Can Guinea Pigs Use Slides? Like Kids Slides

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I saw a miniature toy slide on eBay I think it was for a Barbie doll or something, I was thinking of getting a similar slide a little bit bigger but not as big as a toddlers slide and only about a foot off the ground, with some sort of railing the way around so that the piggies could not climb up or jump out and hurt themselves at any point and just went directly down the slide, is this possible? The only problem I can think of is that the slide itself would have to be plastic so that they could actually slide down it, the rest of it the railing and ladder I can make from wood, but it would only be available to them during floor time anyway so they wouldn't have much of a chance to chew at the plastic
 

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Definitely not! They're not built for this kind of thing... they've got very fragile backs, that wouldn't end well at all
 

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Definitely not! They're not built for this kind of thing... they've got very fragile backs, that wouldn't end well at all
Yeah I was thinking that I know they can't do anything that might bend their backs like those guinea pig balls that are very bad for them, but I mean an absolutely flat slide without any bends or curves, and a soft landing pad to prevent any kind of possibly injury too
 

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Yeah I was thinking that I know they can't do anything that might bend their backs like those guinea pig balls that are very bad for them, but I mean an absolutely flat slide without any bends or curves, and a soft landing pad to prevent any kind of possibly injury too
If it was completely flat and shallow then I suppose it's no different to ramps that a lot of people use in cages, but the slippery surface could be risky.. I wouldn't to be honest, it's not something a guinea pig would naturally do, they'd have to be put on to it so they'd have no way of safely getting off apart from going down, which I imagine would scare them and could be dangerous. :hmm:

Piggies aren't natural climbers really, they much prefer flat suraces, tunnels and hidey holes, things to run through and hide under
 

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If it was completely flat and shallow then I suppose it's no different to ramps that a lot of people use in cages, but the slippery surface could be risky.. I wouldn't to be honest, it's not something a guinea pig would naturally do, they'd have to be put on to it so they'd have no way of safely getting off apart from going down, which I imagine would scare them and could be dangerous. :hmm:

Piggies aren't natural climbers really, they much prefer flat suraces, tunnels and hidey holes, things to run through and hide under
Ah ok thanks for the info, I'm trying to give them as many toys as possible to keep them as happy as can be, they already have a salt lick wheel, fleece forest, piglu, 2 other hidey boxes and a snuggle pouch in their cage, I was thinking of getting one of those wooden see saws but I was scared that one might stand on it while another is underneath and hurt it, can't think of anything else lol I heard hammocks can be risky, they have some kitchen roll tubes with hay and treats inside them too oh and some ping ping balls I recently got too :) for floor time their main enjoyment is borrowing into a bag of hay id like to provide them with more toys for their floor time something that they don't have in their cage, myb a cardboard castle instead of the slide :)
 
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Making stuff out of cardboard is what I tend to do. Paper bags, shoe boxes etc.

Have a look for pigjes YouTube channel. She creates brilliant things for her piggies cages, my boys have threatened to leave home and love with her many times!
 

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Lots of tunnels, the bendy ones are good you can make them into a zig zag shape. You can make pretty much anything out of cardboard, I got a cardboard box, cut a hole in each side and stuck bendy tunnels into the holes so they could run through the 4 tunnels and into the middle of the box if that makes sense? Fill boxes up with hay and they can burrow like you said, it sounds like your pigs have plenty of fun things to do :nod:
 

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Yeah salt licks aren't necessary.. but I agree your cage sounds great, lots for piggies to do :)
 

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Have a look at the thread recommended above, lots of great ideas. You obviously pamper your piggies very much :) sounds like lots to keep them entertained, please take the salt lick out though they are mis sold often and not good for Guinea pigs.

Be lovely to see some photos of your cool set up.
 

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Thanks alot folks! I also forgot to mention a little hand mirror in there too lol they don't seem to use it much though il get a pic up next time I change their shavings :D
 
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