How to care for a Guinea pig

Guinea pigs are simple to care for cute rodents that can be Pets, even for people not planning to spend on animals a lot of time and effort. However, certain interactions with these animals still need to produce regularly, because it affects their health.

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Caring for Guinea pigs

Home in care of a Guinea pig – timely feeding, cleaning of cages and hygiene of the animal.

The cage should be spacious enough for the pet to move (there are large and small rocks – the bigger the animal, the larger cell), and make it easier to care for a Guinea pig. If keep multiple Guinea pigs, the cage should be more!

On the bottom of the cage, it will be convenient to put a “pan” — retractable cell, which is easier to clean. Sell special fillers for cells of rodents (based on sawdust, ordinary or granular) – in Guinea pigs have the instinct to dig burrows, so it is important that the filler it was possible to dig.

Change filler preferably once a week.

Also the cell should be tray-Tualatin – pig can be trained to go only there. Equip the cage with a special drinking bottle (a saucer of Guinea pigs don’t drink!).

A characteristic of all rodents are teeth they gradually grow, and they must be ground off of solid objects. These can be wooden sticks, special chalk stones and rings – they may reside in the cell.

But even if you properly care for Guinea pigs, do not rule out the possibility of malocclusion and tooth growth – with this problem it is necessary to go to the vet, otherwise, at some point the animal will be difficult to eat.

Care of Guinea pigs: bathing and hygiene

Pigs themselves are clean animals, they themselves take care of their fur. But at home it’s not enough.

First, pigs need to be brushed as needed. During the period of active molt (you can’t miss this period because of the dropped wool in the cage will be much larger), the animal should be brushed every two or three days. In normal times, and enough times a week, but more frequent brushing is needed longhair exotic breed – rosette and Angora, for example.

In addition to removing the fallen hairs, the comb has the function of massaging the skin, which positively affects condition of the animal. For combing you need a soft brush and a special comb (you will advise it in the pet store).

Another important point on how to care for Guinea pigs.

Sometimes in long-haired breeds formed mats is their appearance need to trace and cut with scissors. Another surprise of inexperienced owners point – pigs living in a cage in pairs, or several individuals, sometimes gnaw each other’s wool, “sostrigla” pieces. It’s not dangerous, but it is better to provide for grinding of the teeth other objects – a wooden stick, for example.

Bathing Guinea pigs is only in case of strong pollution often do not need. Suitable shampoo for cats or pet rabbits, or children.

It is important not to overcool your pet animal, so the water should be warm enough, and after a bath it is necessary to dry out the pig in a towel to protect from drafts.

Guinea pigs can swim, but in spite of this, during bathing it is necessary to gently hold the animal in his hands, not to accidentally pour water into the lugs.

Pigs need as necessary to trim the claws (if they grow back and bent the ends to the foot – there is a risk of “in-grown claw”). It’s easy to do – in good light can be seen in the claw are the veins – the blood vessels. To cut with scissors you need the tip, where the vessel is not – otherwise the animal will be hurt!

Especially the treatment of Guinea pigs

Care of Guinea pigs, the contents in the right conditions – not all! Need to know how not to harm the animal, interacting with it.

  • The cage should not be placed on the sun, on drafty, cold place. The optimum temperature of 19-25 degrees, no direct sunlight (though of course, if the pig sometimes runs out on the sunlit place, nothing bad will happen).
  • Pick up pigs need certain movement, keeping the body. You can’t carry them by the scruff, like kittens. If the pig is in your hands – hold her, don’t let’s just sit on the palm of her hand – she could fall and get seriously injured.
  • You can’t take on hands and to carry pregnant females and newborn cubs. If a pregnant pig should still gently move (for example, during harvesting of the cells) then do not grab her by the torso and does not compress!
  • You can release the pig to run around the apartment, but follow her movements – that never huddled in a crevice was pressed against the door, etc. of Course, watch what and where she eats (a particular risk house plants!).
  • You can drive the pig for a walk in the warm time of the year, wearing on her special harness. Let her run where there is no walking of Pets and no stray dogs and cats (to minimise the risk of infestation and disease).

Soon the site “” will tell you what and how to feed Guinea pigs – stay tuned!

Author – Dasha Blinova, site

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