Guinea Pig Care - A Beginner's Guide On Caring For A Guinea Pig

Updated on February 5, 2016

Guinea Pig Care: Guinea Pigs Make The Best Pets!

Guinea pigs are hands down the best pets for children and it's easy to learn guinea pig care. They are cuddly, cute, easy to keep and breed and live for approximately 4-7 years. They smell nice and their minuscule droppings mean that caring and cleaning are kept to a minimum. If you’re a parent looking for a suitable pet for children aged 5-12, guinea pigs are ideal for children to learn about pet care – keeping a guinea pig is not expensive and guinea pigs like to interact constantly with their keepers, making sweet noises and responding with delight to food treats and petting. This article will help you learn how to take care of your guinea pig, from selecting the right animal to housing and feeding it.

Two rough-haired and one smooth-haired tortoiseshell and white guinea pigs.
Two rough-haired and one smooth-haired tortoiseshell and white guinea pigs.
A smooth-haired cinnamon agouti.
A smooth-haired cinnamon agouti.
A self-black guinea pig.
A self-black guinea pig.
Albino guinea pigs have red eyes and white hair.
Albino guinea pigs have red eyes and white hair.
Long-haired guinea pigs - these need extra attention when grooming.
Long-haired guinea pigs - these need extra attention when grooming.
This texel guinea pig has a long and curly coat.
This texel guinea pig has a long and curly coat.
A long-haired Peruvian guinea pig with a friend.
A long-haired Peruvian guinea pig with a friend.

Choosing A Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs come in many varieties from different parts of the world. Some have smooth, short hair, like the English or Bolivian breeds and some have really long hair, like Peruvian guinea pigs. Rough haired breeds can be quite cute and are easy to care for. Children like the fluffy bits on the rough haired guinea pigs.

Tortoiseshell guinea pigs have black, brown and white coloured hair on their bodies, while Golden and Cinnamon Agoutis are a warm pepper grey, reminiscent of their wild cavy cousins. One-coloured guinea pigs are called Selfs, as in Self Blacks, Self Whites and Self Chocolates.

It doesn’t matter which coloured guinea pig you choose as they are all adorable, but what does matter is how long the hair is. Long-haired Peruvian guinea pigs require more care than short-haired or rough-haired guinea pigs as the hair needs more maintenance and attention to keep it pest and knot free.

A beginner’s guinea pig would ideally be smooth or rough haired, but with relatively shorter hairs (eg, less than 1.5cm long). This will ensure that combing and washing is kept to a minimum, hair loss is not messy and that any treatments for lice and fleas will work much better if needed.

Beginners are also recommended to choose certain sexes if having more than one guinea pig, due to fighting and breeding problems that occur from combining sexes. One male or one female guinea pig is happy on its own, but if more than one guinea pig is desired, consider buying female guinea pigs, as they live together in the same cages in harmony, whereas the male guinea pigs fight and hurt each other. Male guinea pigs need to be kept in separate cages unless they are being used for breeding with the females.

When you buy a guinea pig, check it appears healthy. Eyes should be bright and clean, noses, ears and anus should be clean and lacking crusty sores or signs of scratching or bleeding. Fold back some hairs on the guinea pig’s back, neck and stomach to check there are no skin flakes, redness, sores, lice or fleas.

Do not buy any guinea pigs with sores as they often have ongoing problems. Initial fleas can be removed with flea powders and other treatments but avoid a guinea pig sporting sores due to scratching.

This brown and white smooth-haired guinea pig is ready for a garden feast, handpicked by its owner!
This brown and white smooth-haired guinea pig is ready for a garden feast, handpicked by its owner!
Carrots, apples and corn cobs are a guinea pig's favourite fruits and vegetables.
Carrots, apples and corn cobs are a guinea pig's favourite fruits and vegetables.
Corn husks are an ideal bedtime snack for this rough-haired guinea pig.
Corn husks are an ideal bedtime snack for this rough-haired guinea pig.

