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An Ounce of Exercise - Guinea Pig Proof Your Home


Just as exercise is important to humans, exercise is a vital component of keeping your guinea pig happy and healthy. Not only does exercise provide mental stimulation which will help your guinea pig stay happy but it also provides an excellent basis for healthy joints and bones. While exercise is important, it is also extremely important to remember to Pet proof your exercise area to ensure your pets safety. Keep these tips in mind when Pet proofing your guinea pigs exercise and play areas.

Indoor Proofing

1. Provide a single room or blocked off hallway where your guinea pig is safe from other pets. Make sure no other pets have access by using gates or locks on doors.

2. Make sure there are no visible electrical outlets or cords where your guinea pig can reach. Use simple child safety plugs for open outlets and use cord covers for any cord that your guinea pig can reach. These are available at most general merchandise or home improvement stores.

3. Check to be sure there are no unsafe items on the floor. Anything that may be a hazard to your guinea pigs needs to be picked up before you let your guinea pig out for exercise. Plastic bags and live plants are often dangerous favorites so be sure there are none lying around!

4. Consider using a pen where your guinea pig can safely roam but be out of harms way, especially if you have small children.

Outdoor Proofing

1. NEVER leave your guinea pig unsupervised outside. That being said, most guinea pigs love the fresh air and the new environment which an outside playtime can provide.

2. Do not let your guinea pig roam on damp grass or grass which has recently been treated with insecticide or weed killers.

3. Check for poisonous plants or weeds. A simple search online of hazardous plants in your area should bring up information on what you should be avoiding.

4. Make sure there are no escape routes that your guinea pig can slip out of. A 5X8 foot area is plenty of space for your Pet to roam.

5. Keep fresh water available at all times. Remember, on warm days, bacteria can grow quickly so keep water ice cold and change often.


Leashes are currently a controversial topic when it comes to guinea pigs. Guinea pigs cannot be trained to walk on a leash, however, a leash can be used to safely let your guinea pig roam and explore in the grass. The leash should always be held and watch to make sure your guinea pig does not get tangled in it.


Keeping your Pet safe during play is of utmost important. Get down on the ground and take a look around from the perspective of your guinea pig. Don't take chances and if you are unsure of something, error on the side of caution.

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