All About Guinea Pigs Guinea pigs are social, affectionate and comical pets. Guinea pigs are rather vocal pets that quickly become conditioned to the sound of veggies being chopped, the refrigerator door being opened and the sound of a plastic bag being brought through the door. Guinea pigs are very social animals that enjoy the company of other pigs. If you have only one pigger in the house s/he can live a happy, healthy life as long as s/he receives enough attention from a human companion. Diet The most important aspect of a guinea pig diet is vitamin C. Vitamin C can easily be provided in a good, balanced diet. Guinea pigs should be provided with a good quality pellet on a daily basis. In addition to pellets and hay, all guinea pigs should be provided with fruits and veggies. Avoid giving your pig broccoli because it will cause gas. Keep your eyes open for hair loss and intense scratching because external parasites such as mites and lice are often observed in pet piggers. Guinea pigs can also suffer from upper respiratory infection. If you notice any change in your pigger’s normal routine including lack of appetite or diarrhea go immediately to a vet who specializes in small animals. Because guinea pigs have ever-growing teeth it is very important to make sure they are not becoming overgrown. Housing Pigs do not climb like rats and mice so height is not important when choosing a cage. Do not provide your guinea pig with an exercise wheel; it will cause them serious spinal injury! Fun Facts Guinea pig babies are born fully furred with their eyes open. Hairless guinea pigs make great pets for those with allergies.
Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Guinea Pig Food, 5-lb bag
Sort by: Most relevantNewestTop contributorsFeatured reviewsOldestHighest ratingLowest ratingPhoto reviews. Filter by: All stars5 stars only4 stars only3 stars only2 stars only1 star onlyAll positiveAll critical. I have 5 Guinea Pigs, and NONE of them will touch this food. I could see if one or two didn’t care for it, there is always one in every crowd, but not a single pig would eat it. The local pet stores stopped carrying it for some reason and I had to substitute a different kind and she would pick through the bowl and barely eat anything. I finally started ordering it for her from Chewy.com and she is back to her normal eating. I thought it was like what we usually buy, but it wasn’t. My little g pig loves it he can’t go with out it. Very happy with this tho, because my piggy is a very picky eater. I have tried several different foods for my 2 Guinea Pigs and they do not care for a lot of the stuff added to their foods such as the big pieces of carrot and corn and who knows what….but this food they liked. I didn’t have to pick out any of the food pieces. Definitely 2 -4 dollars cheaper on every product I buy…pedigree dog food, kaytee guinea pig food/treats, milk bone dog biscuits, parakeet seed. This is a quality product and my guinea pig likes her food too. My Guinea Pig Peanut, hates the extras that are in her diet and only eats the pellets and the dried up peas! I love theese cuz as soon as she hears the bag when i put my hand in it she comes running by her food bowl! Anyway, I loves these in all ways. This is okay, my Guinea pig just like hay and fresh veggies more.
Vet Tips Caring for your Guinea Pig
Despite their common name, these animals are not pigs, nor do they come from Guinea. Guinea pigs are large rodents, weighing between 700 and 1200g, and measuring between 20 and 25 cm in length. According to the 2006 Guinness Book of Records the longest living guinea pig survived 14 years, 10.5 months. The guinea pig is able to breed all year-round, with birth peaks usually coming in the spring; as many as five litters can be produced per year. Do NOT fast your Guinea Pig before you bring her to the hospital. Please bring a small lunch pack with when you drop her off at Hilton Vet. Your Guinea Pig will get an intramuscular sedation that will make her fall asleep in 5 to 10 minutes. The sutures are hidden underneath the skin so your Guinea Pig won’t be able to pull them out. Do NOT fast your Guinea Pig before you bring him to the hospital. Please bring a small lunch pack with when you drop him off at Hilton Vet. Your Guinea Pig will get an intramuscular sedation that will make him fall asleep in 5 to 10 minutes. Most grass-eating mammals are quite large and have a long digestive tract; while guinea pigs have much longer colons than most rodents, they must also supplement their diet by coprophagy, the eating of their own faces. The cecotropes are eaten directly from the anus, unless the guinea pig is pregnant or obese. Guinea pigs can be fed Alfalfa, parsley, peppers, corn on the cob, cucumber, carrots, celery, apples and melon without the seeds, cauliflower leaves, broccoli and lettuce. The Kitten or Puppy advantage is the correct size for a fully grown Guinea Pig and is safe to use.