Well Trained Guinea Pigs

Feeding Guinea Pigs – What Do Guinea Pigs Eat?

By nature, guinea pigs are grazing animals and in the wild they live on leaves, stems and seeds of grasses and their associated plants. In captivity, guinea pigs like to eat fresh green grass, hay, fresh fruit and vegetables and grain for their staple diet.

For the most basic diet, consider using a grazing hutch to allow your guinea pig to eat as much grass as it can. When your guinea pig is taken indoors, provide a small bowl of one of the following: honeyed oats, crushed oats, guinea pig pellets (but not rabbit pellets), guinea pig grain mixture, wholemeal bread or bran (mixed in a mash with milk or water). You can buy any of these at a local feed store or pet shop. Honeyed oats are the best of these for encouraging a healthy appetite. Guinea pig pellets tend to be used as a last resort.

The kinds of fruits and vegetables guinea pigs like to eat include apples, carrots, lettuce, corn on the cob, celery leaves, spinach, silverbeat, cabbage, orange rinds, grapefruit rinds and tomatoes. Guinea pigs are individual animals regarding diet and some will like tomatoes and some will turn up their nose at them! For this reason, to ensure guinea pigs get a good amount of Vitamin C, fussy eaters might like occasional orange or tomato juice mixed into their water. Serve crunchy fruits and vegetables that you would eat yourself – no slimy brown edges or any rotten foods.

Guinea pigs require water at all times, in both outdoor and indoor cages. Pet shops sell water dispensers or you can make your own out of a small, empty soft drink bottle, a piece of wire, a rubber cork and a metal tube with a round ball wedged in it. Attach the dispenser to a cage by allowing the metal tube into the cage while keeping the bottle outside it (propped up with wire). The guinea pig licks the metal ball and moves it around in the metal tube, allowing water to flow out in small amounts. Check water dispensers daily to make sure your guinea pig has enough to drink.

This homemade shelter for an indoor cage is a great comfort to the inhabitants.
This homemade shelter for an indoor cage is a great comfort to the inhabitants.
Indoor guinea pigs cages like this one are available from pet stores and are easy to clean.
Indoor guinea pigs cages like this one are available from pet stores and are easy to clean.
A large tube is often used for entertainment and shelter for guinea pigs.
A large tube is often used for entertainment and shelter for guinea pigs.
This indoor cage has a lid on the top to prevent escapes and keep pests (like mice) out.
This indoor cage has a lid on the top to prevent escapes and keep pests (like mice) out.
Sawdust is a great floor covering, good for guinea pig's feet. It's also very absorbent.
Sawdust is a great floor covering, good for guinea pig's feet. It's also very absorbent.

Guinea Pig Cages

Weather permitting, guinea pigs like to be housed indoors and outdoors. Typically, a guinea pig will graze in an outdoor cage most of the day and prefer an indoor cage when weather is cold or stormy and also every night.

Indoor Guinea Pig Cages

These come in a variety of styles. The main features to look for include:

  • Being able to add a water dispenser
  • Adequate air ventilation
  • Having enough room for each guinea pig
  • Convenience in being able to clean out the floor of the cage

Lots of people use large plastic storage containers with a homemade or shop bought grill on top (or a wooden frame lid with wire in the centre) so that the guinea pig can breathe. Drill a hole for the water dispenser tube in the side and attach the water bottle on the outside of the cage with wire. Put sawdust, sand or newspaper on the floor of the cage to absorb urine and droppings. Then, place food containers into the cage and a handful of hay for a bed.

This outdoor guinea pig cage combines a shelter hutch with a grassy area for grazing.
This outdoor guinea pig cage combines a shelter hutch with a grassy area for grazing.

Outdoor Guinea Pig Cages

These are often known as “outdoor runs”, “outdoor hutches” and “outdoor guinea pig cages”. Usually these cages have four walls and a roof but no floor – allowing guinea pigs to eat the grass underfoot and fertilise the lawn with their droppings. A water dispenser should be attached but no food containers are needed with the outdoor cage.

