Allie’s Pet Corner has many types of Guinea Pigs, they come in a variety of long hair, short hair, crested, and more! The domestic guinea pig is a popular pet for households. They are distinctive because they require a source of dietary vitamin c, long gestation period of 63 days, and are very mature at birth. Guinea Pigs come in a variety of single and multi-colored coats, the most common being Himalayan (white with black points), tortoiseshell (patches of dark and light brown), tortoise and white, and Dutch (white with brown or tan pattern). All guinea pigs are available to hold and play with. Come stop by Allie’s Pet Corner to pick your Guinea Pig out today!
Cage & Habitat
- Cage: Many commercially available cages can make a wonderful home for your pets. Since they chew, the cage should not be made of wood. It should also have a solid bottom since wire mesh floors can hurt a guinea pig’s feet. You need about 2 square feet per cavy in a cage, but bigger cages make a happier pet.Keep your pig’s cage in an area where the temperature does not get too hot or too cold. At temperatures above 75 degrees, a guinea pig could die of heatstroke. Keep the cage well ventilated but not drafty. Since guinea pigs are more active during the daytime, place the cage in a well-lit
- Bedding & Substrate: There are many pelleted and shredded paper substrates that make excellent bedding and are commercially available. Wood shavings are not recommended since guinea pigs may chew on the bedding which can lead to serious health problems. Some wood shavings also have sharp particles and can be abrasive to sensitive feet or get into the cavy’s eyes causing injury.
- Water Bottle: Guinea pigs drink much Not only do they drink it but they also play in it and love sitting in a water bowl. So if you use a bowl, the dirty water must be changed more than once a day. A stoppered water bottle is a good alternative. The bottle should have a metal tube so your pet will not chew it.
- Food Bowl: These animals love to eat, but feeding them can sometimes be a challenge since they will often play in their food bowl. There are many different types and styles of food bowls A bowl that is difficult to spill or can be attached to the side of a cage will keep messes to a minimum.
- Hide Area: Every cage should include at least one hide area per cavy. These hideaways reduce stress and provide your pet with a safe and quiet place to rest. You can use a commercially available hide or something as simple as a flower pot or a large PVC tube.
- Toys & Exercise: Guinea pigs are playful animals, but not interested in exercise. They love to nibble and chew so unpainted, and untreated wood chew sticks are a must. A variety of toys that they can climb over, push around or chew will keep your pets happy and entertained. One toy you do not want to get is an exercise wheel. Wheels are bad for a guinea pig’s spine and could cause injury.
- Cleaning: You pets’ cage will most likely need to be cleaned at least once a week. Guinea pigs are clean animals and dislike a dirty cage. Replace the bedding, wash the water bottle, food dish, toys, and any other areas that may smell with soapy water. Be sure to dry everything before placing stuff back in the cage.
Food & Diet
- Pellets: There are several excellent pelleted guinea pig foods on the market. These foods have all the ingredients necessary for your cavy’s health but often exclude vitamin C.
- Hay: Hay is an important part of your pet’s diet. It helps keep the teeth worn down and satisfies his need to chew. It also provides necessary roughage. You should not feed coarse hay that can injure the soft tissues of the mouth or hay that is moldy or dirty.
- Leafy Vegetables & Fruit: There should always be a few leafy vegetables in the feed rack at all times. Guinea pigs do not enjoy cold vegetables so let them warm to room temperature before feeding them to your pet. As a treat, your pet may enjoy fresh fruit like kiwi fruit, oranges, grapes, strawberries, peaches, apricots and melons.
- Supplements: Your guinea pig needs to have vitamin C to be a happy and healthy pet. Not providing this important supplement can be fatal. Luckily there are many supplements available as a liquid or chewable bites or treats.
- Water: Guinea pigs drink muchwater, and a dry diet increases the need for water. Always provide more water than you think your pet will need.
- Harmful Foods: Not all vegetables are good for your cavy. Avoid spinach, peanuts, beet tops, potatoes, iceberg lettuce, onions, garlic, cabbage, and broccoli. Never feed your pet chocolate or candies.