A guinea pig run is an important requirement in the life of a guinea pig, also known as a cavy. It is simply a cage for the cavy that has equipments inside which allow it to move, run, play and jump around in its small home. It is usually a bigger cage, one that is literally larger than cages for hamsters because guinea pigs are more active in their habitats. It is a common situation that a pet owner will lose his pet when he is not well aware on how to properly look after his guinea pig and provide shelter for it in order to be able to move around a big cage. There are people who refuse to give the cavy to children a pet because they easily die. In the real sense, it is safe to say that guinea pigs are quite sensitive and complicated to have as a pet. However, when you have done your homework on the dos and don’ts in having the guinea as a pet and have obediently applied them in your daily interaction with it, taking care of it is not really a difficult task. It is only a matter of gaining accurate and sufficient knowledge about guinea pigs.
The ultimate reason for providing the best guinea pig run suitable for your cavy is exercise. Physical activity is a necessity in its daily routine to avoid health problems. For an male guinea pig, exercise is significant to avoid a common illness among male pigs known as impaction, a condition in which there is a loss of muscle in the anal area causing their feces to be restricted inside which may eventually cause some infections on the body. A bigger cage can help alleviate the problem as the pigs are capable of keeping themselves toned and fit through exercise. As in the case of female guinea pigs, they are prone to putting on more weight as they get older. It has been noted in research that veterinarians are having a difficult time assessing possible problems on the cyst when a female guinea pig is overweight.
Having said these, it is indeed vital for you to take responsibility to understand the requisites of choosing the perfect guinea pig run. You have two options: either you buy one already made by the best manufacturers, or you make your own. Aside from knowing how to effectively choose the size and to properly customize the cage, other things that you must know before venturing into guinea pig adoption to ensure their long lifespan are:
- The right way to choose a pet guinea pig.
- The number of guinea pigs that you must put into one cage.
- How to make the guinea pig run and your home conducive to the life of your pet.
- Popular tips on how to feed your guinea pig or pigs.
- The proper place inside the house to leave the cage and which equipments and tools around the house the cage should not be near to.
A note from the United States Department of Agriculture. The department clearly advises all breeders, dealers and pet owners to never place guinea pig runs in an outdoor setting because it is proven to be detrimental to the health of the guinea pigs. They must be placed in a temperature between 60°F and 85°F. Adequate ventilation is a must as well. Guinea pigs quickly succumb to heat stroke in temperatures over 85°F.
Now that we have made the discussion on the importance of guinea pig runs, let’s take a look at the common traits of guinea pigs which make them lovable pets and worthy of some serious investment on guinea pig runs and other accessories.
The most common trait of guinea pigs is their ability to learn intricate directions to food due to their innate behavior of having to be in motion at all times. In essence, they are active for one hour, rest on the second hour, and then get vigorous again in the next hour. The guinea pig run must have toys, hide boxes, miniature cages, tunnels and all sorts of accessories to assemble inside that you have created a little obstacle course within the cage for the guinea pig to run around. In that way, your pet or pets are better able to exercise at any time of the day. You may have more than one piggy in a cage, as they are very sociable pets.
One distinguishing trait with the guinea pig is how it acts when extremely happy and glad. They make little hops in the air in sometimes twirling motion and this is known as “popcorning”. This is a reminder that a guinea pig run must be high enough for this act to be executed.
The sense of seeing on guinea pigs is poor, so they rely on their strong senses of hearing, smelling, and touching to go about their daily habits on the cage. They communicate with fellow piggies by vocalization in which they create sounds through chattering, shrieking, squealing, whining, chirping, rumbling, bubbling, and whistling.
Guinea pigs have created such a strong influence in mankind’s history. Before mice and rats were used in laboratories for research, the 17th century has already been witness to the use of guinea pigs for scientific experimentation. They have been used in the areas of dermatology, pharmacology, irradiation, vaccination, antibiotics, and serology; in large part, for the discovery of new medicines and the diagnosis of certain diseases still unnamed in the past. It all made sense now why they need exercise. They have a body make-up similar to humans, and for that they were used in numerous researches as test subjects in the discovery of cures and treatments to thousands of diseases.