A lifting lid that allows you to handle the guinea pig into the cage without it running away is a good idea.

Since predators such as birds, cats, foxes and dogs might look at the cage, make sure it is a heavy cage or is attached to the ground with tent pegs. Somewhere for the guinea pig to hide is essential – you can have a homemade box with a door, or cut a doorway into an upside down flowerpot for each guinea pig. Allowing guinea pigs to hide from predators is very important – guinea pigs can die of fright if not protected. For this purpose, some cages have solid sides as well – not all walls of the cage have to be mesh or chicken wire.

Cleaning Cages

Clean the indoor guinea pig cage at least once a week, or even more often. Simply remove the guinea pig, scrape the mess off the bottom of the cage into a bin and replace the sawdust, newspaper or sand. When the cage has had a few weeks of cleaning, it might get a bit smelly from urine. Simply hose out the cage and let dry when cleaning to get rid of this. Outdoor cages shouldn’t need cleaning, except if you have a hutch or shelter with a floor.

Guinea pigs after bathing!
Guinea pigs after bathing!

Guinea Pig Care

Guinea pigs don’t need lots of bathing, but in hot weather, a cool bath can make your guinea pig feel a lot more comfortable. Bathe the guinea pig in a shallow container as, while guinea pigs can swim, they are panicked and frightened when doing so. Be prepared to hold onto the guinea pig while it kicks and splashes in the water – they don’t like baths! Then wrap the wet guinea pig in a warm towel to dry off its fur.

You can apply medical shampoos when your guinea pig has a bath, but it is better to apply the smallest amount possible and to avoid shampooing your guinea pig with chemicals just to make it smell nice.

Trim guinea pig toenails every month using a pair of toenail clippers. If you have a long-haired guinea pig, brush the hair using a brush or comb regularly, to prevent knots and burrs. Trim any matted patches if they cannot be brushed out.

Avoid being overrun by a herd of guinea pigs by keeping male and female guinea pigs apart.
Avoid being overrun by a herd of guinea pigs by keeping male and female guinea pigs apart.
Guinea pig babies and mother guinea pig.
Guinea pig babies and mother guinea pig.

Pregnancy & Breeding

Every child learns that if you put a male and female guinea pig together, you get lots of excitement and noises happening on a regular basis. However, female guinea pigs are notoriously fertile and can get pregnant at just 12 weeks of age, producing 5 litters a year for an average of 2 years. Each litter can have 1-4 babies.

If you’re set up for large families of guinea pigs, by all means, go ahead and trial a breeding program. It’s lots of fun to see what varieties and mixed colours can produce – anything from albinos to patchy tortoiseshells will surprise!

However, if you want to keep your cavy herd down to a personal pet flock, consider keeping male and female guinea pigs constantly separated in both indoor and outdoor cages. And don’t trust your children not to put males and females together when you’re not there – they’ll do it because the males make interesting sounds at the females and they’ll want to see what happens next…

Keep guinea pigs suffering from pneumonia warm and dry.
Keep guinea pigs suffering from pneumonia warm and dry.

Guinea Pig Food Recipe

Mix the following to create a delicious guinea pig food that can be used every day for a healthy diet (alongside fruit, vegetables and grass):

Brown & Green Hay
Layer Pellets
Cracked Oat Seeds
Wheat
Cracked Barley
Golden Syrup or Molasses

Common Diseases & Treatments

Hair loss or pneumonia in guinea pigs can be caused by a lack of Vitamin C in the diet. Pneumonia in particular can be treated by keeping guinea pigs in a dry, warm environment out of the weather. Hair loss combined with sores may indicate fleas or lice and can be treated with medicated shampoos, lotions and powders from your pet shop or vet.

