Guinea pigs frequently enjoy running around to show their happiness, as well as burning fat in their bodies, especially the younger ones. Unless the guinea pig is trying to escape from your cat or dog, you can usually see him running around as a sign of pleasure. But do these pets like to be chased?
Guinea pigs like to be chased only in games, you should not intervene in such chase games unless it turns to be bloody or full of injuries. Whenever it’s territorial, the submissive guinea pig has to let himself get chased to show submission; this, however, happens out of their will.
Read on to learn more about other guinea pigs’ behaviors. You will also see what should worry you and what you should not be worried about your guinea pig.
How to Play With Your Guinea Pig?
Guinea pigs, like any other pet, enjoy playing time with a companion in their cage or with their owners. This is why it is very important to have a cage mate for your pet guinea pig if you are unable to play with him in person. However, the guinea pigs enjoy time together with their owners during playtime, even though they have partners.
This is not only important for the pigs but equally important for you to bond with them and get to know and understand their language more than before.
However, before kicking off your playtime you may need to confirm the following.
- Other Pets Are Enclosed
The guinea pig is very emotional, and if for instance, he’s new to your premises, then he probably isn’t used to seeing your dogs or meow pets yet. Therefore, he may feel threatened if a cat or a dog appears during playtime since most cats and dogs will bully new pets at home. If you are keen enough to observe your pets’ interactions. It may be best to train them to be kind to one another.
- Clean the Environment
Guinea pigs can be very sensitive to dirt, so you need to clear off all debris that may affect the pet, not forgetting some dark corners that may be your guinea pig’s hideout spot. So you need to make sure the entire playground is safe for you and the animal as well.
- Test out Activities
It’s crucial to find out which activities your pet Guinea pig enjoys. It’s also fun to roll a ball towards him and watch his reaction, as well as pulling a toy over on the floor and watching him try to catch it. You should therefore select the activity that the pig seems most interested in. It’s also important to be keen as the pet may want to play a game of its choosing.
- Get into a Routine
Routinize your playtime moments with the pet. In addition, you should be aware the pigs get hooked on the game, so you shouldn’t let them down. You should also avoid sneaking up on the pig; you need to announce your presence because the animal has a high risk of heart attacks that may cause depression or death. You can, however, occasionally change the games so the pet can experience new things.
In addition, it is important to keep an eye out for changes in the pig’s life-you might be able to read into his problems. Don’t be too bossy with your pet, and learn to understand his frustration if he doesn’t recognize his name after a naming day. He can be quite slow but he is very smart.
Is It Normal for Guinea Pigs to Chase Each Other?
Whenever you get a partner for your guinea pig, you should avoid getting an older partner, or a partner of the same gender. Guinea pigs are so specific about their territories and any new partner they may feel threatens their territories, will most likely face the wrath of the other, or there be an even fight between them.
- Most probably, the overpowered partner may give up and run off to show submission. However, the guinea pigs can also chase each other whenever they are playing. You may probably see them chasing each other with both of them lifting their heads high while butt-sniffing.
- Not only is this fun for the pigs, but it’s also a natural process; however, if either of them oversteps, the chase might get violent. In such cases, you should not intervene unless there are any injuries involved.
- However, normal female partners can take dusk after their meals as their playtime, so you may often hear them running banging themselves on the cages. This may result from living in a small cage, so you may need to increase the size of their cages.
What is Normal Behavior for Guinea Pigs?
Guinea pigs are vocalists with different voices as the main modes of their communication of generally everything affecting their lives.
- Gentle: – Normal guinea pigs are gentle, and they hardly bite, they may however nip at anyone threatening them. So you should get him to get used to you by feeding him and giving him treaties more often.
- Eyes Open: – You may have noticed their eyes wide open even at night. By doing that they feel very secure, and even when you think they are appreciating your presence with their eyes open, they might be deep in a nap.
- Standing Up: – It is common to see them standing. It can happen whenever they are curious about something; a sweet aroma or something they are itching to know more about. You can always see them standing on their hind legs whenever they sniff something that interests them.
- Licking: – Guinea pigs are very clean pets, so you may often see them licking their fur to keep themselves clean. They may also lick their owners’ hands as a sign of affection.
- Heads High: – The pig raises its head when he is trying to assert his dominance. This is a common occurrence when your guinea pig has a cage partner. So the higher the head, the more in command he is.
- Chattering Teeth: – You might need to stay away from your pig if he is acting oddly and he may intend to harm you. This is whether you upset him or not, such actions are always accompanied by hissing.
A guinea pig with abnormal behaviors may squeak continually, groom for prolonged periods, show uneasiness, bite their cages and show aggression toward other animals.