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Best guinea pig accessories: Everything you need to entertain and amuse your furry friend

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Guinea pig accessories can provide entertainment and stimulation to your small pets which can be important for their mental health and wellbeing. While they do like to sleep and eat a lot, keeping them engaged with other activities is important in their daily life too, and if you'd like more information on this, check out our vet's guide on keeping your guinea pig healthy. 

Toys and other accessories can reduce boredom and stress, and provide some well needed active time such as running and playing, rather than just being sedentary all day. Ideally, you should invest in some guinea pig accessories to keep them happy such as something to hide in, gnaw up or run around in so that they stay in tip-top shape both mentally and physically.

One thing to be aware of though is that guinea pigs do tend to destroy most things in their cage, this is what they enjoy doing. They may nibble and gnaw at things to keep them entertained, and this is good for them and their teeth too. So just be aware that what you buy could be subject to their path of destruction. 

If it's your first time having a guinea pig as a pet, then you can also read some of our guides to help you as a first time pet owner, including 10 things to know before you adopt a guinea pig and Five popular guinea pig breeds: Which breed suits you best?

We’ve picked out some of the best guinea pig accessories and toys out there that can keep your furry friend happy and healthy, check them out below.

PetsRadar's pick of the best guinea pig accessories

best guinea pig accessories Happy Pet Nature First Grassy Hideaway

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Happy Pet Nature First Grassy Hideaway

Best overall guinea pig accessory

Dimensions: 41 x 31 x 6cm | Material: 100% natural grass | USP: No pesticides used

Natural material
Looks great in the hutch
Provides a cosy place to hide
It will get severely nibbled

Guinea pigs like nothing more than having a cozy hideaway to snuggle up and nap in – just like their owners! If you want something a little more attractive and more natural than an old cardboard box, then you should consider this Happy Pet Nature First Grassy Hideaway. It's chemical free and made of all-organic materials so is completely safe, which isn't likely to be true of that old shoe box.

Of course, they do more in their snugs than just sleep – which they typically only do for 4 hours a day – they use them to hide away and practice their innate nesting behavior. They also nibble at them, and this grassy hideaway's walls will provide them with the perfect spot for a midnight snack.

Of course, this does mean your new purchase will slowly disappear, and it may need replacing in time, but it's worth it: Grass is great for keeping your guinea pig’s teeth healthy and with a no pesticide-guarantee, you know they aren't eating anything bad for them. Its price is low enough that you won't be lightening your wallet too much if they do go through them fast. Also, when it does get to the time to replace it, this hideaway can be easily composted, unlike others composed of plastic or metal parts.

The box is lightweight and portable, meaning if your pig likes to hide away from your questing hand when you want to play with them, you can take the box with your pet inside to where you want to go – provided it hasn't got too soggy and chewed of course!

Overall, this is a great little double-entrance grass den, which won't feel artificial to your guinea pig while giving a great natural vibe in their hutch. It's great for letting your timid pigs hunker down somewhere calming that will smell, look and feel familiar to them.

best guinea pig accessories Rosewood 3D Nibble Stix

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Rosewood 3D Nibble Stix

Best budget guinea pig accessory

Set: Five-piece | Dimensions: 16 x 4 x 11.5cm | Suitable: for small animals | Weight: 40.8g

Five-piece set
Cheap and cheerful
Good for guinea pigs’ teeth
Some animals don’t like the smell

Did you know that your guinea pig’s teeth grow up to 8cm per year? The best way to stop them from getting out of hand – and to avoid an expensive visit to the vets to get them trimmed – is to encourage your pig to gnaw on wood.

Rosewood’s 3D Nibble Stix come in a fruity five-pack and are cheap and cheerful alternatives to logs. Plus, they are much cuter as they are shaped like little fruit for your guinea pig to nibble on. Guinea pigs love fruit, but be sure to check what fruit is okay for your furry friend (see Can guinea pigs eat grapes?).

 Despite being crafted into adorable shapes, these wood chews are on the same price point as their more natural log alternatives (if you’re not lucky enough to forage for logs yourself of course).

The Nibble Stix are made from all-natural wood and colored with pet-safe dyes, so you’re not gambling with your guinea pig’s health for the sake of having a cuter looking chew. They’re also scented, which let’s face it is never a bad thing in a guinea pig hutch, although some pigs may not warm to the scent. Indeed, some people have said that their pets were not impressed.