If your guinea pig is eating a diet too rich in sugar, fruit, starches and carbohydrates, it will have intestinal problems and diarrhoea. Make sure your guinea pigs is getting lots of grass. Diarrhoea can also occur if guinea pigs eat too many dark green, leafy vegetables such as silverbeet. Constipation occurs if the diet is too dry and lacking in roughage – more water and fruit will help.

Guinea pigs which hold their head to one side and may veer in circles may have a middle ear infection and veterinary advice should be sought.

Pasturellosis, which causes respiratory and eye infections can be treated with antibiotics, as can streptococcal infections. Pseudotuberculosis (an infectious disease) produces enlarged neck glands and can be fatal if professional help is not forthcoming. A rapidly deteriorating condition is Salmonellosis, which occurs through carriers of the disease in colonies.

Wounds may be caused by putting two male guinea pigs together or having an overcrowding problem in the cages. Bathe wounds in a mild antiseptic and keep the fighting guinea pigs separated permanently. Wounds will heal quite well if the fighting does not occur again.

Some illnesses, such as old age, cannot be cured but must be endured. Keeping your guinea pig as comfortable as possible and with a healthy diet helps retain good health, rewarding you with a happy pet!

Thank you for reading my article about guinea pig care for kids. If this information was useful to you, please click the “vote up” or "useful" button below!

Questions & Answers

    © 2011 Suzanne Day

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        Guinea pig breeder 

        2 weeks ago

        I own 5 guinea pigs at the moment and I breed and sell them for $10... I breed them about 3 or 4 times each year

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        GuineaPigs 

        3 weeks ago

        I have 3 guinea pigs, one is a Albino, There are 2 of them that fight all the time and recently Dallas (the albino) pulled out the other Guinea Pigs hair. We have a younger Guniea Pig that tries to go out of his house and eat but Dallas keeps pushing him in to the house. Dallas has ripped out the other Guinea Pigs hair twice now and we have had them for 2 days.

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        Ginny pig lover 

        7 weeks ago

        I am trying to convince my parents that I am ready for a Guinea pig

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        liam 

        8 months ago

        I want to get a guinea pig for my 9th b day the smoothed haired is so cute

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        georgiagurl77 

        11 months ago

        How do I know how old my new fur baby (guinea pig) is? The lady says she just turned 6 weeks but I'd like to know for sure if possible. Thank you very much

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        Somerzby 

        13 months ago

        thank you for you're very helpful article, it's a great help to all the pet owners that are looking for good sound advice on how to care for their guinea pigs, well done...

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        Anthony 

        13 months ago

        I read all of this and it really helps because I'm getting a guini pig soon!

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        emily 

        14 months ago

        so helpful now i now how to take care of my guinea pig

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        ZaraDaGunieaPiglover 

        14 months ago

        OMG! Thank you guys so much I had a pet rabbit since my first day at school (in my new town bc I moved) and that was over 2 years ago. He recently pasted from illness if me not taking the best care of him, I was gonna get him a Guinea Pig buddy, but not anymore. Now my birthdya is coming up (in September) and I've asked for a Guniea Pig I already have a cage for him, and my best friends says she will give me one of her genies pigs for freee

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        jack kandiken 

        15 months ago

        First of all, guinea pigs are not happy on their own. They are herd animals and can quickly develop depression and you always need to have two guinea pigs in a cage. Also, male guinea pigs can be bonded together and will do fine. I have a pair of male guinea pigs who would never hurt eachother and are absolute best friends. Another thing that was not mentioned is that all guinea pigs need to go to the vet once a year regardless of their health.

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        RikkeH 

        15 months ago

        WHAT? NO! No oat, no grain, no bread and definitely no milk! And spinach is not good for them. They should eat hay, pellets, grass, hay, vegetables, dandelions and hay. Fruits like apple and orange for snacks. Not honeyed anything.

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        Nunnink 

        16 months ago

        I just got guinea pigs and I used a lot of your tips, and they helped so much, they actually cuddle with me now!

