Two guinea pigs sitting together

How to make a guinea pig forage box

Guinea pigs, like any other small pet, need more than just a safe place to call home. Enrichment is a really important part of your smallies life.

Foraging behaviour comes naturally to guinea pigs – here’s a quick hack on how to make your own forage box.

What you’ll need

  • Shallow tray or planter
  • Treats for your smallies
  • Hay or shredded paper
  • Herbs and flowers suitable for guinea pigs ie dandelion flowers and marigold, basil, coriander, cress, mint and dill – you can also add a bit of pulled grass for extra sweetness


Step one: Grab your shallow tray or planter and begin filling it with your hay, shredded paper, herbs and flowers

Step two: Scatter your treats throughout the box in random places

Step three: Pop your guinea pig into the forage box and watch them unearth their goodies

Tip: Be sure to replace any herbs, flowers and treats daily and moderate your guinea pig’s daily food when feeding treats

— Page last updated 13/07/2020

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