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Potentially Dangerous Cage Accessories And Toys

Discussion in 'Housing and Enrichment' started by PiggyOwner, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. Tiamolly123

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    OH dear thought that was an obivous one, same with Guinea pig leashes.
     
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    It never hurts to remind everyone
     
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  3. Tiamolly123

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    That's true I think all of us have it drummed into us, so these things are burned into our memory. Unfortunately the newbies don't know them
     
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  4. RavenRed

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    This thread is terrifying.
    I'm now surveying my cage wondering if I should take out the hay rack. It's just a plain black one with straight bars, no grids, and it's secured to the bars, I thought it was fine, but I don't know now..
    Also, most of the cage grids are covered as the correx is quite high, but I'd recently added a grid to section off the sleeping area, and now i'm wondering if they might try to stick their heads through it >.<
     
  5. PiggyOwner

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    this thread isn'the meant to terrify anyone - just help you make informed decisions about what cage accessories to get.
     
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    We don't mean to terrify anybody; but we want to alert owners to potential risks and if possible prevent unnecessary deaths.
    There are many gimmicks for sale in pet shops that are aimed at inexerienced and thoughtless owners. It is not easy for any new owner to see why or whether there is a potential issue with a particular piece of equipment. Guinea pigs are also amazingly inventive (and greedy!) when it comes to discovering any weak points!
     
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    Wheek points.. Ha.. Sorry couldn't resist lol
     
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    :))
     
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    :like: :lol!: :clap:
     
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    Sorry, my post was badly worded. I meant that it was terrifying that there's so many items out there which can potentially cause harm.I know you don't post to intentionally scare, just warn, which is needed. I guess it's the same with kids toys and other things, a small chance of injury but still a chance, it's quite a shock to see the pictures though. Will have this thread in the back of my mind when I purchase cage accessories from now on. Thanks all. (I also laughed at the pun, Hehe)
     
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    This is why I purchased a large nylon pen instead of the DIY one my OH made. I had visions of my babies sticking their heads through the wire and getting stuck...or worse...suffocating to death.
     
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    This happened to one of my guineas too, thankfully I was in the room and noticed and got her out. Terrible that they still sell these.
     
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    What a relief you were there when it happened !
     
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    I did get one of those hay wreath thingies which you can hang in the cage. They look like big, green donut shaped hay balls with a hole in the middle.

    Smudge did a bum wriggle and lunged at it, trying to go through it. She might have gotten stuck if I had not been there to sort it out.

    The hay wreath is still in the cage, but as a pile of loose hay...
     
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    Oh dear Lord, I was considering that hay ball, now I'm worried to death about my hay feeder:mal:As for the treat ball, we've got one coming today :o should I use? Bin? I suppose it depends on how sturdy it is. Now I'm worried about my poor boys getting their heads stuck. Looking at the rack, I don't think their heads would fit through in the first place. Oh what to do, what to do...
     
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    The thought of anyone using things like harnesses or exercise balls for their piggies makes me shudder.
     
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    I wanted to buy the G Force DVD (animated guinea pig film) for my children as never I've seen it. Didn't realise till I googled it that the guinea pigs in the film are in exercise balls. So decided against it.
     
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    Oh God..kids seeing that and trying to re-enact it with their piggies...luckily this forum educates people.
     
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    Is this toy safe? I'm seeing positive review from guinea pig owners, and nothing explicitly stating guinea pigs shouldn't have it or that it's dangerous.

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    "Made of all natural wood and contains almond nut" from the description.
    Inside, there's a wooden ball, the material is not specified on the store page, though.
     
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    To be honest, I have no experience with this one. Generally, most wooden chewing toys end up being ignored.
     

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