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        elki 

        16 months ago

        wow thanks i like the advice

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        Ella 

        17 months ago

        Don't listen to everything on this post people! If a guinea pig bathes in cold water it can get sick and die. It also makes them hotter if you bathe them in water on hot days because it makes their fur all sticky. Therefore, you should NEVER bathe a guinea pig in cold water! Some of the stuff about bedding was wrong too. People who read this should also read the article 5 Common mistakes guinea pig owners make so they know how guinea pigs should really be treated!

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        La 

        17 months ago

        Don't use sawdust cause it will hurt the Guinea pig's feet and maybe break the Guinea pig's feet.

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        Chris 

        19 months ago

        I'm buying two guinea pigs and this helped so much thank you

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        Nathan 

        19 months ago

        I am so excited about getting my first 2 guinea pig children. Thank-you for all the helpful information.

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        PIG LOVER 

        20 months ago

        very helpful!

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        Mya 

        21 months ago

        I'm 10 and I might be getting a guinea pig. I don't know how big a cage has to be for one female guinea pig. What would you recommend for me. I intend to keep it in my room

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        21 months ago

        I dunno if anyone has tried doing this but it says to add milk or water, but DO NOT do that as cavies are vegans and cant eat dairy.

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        Suzanne Day 

        22 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

        No, if they won't breed it's because there's some other problem, such as being the wrong sex, the wrong age or being desexed. Health of the guinea pig doesn't stop them breeding, but health does impact the health of their offspring and birth complications.

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        Dixie 

        22 months ago

        I only got my two guinea pigs yesterday female 4 months snd male 1 year old. I found it very helpfull ss the two I got was not well looked after and they have a vet appointment today at 2 vet said if they were not well looked after thats why they wont breed is that true?

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        Valene 

        2 years ago from Missouri

        I loved having guinea pigs when I was younger and hope to have some again someday.

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        Not telling you 

        2 years ago

        I just got a new guinea pig and this helps loads!!

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        kittykatsss 

        2 years ago

        im geting a guiean pig and i think this really helped thx

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        2 years ago

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        Syd 

        2 years ago

        I'm getting another guinea pig today and I red this like 50 times, thank you so much this was very helpful and this will help me keep my guinea pigs happy and healthy!

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        Alex 

        2 years ago

        Really useful information about guinea pigs. I just bought a little piggy. I also found some useful advice for guinea pig owners here : http://guineapigowner.com

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        Erin-Jade 

        2 years ago

        Thanks that was helpful !!!!

        Getting two Guinea pigs for Christmas need tips

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        Snakesmum 

        2 years ago

        Enjoyed reading about guinea pigs. Don't mean to keep one, as the pythons might get a bit excited about it though.

        It's important to do research before getting any type of pet, and your hub gives a lot of valuable information in an easy to read format.

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        Suzanne Day 

        3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

        Sounds like the guinea pig you bought was trained already to be frightened of humans. Sometimes you can help them by putting them on your lap or on a stable surface, patting them and feeding them. Spend time letting them get to know you and see if they can feel more comfortable in your presence.

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        Mian 

        3 years ago

        Hello Suzzane , I bought a guine pig at a pet shop ... is it hard to take care of them? Bcuz they dont want being hold or touch ..

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        Emily Tack 

        3 years ago from USA

        I have owned guinea pigs, off and on, for almost 50 years. The ones we have now, LOVE cilantro. I'm glad, because I detest it. To me, it tastes like soap. To THEM, it tastes like candy!

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        xhalyhanna 

        3 years ago

        You helped alot

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        Person 

        3 years ago

        Its a myth that two male guinea pigs will not get aling. I have two males and they are the best of friends.

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        mad fulla 

        3 years ago

        thank u 4 that u da best

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        Suzanne Day 

        4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

        Thank you to everyone for your comments! I'm glad you're finding my guinea pig care guide useful - guinea pigs are great pets and fairly easy to care for once you know how!

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        vidhya 

        4 years ago

        very good information. Ready to buy guinea pigs.

