Have and Take Care of your Guinea Pig
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So you want to buy a Guinea pig do you? These little fellows are a lot of fun! Where do they come from? Guinea Pigs belong to the rodent family, and come from South America where they live in the grassland areas. They come in different breeds and colors.
They are bigger than hamsters, and enjoy making "squeaking" sounds when they are hungry, or when you enter the room!
Guinea pigs are social animals and like to have buddies. You can put 2 females together and they should get along well.
If you have small children, a word of caution: Teach them how to pick up and hold the guinea pig the proper way. Children should not pick a guinea pig up by the neck obviously, since guinea pigs are fragile and can get hurt easily. You should pick him up by sliding one hand under the belly, with the other hand gently on top of his back. Guinea pigs enjoy sitting on your lap while you pet them gently. They also like to run around a lot! I would let mine out of the cage once in a while. But just remember, you might have to clean up a "little trail of bathroom-like pellets along the way! Just use a tissue, they are very easy to get up.
Foods for Guinea Pig
- 1Guinea pigs enjoy leafy greens such as romaine lettuce.Advertisement
- 2Don't overfeed them, or they will have loose stools!Advertisement
- 3They like cucumbers, green beans, parsley, and peppers.
- 4They also enjoy fruit, but they should only be given fruit once in a while as a treat, because they contain sugar.Too much sugar is not good for them. Some of the fruits they like are apples, grapes, bananas, and oranges.
- 5You can buy pellets for them too, just make sure they have enough protein and vitamin C in them.
- 6Guinea pigs need "hay" in their diets to help digest their food.It is called "Timothy hay" or alfalfa hay, and you can buy it at pet stores. It also helps keep their teeth short, because their teeth grow just like our nails!
As soon as I would go to the refrigerator at home, my guinea pig knew it! I would open the door, and he would start "whistling for his food"! Very funny!
Foods that you DO NOT want to feed him are chocolate, or anything like the following goodies:
- 1No popcorn, or corn kernels, as these could cause choking.
- 2No spicy foods either.
- 3NO cabbage or iceberg lettuce.
- 4Potatoes are a NO NO too.
House for Guinea Pig
- 1Buy a nice size cage.The bigger the better. They love to run around and get exercise.Advertisement
- 2DO NOT buy an aquarium.
- 3Make sure the bottom of the cage has a smooth floor, not wires because this will hurt your little guy's sensitive feet.
- 4You will need to buy wood shavings to lay in the bottom of the cage."Aspen" wood chips are the best.
- 5Do not buy pine or cedar shavings because they have toxic chemicals in them.
- 6I suggest about 2-3 inches of bedding.They like to bury themselves in it! A good tip is to line the bottom of the floor with newspaper like I used to do. This makes it possible to just grab it, roll it up very easily, and dispose of it.
- 7You will need a nice size food bowl, one heavy enough that they cannot tip over and spill.
- 8Also, you will need a water bottle to hook on the side of the cage.This would be better than a bowl, because this too can be knocked over and spilled, or they might go to the bathroom in it, making it very unsanitary.
Here are some other tips and ideas that can make your piggy friend happy!
- 1Chew Toys.These are very important to have because a guinea pigs teeth are always growing, and need to be trimmed down. You can buy wood blocks or toys for them to chew at your local pet store.Advertisement
- 2Exercise.These little guys need lots of exercise, just as you and I do. You can buy little tunnels for them to run and crawl through. They also like to crawl around and hide in boxes.
- 3Grooming.Guinea pigs like to groom themselves, but it is a good idea to bath them at least once every 3 months. Get a small basin of lukewarm water. Wet your guinea pig and lather his fur with a little shampoo. Rinse the shampoo thoroughly, and towel dry him well.
- 4Trim Their Nails.This is very important, because they can grow to be very long and can get snagged on things. You will need a friend or someone to help hold the piggy while you trim. Just trim the tips of the nails.Advertisement
Tips Tricks & Warnings
- Don't Keep your Guinea Pig in Cold Drafty Places, or Places That are Too Hot.
- Don't Overfeed your Little Friend.
- Love your Guinea Pig!
Questions and Answers
Is it possible to overfeed a guinea pig?
Yes, it is possible to overfeed a guinea pig. There is a required amount of food per guinea pig and you need to see to it that you are feeding them proper foods. A cup of vegetables is required to feed a guinea pig per day. You also need to give them fruits but limit their intake because they may have diabetes. An overfed guinea pig will become overweight or obese just like humans. So, you need to weigh them about twice a month to see if they are still within the normal weight range for young or adult guinea pigs. An adult guinea pig's weight normally ranges from 900g to 1,800g. If your guinea pig is outside of this range, it is possible that they are overfed or underfed. Aside from fruit and vegetables, you can feed your guinea pig some hay and dry food but also in moderation because they can also be overfed with these foods.
I have a paper plate feeding bowl?
I have a paper plate to feed him a small one I'm not sure if he eats or not cause when ever I get home I always see the food still there I'm scared he might not be able to eat because he will spill the food in the cage
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