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Guinea Pig Care Guide 

Origin and Breed Information 

Native Country : South America

Life Span : 4-8Years  

Size : 8-12 inches long as Adults 

Diet And Requirements 

In the wild guinea pigs get a varied diet of grains, fresh veg and foliage so it's very important to provide a balanced but varied diet for your guinea pig. The main parts of a guinea pigs diet are as follows:

  • Guinea Pig Food - This can be either pellets or a musili mix. Given fresh everyday to the manufacturers measurements  for the age or weight of your guinea pig. (Avoid over feeding)
  • Hay - Guinea Pigs need access to an unlimited amount of good quality hay. 
  • Fresh Veg - Guinea Pigs are herbivores and eat lots of grass and veggies such as, Cucumber, Lettuce, Carrots, Root Veggies, herbs etc. Make Sure to research what is nutritious for your guinea. (For example Iceberg lettuce isn't nutritious for your pet)


Housing And Temperament 

Guinea Pigs are social animals and are better kept in pairs or colony's as they can be stressed on their own. They can be housed in or outdoors provided you get the right hutches/houses for them. Like housing most pets bigger is always better for your pet and you must make sure your pig has enough room to sleep, eat and exercise/play. Housing a Guinea Pig is relatively easy give them lots of food, water and a nice comfy hay/straw bed. You might want to also give them lots of hiding places (Especially if your pet is young) such as tubes, log houses, cardboard boxes etc. )


Extra Steps for Outdoor Housing - 

Keeping your Guinea outside it perfectly fine but you must make sure you provide the following to make sure they are more comfortable outside:

  • Suitable Hutch - You must make sure you purchase the correct hutch for outdoor living. It must have a felt/waterproof roof to keep your pet dry and a sturdy door to keep predator's out (such as a pesky neighborhood cat etc.) . Must sure you buy a good quality wood hutch to avoid your pet eating its way out.  It's also better to have a hutch that has a separate sleeping compartment to help keep your pet warm at night. 
  • Weather Changes - When your pet is living outdoors you need to take extra care with weather changes. During cold weather you must provide extra bedding, more food and make sure their bottle doesn't freeze. I would recommend bring your pet indoors during very cold spells. During hot weather you must provide as much cold water as they want, move their hutch to a shaded place and make sure they don't have too much bedding to overheat. 

Overall

Guinea Pigs are one of the nations favorite pets and they are great for beginners because of their basic care needs, however your pet will still need a great quality of care. Making sure their claws and teeth are trimmed, they are wormed and fled regularly, they have the best quality diet/environment and have a great amount of social interaction and stimulation.  Overall Guinea pigs are great pets and great companions!