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        Me 

        4 years ago

        Well for a start your not supposed to put sawdust in their cages .You shouldn't keep them outside in the winter as its very cold and could make them ill. Also if you don't want breeding and you get a male and a female you could neuter it (look into it on the Internet) and my 2 boys have been living together for over 4 years now and they've never fought. Also when you get them out to have a cuddle they put like cats do and often people make that mistake and think they're happy but actually it's the opposite, it means you're scaring them

        From more facts on guinea pigs email me at : sonic84644@gmail.com

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        Me 

        4 years ago

        I have two boy guinea pigs and they don't fight I've had them for 3 years so far sooo......

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        Liz Elias 

        4 years ago from Oakley, CA

        Oh, I think Guinea Pigs are soooo cute! My elder daughter had a couple of them when she was in high school. One was a Peruvian longhair; the other an Abyssinian with swirled fur. (Both were females.)

        They made the cutest noises, and they could be LOUD. Their cages were upstairs in her room, but from up there, they could hear the lettuce being opened down in the kitchen, and we'd hear a very demanding "SQUEEEPP!!" out of them.

        Both were adopted from the local humane society shelter where we lived, and they lived about 6 years. The short-haired Abby, however, was quite the sh** disturber, and fancied herself a barber, for she'd always gnaw off the "bangs" of the long-haired piggy. She'd also go after our shoelaces when we had them out to play and exercise.

        They were very enjoyable pets, and they are easy to care for.

        Voted up, interesting, useful, shared and pinned.

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        Annomynus 

        4 years ago

        I am hoping my parents will get me 2 female guinea pigs for my birthday.

        But we don't know where to get some. If anyone has 2 female guinea pigs of about 3 months to 6 months that are desexed and wormed please write a comment about it. And please write it before October 20th because My birthday is on the 27 of October. And I live in Perth, Western Australia.

        Thank you for reading this. Yours sincerely, R.I.W

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        Guinea Pig Obsessed 

        5 years ago

        There are a few point where you have made a error... you CAN put male & female together, but one of them has to be neutered or spayed... you also CAN put 2 males together as long as they have either been introduced properly, are from the same litter or are already bonded.

        Cages MUST HAVE a minimum space of 7.5 sq feet for 1 guinea pig, 10.5 sq feet for 2 etc. which almost all store bought cages are too small for even 1 guinea pig... they cannot have any cereals, nuts, grains, rhubarb, onion, potato as they can be lethal to them... when looking to add a piggy to your family, avoid petshops at all costs because they have no idea about the proper care for a guinea pig.. go to a rescue and adopt a pair, as guinea pigs live much happier in pairs and rescues know what they're doing.

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        Happy 

        5 years ago

        Good I liked it and I think I'm going to get one:)

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        madi 

        5 years ago

        lots of info i am only 8 years old this one of the best info about guinea pigs i am going to get one soon :D

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        Nikki 

        5 years ago

        First of all, guinea pigs cannot be kept on sawdust. It irritates their eyes, and can get stuck in their nose causing infections, also, 2 boars (male piggies) Can live together and get on well if their introduced in a neutral area, and 2 female piggys can fight upon meeting the same as 2 boars can. (I have 2 boars myself, and their the best of buddies)

        Guinea Pig nuggets are also better, imo for feeding to them as they contain everything a pig needs to stays healthy, because if you give them the muesli mix, they'll tend to only eat their favorites bits, leaving out any they don't like, which is usually the stuff containing fiber, you also should have mentioned that guineapigs CAN NOT have iceberg lettuce, it can be toxic to them, it's also nutritionally inadequate for them.

        Certain fruits and veg should be fed in moderation, only 1-2 times per week, others can be fed on an almost daily basis. Also, instead of adding orange juice or tomato juice to their water, you'd be better off picking up from a pet store a tub of vitamin C powder than can be dissolved in their water, or sprinkled over their food.