The shape of these particular chews encourages play alongside some serious nibbling, with the apples, carrots and oranges all being rollable… and guinea pigs love to roll things! This will provide extra stimulation for your guineas, but may be frustrating for smaller pigs that might struggle to hold onto them when they want a really good gnaw. We’d suggest placing one near a hard surface, such as the back of your hutch, to make sure they’re really able to chow down when they want to.

These toys may not be a substitute for your pet’s five-a-day but will help their dental health. They would also be good for the ‘gram and won’t break the bank. What’s not to love?

best guinea pig accessories guinea pig suspended hammock hut

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WINOMO Pet Hammock Hamster Hanging Toy Hut

Best hammock hideaway

Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 14cm | Size: One size fits all | Material: Loofah and straw

Comfy snuggly hide-away
Encourages exercise
Durable and long lasting
Not suitable for large guinea pigs

This super soft hammock is a great place for your guinea pig to hide away in after a long day snuffling, squeaking and grazing around their cage. Although snuggly soft, the structure is sturdy and firm, meaning it will take the weight of your furry friend with no issues. The hammock material itself has refined stitching to ensure durability and longevity. It’s also hand-washable, so you can give it the occasional spruce up should the occasion arise.

You can adjust the height of this hut-shaped hammock to match your guinea pig’s athletic talents, and climbing in and out will give them some much needed exercise. Once in, it’s a great fuzzy nest for them to rest in comfortably while watching the world go by.

It is suspended on anti-rust and corrosion-resistant chains which are very strong, meaning you won’t need to worry about them snapping. The hanging clips are easy to attach and remove, meaning you can move the hammock around the place easily, giving your guinea pig a change of scenery if you so wish.

The chocolate brown color makes this a stylish addition to any cage, and as well as being the perfect place to relax, it’s also a fun plaything to climb in and out of.

best guinea pig accessories Haypigs! Cavy Cannonball Tilting Tunnel

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Haypigs! Cavy Cannonball - Tilting Tunnel

Best for in-hutch exercise

Material: pet safe polypropylene plastic and chewable pet

Great for a game of chase
Good price point
A great photo opportunity
Plastic parts
Needs to be monitored for damage

You already have bowls, a bottle and a hideaway. Now, it’s time to pull out the big guns… or should we say cannons. The Haypigs Cannonball Tilting Tunnel is as much fun for your pigs as it looks.

This show-stopping toy may look playful, but it serves a serious purpose too. Tunnels encourage guinea pigs to move around and explore, and if you have more than one, they’re brilliant for games of chase to really give your pets a workout. The see-saw mechanism will give your guineas a new experience to stop them from getting bored, while more timid pigs can simply hide inside.

You can expect all guinea pigs to love the interactive nature of this toy, although it may take a while for them to pluck up the courage to conquer the tilt. This toy is easily portable, so it’s a good way to switch up playtime inside the home. Encourage them to race through it at top speed, as they are usually inside a small hutch.

The main reason we love this particular tunnel is for its eye-catching aesthetic, and frankly how funny your guinea pig will look when it’s fully loaded into the cannon. Not only will your pig have fun running around and napping in this toy, but it will also provide great photo opportunities and something to make you smile every time you walk past the hutch. 

If you’re really loving the circus theme and want to go to town, Haypigs makes a whole host of circus accessories, from a food bowl resembling a lion tamer’s podium to a circus wagon hay stand, so you can transform your guinea pig’s home into the Big Top.

The tunnel is made of cardboard with a sturdy plastic triangular base, making it safe for even the chunkiest of pigs. The cardboard will be difficult to clean and you can expect it to get nibbled over time, so owners should keep an eye out for damage to the plastic, but this toy is one of the most playful out there for you and your pet.

 

Guinea pig accessories - chew and play balls

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Rosewood Boredom Breaker Trio of Fun Balls

Best for chewing and playing

Quantity: Three | Dimensions: 3.5cm x 3.5cm x 3.5cm | Material: Natural seagrass, water hyacinth and rattan

Good for engagement
All natural ingredients
Great for rodent teeth
They may become damp and smelly

This twin pack of play and chew balls will provide your guinea pig friends with hours of entertainment. These are described as boredom breakers, and they do just what they say on the tin – they can brighten your guinea pig’s day by letting them do what they would do in the wild - gnawing, hiding, nudging and generally destroying things!

