Is the Snak Shack that is sold at PetSmart safe for the guinea pigs? It looks like it would be a lot of fun for the piggies, and says that it is 100% edible, but the ingredients say that it is make with pine shavings.
Man, that is what I thought. Too bad, it's awefully cute. But, I thought occational alfalfa was a good thing. Like the alfalfa cubes to help their teeth. Just not too much for a piggie over a year old. Am I wrong about this?
Oh, they definitely have a continuous supply of timothy hay, I just do the alpfalfa cubes as a treat, and they love them. They run up and snatch them out of my hands, but if they are not good for the piggies then I will stop giving it to them.
Interestingly, a couple of companies I have spoken with (KV Vet is one; can't remember the other) stated they have contacted the manufacturer of that product about coming out with a timothy-based shack, but to no avail so far.
Meh, even if it were timothy I wouldn't buy it. It's SO processed and while I'm not positive about seeing honey, there were definitely LOADS of sweeteners in there. And all that food coloring? If it doesn't make them sick, it'll make a mess at the very least. My pigs get so excited over a carrot for a treat, I no longer even consider store bought ones.
The other thing that I saw that looked cute was a baseball looking toy made out of vegetable something or another, that is supposed to be edible. But, when I looked it was tied together with thread. I wouldn't think that would be save!
Right. And safe stuff like a small paper lunch bag filled with hay; empty toilet paper rolls; small, clean cardboard boxes (no glue, tape, staples, ink, etc.). Our guys can entertain themselves for hours with something simple like that.
Actually, I have tried a bag before, and they seemed somewhat scared of it. Maybe it was the noise it made. They did love it though when I cut a hole in a medium sized box and filled it with shreaded paper. All you could hear were happy noises and scurrying feet! I think I will try the bag again, maybe they will like it this time.