Guinea pigs are rodents like hamsters and chinchillas. They are social animals that are generally friendly and easy to handle but require regular cleaning. They can be shy and scare easily, thus they need a gentle and patient owner.
There are different breeds of guinea pigs with different hair types.
• Cage (with a solid floor)
• Food & water
• Water bottle & food dish
• Grooming equipment for long fur (comb, brush)
• Mineral or wooden blocks (for natural trimming of teeth)
• Claw clippers
• Lots of time and love
Other items your pet may need:
We also recommend toys to keep your guinea pig occupied when it is alone.
Guinea pigs are herbivores. Provide lots of hay (dried grass) and fresh vegetables and fruits like carrots, grapes and oranges, along with their dry pellet food.
Guinea Pig Owner’s Timetable:
Guinea Pig Tips
• Feed your guinea pigs food with added Vitamin C made especially for them. This is important as guinea pigs cannot produce their own Vitamin C.
• As Vitamin C in commercial food is stable for up to three months, supplements should be considered.
• To add variety to their diet, you can also provide them with fresh fruit and vegetables. Take care not to feed your guinea pig with too much fresh food or it will get a stomachache.
• Provide your pet with a cage with solid flooring as guinea pigs have small feet that easily fall through cage floor grilles.