Guinea Pig Health News for September 12 2017

5 Common Mistakes Guinea Pig Owners Make

A guinea pig, or cavy, is a very fragile pet that requires more care than most people think. Many new guinea pig owners are guilty of some or all of these five common mistakes. Your initial thought is that if you buy this special pig, you’ll be rescuing it, and therefore it’s a good thing you chose to buy a guinea pig at a pet store. What if you want a young guinea? Don’t worry, there are thousands of guinea pigs of all different ages waiting for homes at shelters and rescues. They are also a prey animal, so no matter how many hours you spend hanging out with your guinea pig, I’m sorry but your guinea pig would still rather hang out with another guinea pig. The best way to ensure that you are getting an appropriate cage for your cavy is to build your own guinea pig cage. Some may look at an appropriate cage for a guinea pig and think that it is way too big, but if you look at how an average-sized guinea pig compares to the size of an average store-bought cage, you can see it’d be like keeping a hamster in a shoebox. If a Labrador was kept in a pen that was only big enough for it to take a few steps each day, most would consider it animal abuse, so why is it okay to give that same treatment to a guinea pig? Popular brands used by guinea pig experts include Oxbow Cavy Cuisine, and pellets sold by KMS Hayloft. Hay: Your guinea pig needs an unlimited supply of hay at all times. Sugar-filled, wacky-flavored, colorful guinea pig treats are not good. One of the most common types of bedding used in guinea pig cages is in the form of wood shavings or paper-based bedding.
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Your Guinea Pig’s Home

Follow the minimum cage size standards of.7 or 1 square meter and you will see your own guinea pig’s behavior improve significantly. Babies, very young or very small guinea pigs, and pregnant mothers require some temporary additional height on the sides of the cage. Any wire hay rack should be used with caution with very small guinea pigs. Read some of the Testimonials here and surf through the many internet guinea pig forums, lists and groups with unending positive results demonstrating improved health and well-being of guinea pigs everywhere. The health benefit of exercise for guinea pigs is significant. Like humans, overweight guinea pigs have a higher tendency toward health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, bladder infections, respiratory problems, bumblefoot, and more. A large cage with ample room for exercise can help keep your guinea pig toned and fit. Even if you provide an ample amount of floor time every day, your guinea pigs need to be able to exercise and explore on their own body clocks. Like people, guinea pigs get bored living in the same old small cage hour after hour, day after day, year after year with nothing much to do. If you have two or more non-breeding or same-sex guinea pigs, it helps keep them happy with each other if they have enough room to run and play and to get away from each other when they choose. An easier to clean cage for you means you’ll love your guinea pigs that much more over the years. Happy guinea pigs are more entertaining and well-adjusted guinea pigs.
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Guinea Pig Care

If you’re looking for information on how to care for pet guinea pigs and are the proud new owner of a Cavia porcellus, you’re in store for lots of fun! For these small furry creatures, properly called the cavy, guinea pig care is not too difficult. The first thing is to choose a suitable name – check out our mega list of guinea pig names. Guinea pig care begins with proper food, and these pets eat hays, forage grasses, and pellets. Good guinea pig care includes learning about some common mistakes made by well-meaning owners. As much as your guinea pig is going to bond with you, he’ll be even happier if he has a companion. If you want to provide a great home to guarantee a happy guinea pig, care should be taken to choose a large cage. You need 7.5 square feet for one guinea pig, and allow three feet more for every additional pet. Make sure to bookmark the ultimate Guinea Pig Care Sheet which has the top information on guinea pig care and read on for more piggy tips! Rather than just visiting your neighborhood pet store, call your area’s humane shelter / guinea pig rescue first and ask if they have any available for adoption. You might have to give your pet some extra treatment if he’s been neglected, but providing the good guinea pig care that he needs to become healthy and happy will allow you to take pride in and enjoy your pet even more. Have a question, need more info or want to contribute your experience with guinea pigs? – Get involved on the Guinea Pig Care Facebook Page..
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