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    Careless Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    So we noticed that our Izzy is gaining quite a bit of weight, and so to encourage her to exercise we looked up some cheaper ways of getting her toys...she would play with the toy for like 5-sec and then leave it...so we got her the more expensive toys from the petstore same thing :\ pretty much the only thing that gets he attention is food and we are trying to watch her diet at the moment. any suggestions on what kind of toys we should use.

    we have already tried, a ball, cat toy ball with the bells, ball in a sock, the stuffed animal thing, chew block (she wont even touch it), chew sticks, bells. we do not have another cavy at the moment but plan on getting one soon....the owner of our house (My aunt) only permits one at the moment, but perhaps soon, she will change her mind.

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    By ball do you mean an exercise ball? If so please throw it out and never use it again. Those things are really dangerous for piggies. It can do serious damage to their spines.

    As for playing, what size cage do you have? If it's too small she might not even have space to play! The only thing our pigs really have taken to was the little twig ball that they all seriously love to destroy. Other then that they are pretty lazy piggies. Seems like most are to be honest. XD

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    well one way to get Izzy to run and get exercise is to make her run after her veggies!!! That's what i do because dale just likes to chew on things and sit there.
    You can also stuff a few veggies in a sock and watch her go after it.
    To make her run for her veggies just hold it in your hand and walk around by her, she will eventually chase it for the food!

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    I think the best thing for them to play with is a pal. Short of that, ditch the store bought toys and find things in your home for her to play with. Try a toilet paper tube filled with hay or crumpled up bits of paper. You can have some tunnels for her to run through or a chube.

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Cavies View Post
    By ball do you mean an exercise ball? If so please throw it out and never use it again. Those things are really dangerous for piggies. It can do serious damage to their spines.

    As for playing, what size cage do you have? If it's too small she might not even have space to play! The only thing our pigs really have taken to was the little twig ball that they all seriously love to destroy. Other then that they are pretty lazy piggies. Seems like most are to be honest. XD

    You need not worry I out right refuse to put my Izzy bear in a ball
    Her cage is 4ft tall 42" long 24" wide and has two levels
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    Hmmmmm a twig ball? I might wanna try that.

    Excuse the mess it was a spring cleaning day and everything was everywhere

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Quote Originally Posted by CavyMama View Post
    I think the best thing for them to play with is a pal. Short of that, ditch the store bought toys and find things in your home for her to play with. Try a toilet paper tube filled with hay or crumpled up bits of paper. You can have some tunnels for her to run through or a chube.
    Yeah I really want to get her a pal but 3 issues with that are
    my aunt says no until I can convince her otherwise
    If I do get another cavy, I want to adopt not purchase (no shelters that carry cavies near where I live)
    Izzy is a bit territorial (Last owner was a jerk and It took awhile to get her to bond with us)
    we tried the paper balls and she just sat there and ate them, and the tube, and the tunnels....

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerchickgrp5 View Post
    well one way to get Izzy to run and get exercise is to make her run after her veggies!!! That's what i do because dale just likes to chew on things and sit there.
    You can also stuff a few veggies in a sock and watch her go after it.
    To make her run for her veggies just hold it in your hand and walk around by her, she will eventually chase it for the food!

    Now that's an Idea! never thought of doing that.

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    What kind of bedding do you have in there? Looks like pine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CavyMama View Post
    What kind of bedding do you have in there? Looks like pine.
    It could just as easily be aspen, which is fine for pigs. Even kiln dried pine is generally considered safe.

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Quote Originally Posted by izzys parents View Post
    Now that's an Idea! never thought of doing that.
    yes i learned that piggies go crazy once they see their food!

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Well if you have the space and some way to corral her (i.e. fence or pen) you could bring her outside for her floor time. Maybe the fresh air will get her spunky!

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    I bought my guys a fiddlesticks house, they like to run through it, along with climbing and jumping on and off of it

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Quote Originally Posted by CavyMama View Post
    What kind of bedding do you have in there? Looks like pine.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mastershroom View Post
    It could just as easily be aspen, which is fine for pigs. Even kiln dried pine is generally considered safe.

    Its kiln dried pine, Currently Its the only thing available to me in the area that I live in the only other alternitive we have is a 4lb pound of aspen at walmart for $15.....and it would take about 10 bags to fill both levels of her cage....and I can get a 70lb bag of kiln dried pine for $7 at the local feed store. Note that before I put it in her cage I put the amount I need out for a few days to let it air out some.

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperGilbert View Post
    I bought my guys a fiddlesticks house, they like to run through it, along with climbing and jumping on and off of it
    I've never heard of a fiddlesticks house <o_0^ where can I find one?

    Quote Originally Posted by [URL="http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/members/alphilip77.html"
    alphilip77[/URL];762559]Well if you have the space and some way to corral her (i.e. fence or pen) you could bring her outside for her floor time. Maybe the fresh air will get her spunky!
    We do have a play pen for her but again my aunt doesn't want her on the floor (which erks me) and my grandmother lately has been spraying the grass with poison on a regular basis...and we have outside dogs...

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Wow, good question....Cant remember the name of the store, it was a small pet store in Jersey and they came in different sizes, I bought the largest one. I think it cost around $14

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Its called a tropical fiddlesticks house, they carry them on amazon, get the biggest one, my guys love it.....They chew on it, run through it, climb and jump on it...makes a good nap spot too

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperGilbert View Post
    Its called a tropical fiddlesticks house, they carry them on amazon, get the biggest one, my guys love it.....They chew on it, run through it, climb and jump on it...makes a good nap spot too
    saw the picture of it looks like we already have one and she barely plays with it

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Yup, just a smaller version of the one I have.....What about a crinkle tunnel?? My gf throws her empty keurig coffee boxes into the cage, they like to toss them around

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperGilbert View Post
    Yup, just a smaller version of the one I have.....What about a crinkle tunnel?? My gf throws her empty keurig coffee boxes into the cage, they like to toss them around
    well we do on occasion (since we don't drink coffee or soda often) throw in the long soda boxes (or empty oatmeal tube )and she will run through them, pee on them, and then sit there and eat them..

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    Re: Lazy Cavy :P (wont play with toys)

    yup, mine do the same thing

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