        Guineas need and unlimited supply of hay as it helps keep their teeth ground down and their digestive system moving, its in a guineas instinct to bite and knaw so I'd reccomend getting plenty of wooden chew toys or un-dyed cardboard boxes

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        Allie 

        5 years ago

        Guinea pigs should not be kept in pet store cages, they should be in

        C&C cages. How big it should be depends on the amount of guinea pigs living in it. 1-2 guinea pigs in a 2x3 cage, 2-3 guinea pigs in a 2x4, and 4-5 guinea pigs in a 2x5 cage and so on. Being in apet store cage is like being sent to your room forever, you have to entertain yourself, eat, sleep everyday until you die. How do you think your guinea pig feels? They also shouldn't be on sawdust, guinea pigs love to burrow right? Well, when they burrow in sawdust it gets in their eyes and nose and causes respitory infections like URI (Upper Respitory Infection).

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        Summer 

        6 years ago

        thank u this helped a lot i cant wait to get my new guinea pig

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        Diane14 

        6 years ago

        I'm getting guinea pigs n tis is very helpful. tnx

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        deedee52 

        6 years ago

        This helped me alot on what to to when I get my hamster.

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        CAS 

        6 years ago

        Guinea pigs should not be kept alone - they are herd animals and need company of their own kind. I have two males who live together happily and never fight or hurt one another.

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        kristina44 

        6 years ago

        im going to get a smooth haired cinnamon agouti gunie pig woopee!!!!

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        kristina44 

        6 years ago

        im getting a guine pig this saturday coming up omg i cant wait thank you

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        kristina44 

        6 years ago

        i think that was so helpful now i can help my new guine pig

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        Bad bunny 

        6 years ago

        Thanks for all the info

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        cody 

        6 years ago

        @arlie Mae you better take it to the vet asap this happened to me a couple days ago and he died

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        SecretGirl 

        6 years ago

        Hey this really helped me. My guinea pig Lucky doesn't eat carrots so I went online and saw this. So it gave me a lot of info.

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        Arlie Mae 

        6 years ago

        Our pet, Peruvian guinea pig is quite, well we think it's sick. It's nose a bit wet, 'think he has a runny nose? and he's weak, always lying in it's cage, not eating nor drinking and he's not even having poops and pee. We are worried about it's condition. It's pair already died and we think he's going next to heaven. What should we do to help him regain it's good health and condition?

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        Annie 

        6 years ago

        Great info

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        ChristianeLaird 

        6 years ago

        Really helpful - thank you :)

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        TheKid 

        6 years ago

        I really want a Guina Pig!!!!

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        Courtney 

        6 years ago

        @Lilting. Actually it did. It said they cannot go in the same cage unless you are breeding them.

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        Lilting 

        6 years ago

        It was ok but it didn't tell me if a girl and a boy can live in the same cage or not

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        jayleen 

        6 years ago

        this web site has showed me how to take care of my guinea pig and now i can buy my own guinea pig haveing no problems takeing care of him. :D

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        Izstarr 

        6 years ago

        my friend's getting a guinea pig for christmas and i'm gunna look after it when she's away :) quite helpful.

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        124578 

        6 years ago

        looking to buy one always research before buying very helpful

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        Kennedy 364 

        6 years ago

        I got two new guinea pigs and I try to help them stay happy and healthy.

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        gilgamesh 

        6 years ago

        Thanks a lot this really helped me. My cousin got 2 gerbils and she doesn't really take care of them, her mom does. So I wanted to show them how to take care of them. Just a suggestion, to learn about gerbils you can go on twinsqueaks.com

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        mibhtnx 

        6 years ago

        thanks a lot.ihave a allbino ginne pig it wherked

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        Bella 

        7 years ago

        Im taking care of my friend's guinea pig for 6 months and this really helped! I will definitely do all of the things that you said to do! Thanks much!

        -Bella

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        mojo 

        7 years ago

        thank you so much!!! it was very helpful!! :)

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