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Guinea Pigs

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The Guinea pig is a member of the rodent family with an average life span of 4-7 years, they are generally sociable, easy to care for creatures. Guinea pigs must chew to wear down their constantly growing front teeth so you need to provide chew items such as chews, apples, carrots and other firm vegetables and fruits.

Frequently Asked Questions about Guinea Pigs

Your guinea pigs cage should be made of wood, plastic or metal with wood shavings (not cedar or sawdust shavings). Guinea pigs like to have places to hide and sleep so it’s a good idea to have a wooden house for them inside their cage. Keep your guinea pig in a dry area protected from cold drafts and direct sunlight.

Guinea pigs are herbivores which means they only eat grasses, vegetables and fruit. It is best to Provide an assortment of fruits and vegetables twice daily such as carrots, peas, apples, green peppers, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, cucumbers, celery, melons and parsley. Unlimited amount of hay should be supplied in your guinea pigs cage at all times for them to snack on. It is also important to include fresh pellets in your guinea pigs diet as they are enriched with vitamin C which guinea pigs cannot synthesize so it must be supplemented. Give your guinea pig freash water daily, plastic sipper bottles are best to use.

Guinea pigs should have their nails trimmed every 6 weeks or as necessary. Care must be taken to avoid cutting a blood vessel. Consult a veterinarian if you are unsure.