”!
The good bits:
The playpen is galvanized with a Zinc coating making it withstand rust
The hideaway has a lockable front flap that comes down as a ramp
The roof opens to allow easy access for cleaning etc.
The not so good bits:
Would be brilliant if the hideaway was bigger or more of a hutch, but we are just being picky!
Deeper and higher than other cages, this 6 foot “luxury” Rabbit hutch provides superb living accommodation for your furry friends! It is premium in price and generally premium in quality too, however there are a few misgivings to consider firstly!
This hutch features:
Deeper and Higher than other Rabbit Hutches on the market
Double rabbit hutch – super deep!
Robust 10mm timber side panel construction
Cosy arched divided bedding area
1″x ½” galvanised wire mesh doors
Aluminium barrel bolts
Wooden rabbit hutch
1,804 x 650 x 1,300 cm
The good bits:
We love the brilliant space that you get. Your guinea pigs or rabbits will really enjoy this.
The main construction is very well made with plenty of access
Superb as an indoor hutch with plenty of room
The not so good bits:
The dividing wood appears a little thin, and we wondered how long it would last especially with multiple toilet breaks soaking into the wood (although the flooring is coated with a waterproof layer). That said it withheld our testing (based on two grumpy guinea pigs!)
The floor sections and back panel appear to be made of a thinner wood, so if this is to be used in Winter you might want to consider a quality waterproof hutch cover.
Makes A Great Deluxe Rabbit Hutch Or A 2 Storey Guinea Pig Hutch
Your typical up and downstairs type of hutch. Great as a fun rabbit house or guinea pig getaway, or for ferrets etc. We feel the confidence pet 4 foot deluxe outdoor hutch is a lovely size for either 2 guinea pigs or 2 smaller rabbits. The manufacturer claims up to 5 or 6 rabbits but I’m not so sure if that is wise. A pair normally works best and this allows for room to play also.
This is one of the best rabbit hutch for 2 rabbits that are not too big
With plenty of access points, viewing areas and room, it’s an interesting space for your furry friends to play around in.
The hutch is made from quality wood with an antifungal finish to it.
Suitable for rabbit, guinea pigs or ferrets. Pet friendly furniture grade wood with a waterproof antifungal finish – provides a safe and durable home for your pets. 4 lockable doors with wooden latches to keep hutch secure. Bottom: 2 lockable wooden latch doors – 1 cage wiring, 1 wooden ramp door Top: 2 lockable wooden latch doors – 1 cage wiring with feeding area, 1 wooden
Double level hutch with ramp for rest and play. Ramp from top to bottom hutch. Top door with feeding compartment. Ramp door design for pets to exit for play. Hinged roof made from waterproof asphalt and furniture grade wood
High quality fox proof cage wire. Top and bottom level pull out plastic tray with wooden edges – easy cleaning . Removable plastic tray. Elevated ground clearance with 4 rubber wooden legs – support on hard floors
Weight: 19.01KG Overall Dimensions: 122 x 50 x 101cm. Bottom: (L) 113 x (W) 41.2 cm. Top: (L) 122 x (W) 50cm
Ground clearance: 112mm. Thickness of front/side/back panels from 10-20mm
Made from wood from sustainable forests, this is a lovely cute hutch if you care about the environment. A fairly typical standard size (roughly 100cm wide, 100cm high and 50cm deep) it’s a cute design with pitched roof that opens out from the centre.
So, while researching and testing this hutch we noted that the English language was not native in the product description on Amazon, however from the tone displayed in the writing it was easy to see the good vibes and positivity around this hutch, and taking that into consideration.
What we like about this hutch
Made from sustainable forestry efforts – great for environmentally aware people.
Bitumen roof for weatherproofing
Anti fungal coating
What we didn’t really like about this hutch
Sadly it’s not ideal for 2 or more larger rabbits
The ramp is fairly steep, so if your piggies struggle, try laying some sandpaper down on the ramp and use glue to hold it in place.
This is just way too cute. It’s one of the best hutches for rabbits due to the grand size of it. It pretty much summarizes what a hutch should be. A nice quiet space off the ground and plenty of room down below for fun and games.
