Guinea pigs are cute and cuddly creatures, which, children especially love to keep as pets. Despite their small size, guinea pigs need lots of care to survive healthily.
Where to keep
Guinea pigs need spacious accommodation for healthy survival. The minimum size of your guinea pig’s cage should be 14 inches high, 18 inches wide and 25 inches long. Avoid using wire cages, since the mesh can hurt the animal. Guinea pigs always chew things placed around them. Always keep toxic substances away from the cage of the animal. Keep nesting materials, available in pet supply stores, inside the cage. You can also keep shredded clean papers inside the cage. Hays form the suitable flooring materials of your pet’s cage. You can also include pest free logs inside the cage.
Guinea pigs are herbivorous animals. You can feed them leafy green vegetables and slices of fruits. Remember to remove the seeds, before serving fruits to the animals. Guinea pigs need adequate doses of vitamin C, which can be supplied through fruits, such as apples or melons. Always introduce new food items, one at a time. Continue feeding the food, only if you notice no digestive problem in your pet. You can also serve your pet commercial guinea pig foods available in the pet supply stores. Keep a food bowl and a water bottle fitted with a sipper tube inside the cage
Guinea pigs use the flooring of the cages, both as bathroom and bedroom. Keeping the cage clean is therefore necessary to prevent growth of germs. Frequently, clean the cage by scrubbing and washing it. Completely dry the cage, and lay fresh floor lining. Guinea pigs are extremely fussy with personal hygiene. The animals try to clean themselves with their back claws, tongue and front teeth. However, pet owners should also help to keep the animal clean. The longhaired guinea pigs require brushing to keep their hairs tangle free.