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    Do they like having their stuff moved?

    Like many of you, I periodically change things around in the cage, moving or switching out their hideys (I have lots of them but they don't all fit at once) and when they get back in their cage after a cleaning/change around, they carefully inspect everything and seem to notice every change. Many of you say they like change and new things but I wonder if they sometimes mind having their stuff moved around. My daughter suggested that they are thinking "hey, who moved my favorite hidey...I liked it where it was" and asked how I'd feel if I left the house and came back to find someone had moved all my furniture. (I wouldn't like it!) So I wonder if they like things being moved around or if maybe it annoys them. What do you all think?

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    This is just me, but whenever I put something somewhere and my piggies don't like where it is - they move it themselves, either by pushing it with their nose or dragging it with their teeth. The only thing they don't move is the fleece forest, it's attached to the cage and stays in the same spot....

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    Same with mine. They move their toys and hideys wherever they want them to be.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    Everytime I do a cage cleaning I swap out hideys and rearrange things. My pigs seem to enjoy it. They always do zoomies when I put them in a clean, rearranged cage.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    I do switch where their pigloo is in the cage myself. Since it has poor ventilation, I want to make sure it airs out. They pee in there.

    Two of my pigs so far seem to like when I switch things around, especially after I change their fleece. They popcorn like crazy.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    Yeah I move mine around. If they don't like it, they'll headbutt it to wherever they want it :P

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    UM, If it does we are all screwed. I always get lots of wheeks and popcorns. So my answer is NO they do not get annoyed.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    Here's a good question. How experienced is your daughter with guinea pigs?

    I don't have any experience with my own piggies to draw from- yet!- but all the accounts I've read (and I've read several) say guinea pigs love having their stuff moved around. it's like having a whole new cage to them, I would think.

    One more point of interest- we're not guinea pigs. We're two different species, which of course means we have different feelings, preferences, etc. I wouldn't try to apply humanistic feelings to your pets. Pay attention to how they respond after a cleaning/reorganizing. How do they respond to the changes?

    I know I'm the newbie and experience is superior to "book learning," but I hope my words have brought you some comfort. Do what you feel is right for your pets and don't worry about the word of those who don't know your pets as well as you do. Trust your instincts.

    (To be honest, I haven't found a lot of valuable advice in books so far. The advice I've found on this site alone has been far superior. I mean book learning the metaphor more than actually getting facts from books. )

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    My answer would be a resounding NO! I can just hear Chester muttering, "they're messin' with my stuff again".

    I just moved him to his new 4x2 cage with a 1x2 loft and he's totally freaked out tonight I don't know if he's pooped in the past two hours, although he may have done so in the litter box in the kitchen area or the one downstairs. He had a ramp and a loft in his pet store cage, but he's a little timid on this big long ramp. Fortunately, he's beginning to explore with a little encouragement.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    My girls don't seem to care one way or another. I most around their stuff weekly, and adjust things daily. They couldn't care less.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    My pigs don't seem to mind having their stuff moved in different locations. Certainly not like my bunnies, who actually physically attack when they don't like what you're doing with their space.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paula View Post
    My pigs don't seem to mind having their stuff moved in different locations. Certainly not like my bunnies, who actually physically attack when they don't like what you're doing with their space.
    - that made me laugh! The visual is HILARIOUS!

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    I call Fuery my interior decorator. I move things around in order to scoop the cage and get access to the pigs sometimes, and Fuery will drag everything around until it's perfect for him (usually blocking access to a water bottle, but I think he likes that). So there's no such thing as normalcy in my cage.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    ;D @Paula. schavarry's right. The visual of you moving things around in bunny and getting attacked is just too funny! How do you ever manage to keep their home clean if you can't move any thing?

    ;D @ThePigAlchemist blocking off his water bottle- what's the point of the water bottle again? LOL. Here's a random thought, I don't know if it would work or not, but could you make the sipper so it slips into his home in that area? That way he could get a drink while he's just laying there.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    @CritterLuvva

    It's actually really funny. Given the chance, Fuery will make it so he's drinking water from inside his house. It takes him a few times to get it right, though. Don't worry, he shoves the house out of the way once he wants water if it's blocking the bottle, and they've got two bottles so I don't have to worry about Alex not getting any water because Fuery is weird.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    @ThePigAlchemist I can imagine it. Do you have any video footage of your babies? They sound so funny! :P

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    @CritterLuvva

    I have to get some! I've got some floor time video, but they're much funnier inside their cage.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    My pigs seem to enjoy when their cage is switched up a bit. They explore it like it's brand new territory. One of my pigs loves to rearrange things as well as pulling fleece off of the tunnels and wrapping herself up like a pig burrito. My other pig is indifferent to cage changes once she has thoroughly explored the area.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    I switch things up regularly, and both Mufasa and Amy move them around just as regularly. They rearrange their cages, as well as the toys in their play pens during floor time. I like to switch up their toys, too, and I've noticed they have definite favorites. Their current fave is cereal boxes arranged as A-frame hideys. I stuff a bag or toilet paper roll with hay for each of them, and they drag it into their boxes to munch.

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    Re: Do they like having their stuff moved?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kieri View Post
    . One of my pigs loves to rearrange things as well as pulling fleece off of the tunnels and wrapping herself up like a pig burrito.
    The burrito pig pics are adorable! I love it! I might have to try putting some loose fleece in my piggies cage to see if they'll do this. My little girl will curl up in her fleece liner when I'm trying to roll it up to get it out of her cage and change it...

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