Oh and also the fact is it is a superb amount of space at almost 2 metres wide, 1 and a half metres deep and almost a metre high. Your rabbits or piggies will love their own “castle!”
Features we love!
Made from solid glazed pine.
The meshing is closely knitted so you can use this easily to rear young pets
There is a pull out plastic drawer for easy cleaning
space in the roof for storage of pet essentials – bedding, food etc.
Negatives / drawbacks
The bolts to close the door appear a tad on the small size. Adequate for 99% of situations however if you live where there are foxes you might want to purchase one or two extra bolts from your local DIY shop for extra strength.
Although very much a premium top quality product, we would liked to have seen this a touch cheaper.
So… let’s start out by stating that this isn’t a hutch, so to speak, but it made it into our top 10 list. We feel this Charles Bentley a-framed hutch would suffice for pretty much all year round. You can of course bring your rabbits or guinea pigs indoors in Winter if you prefer.
Note… this is best suited to a single small rabbit or 2 small guinea pigs at best.
So, for a start, with it being an “on the ground” hutch, over time the wood would eventually become susceptible to the damp.
As a spring, summer and autumn hutch it’s good, however if you are considering using this during winter you might want to incorporate a bit of DIY to extend it’s lifespan. Our view would be to attach a piece of ply board to the bottom and then raise the entire thing off the ground with bricks during wet or wintry weather. It helps air flow underneath, stopping dampness from getting to the wood.
Bear in mind if purchasing this, that the walls are made from thin wood, so extra bedding or heat pads would help during winter. Better still pop it indoors in a spare room!
Why we included this in our list:
Very cost effective
handy for use most of the year
Extremely well made
Light weight so can be moved around through the year
What we didn’t like:
Not really suitable to attach a water bottle, so a small bowl would be needed
Not entirely ideal for Winter (thin construction, sits on floor (cold!))
A little small, so really 1 or 2 small pets at very most
There are dozens and dozens of things you could use from home to make toys for your Guinea Pigs. The video below will help get you started, and there are lots of related videos on there that will give you a head start too!
As a brief summary, think about things they can nibble on or chew.
Cardboard toilet rolls are great (it helps them nibble to keep their teeth down and stop them growing too much.
Doggy chews work just as well, as long as they are chewable
Soft cuddly toys – yes piggies love them, just keep an eye closely in case they decide to eat some of the inner fluff.
Toys for Rabbits made from household items
Rabbits have similar obsessions as Guinea Pigs and enjoy simialr toys, but can also get into slightly tougher items such as Wicker baskets, paper bags etc. All good for their interest and helping to keep their teeth nice.
Here’s a video showing a few home made rabbit toy ideas (again there are plenty more videos after this one if you get engrossed in them).
Fleas – sadly dog’s do get fleas from time to time and the thought of fleas making their way up underneath your duvet is enough to make most people’s skin crawl
You are the master – a dog needs to know their place. Even though they are adorable and loving, if they get away with everything they will never do what you want them to do when the time matters so setting a good basis is key to a good relationship.
Keep off your bed / disturbing your sleep – your dog will of course take up some room in your bed and this will leave less room for you to ensure a good nights sleep.
Your dog (as great as he or she is) needs their own place for sleeping and resting, or even to just get away from noise every now and then.
Premium executive product. High end top of the range.
What’s wrong with the £5 or £10 beds?
Truthfully not a LOT wrong with them, but you do begin to see issues once you get into the cheapest dog beds category and we wanted to ensure we follow our rule of only showing the best things at the right prices that represents value for money.
Things that we noticed wrong in some of the cheaper beds:
Some overseas suppliers fail to deliver. Much so being the case of the £2 dog beds like this one we wanted to feature but decided against:
Warning: For under £3 it’s a dog bed that is cute but looking at the reviews at the same time several people have complained they never received theirs (although in fairness others did get theirs) so this dog bed is not featured on this page but it deserves a mention for the price and you decide if you are willing to take a chance.
