When we got Archy, the previous owner also donated everything he had for him. Food, pen, wood house… But also two objects that Ms M asked Little M to throw to the bin as soon as they arrived home.
First was a hay-ball with a bell. Why not using one? For two main reasons:
- A guinea pig can and may caught his head between the wires. If you don’t believe us, check on the Facebook groups or on the internet and you will find some cases. Of course, not all the piggies do this, but what if it is exactly your piggy that does it?
- Second, that bell sound scares them. They don’t like it and means danger to them. So why would you want to keep your piggy in constant stress?
As a side note, whenever one of the humans rings some keys around Archy’s pen, he runs and hides.
Second thing was a harness (leash). Somehow the previous owner expected a guinea pig to quietly walk along on the street.
Reasons why not to use a harness on your piggy:
- Their spine and corporal construction is not made for a harness and you could really harm them.
- Walking your piggy outside is a tremendous stress. They are little scared creature and anything that “flys” around scares them to death. Just try to open an umbrella next to them or drop something on the floor. The outside world has much more stimuli than my two examples…
Be wise when buying things for your piggies! 😉