The balls are made from pet safe materials - natural seagrass, water hyacinth and rattan – so you can be confident your furry pals aren’t going to be nibbling on anything that may harm them. They also contain no glue, plastic or metal, just 100% organic ingredients.

Although simple in design, they provide some fun ways for your guinea pig to engage with them: They can be pushed and thrown around – some reviewers say their guinea pigs even play football with them! You can put treats inside them and watch them try to figure out how to get to them out, or they can just chew and nibble on them to their heart’s content. And if they are choosing to chew on these, they won’t be chewing on their hutch or any other more expensive guinea pig accessories you may have invested in.

They are great for their teeth too. Rodent’s gnashers never stop growing, so they need to keep nibbling and gnawing often to wear their teeth down and keep them in pristine condition, and these are great for that purpose.

If your guinea pig lives with other rodents, these are suitable for rabbits and hamsters too.

Rosewood Naturals Small Animal Treats Celebration Cake

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Rosewood Naturals Small Animal Treats Celebration Cake

Best for world-conscious owners

Weight: 231g | Dimensions: 13.5 x 13.5 x 10.5cm | Ingredients: Edible, cellulose fibre walls with a carrot and coconut lid, topped with flower petals

Looks like a real cake
Contains natural ingredients
Good photo opportunity
Needs a little supervision

If you are perusing our guide to find the perfect present for your pet, you are in luck, because we’ve not only sorted the gifts but the catering too. A birthday isn’t really a birthday without a cake, so why should your guinea pigs miss out?

The Rosewood Naturals Small Animal Treats Celebration Cake looks just like a real birthday cake. The only difference is that it’s made from ingredients that are yummy for guinea pigs. The main ingredient is carrot, but it also boasts accents of coconut for the “frosting” and parsley balls for the cake topper, which we’ve heard is the chocolate fudge cake of the guinea pig world. It’s also a nice hard texture, contributing to wearing down their little gnashers.

The cake “frosting” layer itself lifts up, allowing you to pop your pet’s favorite treat inside the cake. A lot of people opt for hay, which is great as it encourages playful foraging, and if you have a fussy guinea pig it will be a great way of encouraging it to take a look. Hiding treats inside will also extend the life of the cake, which let’s face it, won't last long. But in theory, at least you can refresh the contents daily with fresh fruit and vegetables.

The cake is large enough to feed a couple of guinea pigs for a week, and you can expect it to be swarmed if you have a herd of the fluffy creatures. Pictures online show them circling the treat like fluffy sharks.

Yes, the cake is on the pricey side for a one-off treat and other nibble sticks undoubtedly offer better value. But if you’re looking for an extra special treat, this is a good option and will ensure you can also take a birthday photo of your pet to record their piggy milestone. Let them eat cake!

How to choose the best guinea pig accessories

When choosing an accessory for your pet and its home, there are plenty of factors to consider: budget, sustainability and visual appeal as well as health benefits.

Accessories that encourage your pet to exercise and gnaw are great for their health. Wooden and straw chews help keep guinea pigs’ teeth growth in check, while tubes can help them run off those treats. Similarly, little hideaways can help stressed and timid pets relax a little by providing them with safe and comforting spaces, which can be especially handy if you have a new pet that’s settling in.

If you’re in the market for a new hideaway or accessory, you may as well choose one that’s good looking. There are so many options available from rustic to novelty, so there’s something to suit everyone’s taste – you just need to pick a theme.

Luckily, many toys are designed to be 100% natural as they are almost guaranteed to be nibbled, but it’s worth double-checking how sustainable and eco-conscious they are. Most toys get damp or partially eaten in a matter of weeks (or even days) so it’s nice if they are compostable.

Your budget obviously plays a role in any purchase, particularly as many of these accessories are not designed for the long-term. To get the best value for money, look for accessories that are multi-purpose and are not single-use.

However, sometimes it’s worth splashing out, on a birthday cake for example. While the accessory won’t last forever, a photo of your precious piggy in an edible hat or funny tube will last a lifetime!

If you'd like more information on these little critters before you become a pet owner, check out our article on How long do guinea pigs live? Your top six guinea pig questions answered.