Flimsy and thin– most dogs will test their beds to destruction so you do really need something that will last a lot longer than a few nights.
Sizes not as described – sometimes, overseas sellers get their sizes wrong when manufacturing them or sending them to you. Sadly this means your medium dog bed may only be big enough for a hamster.
The cute beds always get to us! – Sometimes you see the cutest beds around. Take this one that looks like a strawberry – a very popular dog bed but sadly its lucky if it’s big enough for 2 guinea pigs!
So, what are the best dog beds around?
This is really a personal thing, but something to bear in mind that you may not have considered are the memory foam dog beds. This may seem a bit “over the top”, but when you consider previous reviews you quickly see how good they are.
Dogs WANT to use them and prefer to use them. Everyone whose ever owned one before says how GOOD they are.
Not only that but they are especially good for dogs who have muscle and joint issues – the relief from these pains is instant.
So take a closer look below and decide for yourself.
Measuring 80cm x 80cm x 30cm high this is one extra snuggly bed for your dog.
The Alidho has all the dog requirements and hallmarks of a top notch dog bed.
Easy to wash
Easy to wipe
Tough and hard-wearing
Anti slip underside
High sides to keep them out of draughts
Free from Hazardous substances
Washable removable cover
Inner pad is brushed cotton, so easy to remove hairs from it
The inner pad features a Union Jack on one side, or it can be flipped over for a simple matching colour. This size (L) will suit medium sized dogs. If you want a bigger dog bed (such as for Labradors etc.) then choose the XXL size (not available currently but you can review other Knuffelwuff xxl beds here). This will allow them to curl up and stretch out in pure luxury.
Extremely well made and hard-wearing
Easy to clean
High sides helps keep them warm and away from draughts
Despite the seemingly hefty price tag, we were amazed by this dog bed. The bed features memory foam, which as you may know cradles your whole body for the ultimate sleep. During our research we found that virtually every single person had an incredible experience with this bed.
We don’t say that lightly.
This Petfusion branded memory foam dog is for those who are tired of cheap pet beds that easily tear, are difficult to clean, and don’t provide your pet the comfort they deserve.
Featuring a solid 10.5cm memory foam base that helps with joint pain issues and provides superior comfort.
Features a water resistant and tear resistant cover for added peace of mind.
The main feature is the memory foam base – premium body cradling comfort that dogs fall onto and don’t want to get up out of (*verified!)
Measuring 76cm x 64cm x 24cm, there is plenty to be grateful for when your owner buys you this super snuggly, odour free heavy duty waterproof softee dog bed.
For dogs who love to get wet and dirty on a regular basis – this is the bed to handle their mischief!
The cover on this dog bed is a heavy duty hard wearing 100% polyester waterproof material treated with a water-repellent coating.
We found this bed to be very easy to keep clean,
Dirt and debris was easy to brush off, while we could use a wet cloth or tap to clear the bed.
Designed to keep your pet warm & comfortable. The thick base cushion (removable for easy separate cleaning) and the high walls of this bed are filled with bonded Thermal Polyester Fibre to insulate your pet from the cold floor and keep it out of draughts.
Easiest dog bed by far to keep clean
High sides for draught exclusion
Extremely well made
Superb customer service
None – although after 4 or more years you may want to consider a new purchase, as most dog beds eventually lose their shape
Offering 4 different size options, we like this pet house – a lot! It features two zips for the roof (as opposed to Velcro) which should help it last for many years.
The 3rd sized house out of the 4 available ones (size 3) is a good size for many dogs such as staffies etc, however as with most beds its advised to go one larger.
In fact unless you have a very small dog we recommend the XL one. Some large dogs might find it a struggle (such as Labradors) so for that reason you should consider the inner dimensions and whether your pet can comfortably get in and out, move around etc.
Washable with a simple wipe from a damp cloth, waterproof and very well made.
Easy and effortless to keep clean
Good looking pet house that will push your “cute” buttons every day making you smile!
2 simple zips for the roof
Not ideal for very large dogs. The XL sized model shown has internal measurements of 60 x 55cm