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Are Guinea Pigs good pets?

Are guinea pigs good pets?

Guinea pigs are great pets. Because they live for many years, they can enjoy it longer than most other rodents. They have a distinct personality and are loud enough to be easily recognized and bond with. They give a lot of fun to play with and entertain yourself. Guinea pigs have many attractive traits such as small, docile and good-natured to name a few. However, like any other pet, they require special care and attention. Before buying a guinea pig, please answer the following questions:


    Where is the best place to raise guinea pigs?

    Instead of buying guinea pigs from a pet store to increase demand, consider adopting one or two from your local animal shelter. Most shelters welcome small animals in need of a new home and will feel good about saving lives.

    How much time do you have on your hands for guinea pigs?

    Guinea pigs need time out of their cages every day. Whether your guinea pig stretches its legs, explores a new area or cuddles in its lap, daily engagement and attention is critical to their well-being. Guinea pigs need regular grooming. Short-haired breeds only need to be combed once a week, while long-haired breeds require regular maintenance. Guinea pig cages should be properly cleaned once a week and partial cleaning every few days. If you don't like the smell of dirty cages, think about how your guinea pigs feel about stinks in your living room. They spend almost all of their waking hours a few inches above their bed.

    Is raising guinea pigs a good idea for your family?

    When buying a guinea pig for your child, consider how caring for them over time fits into your family's routine.

    Are you a parent with young children?

    Because young infants often lack fine motor control and self-control, they may accidentally drop, trample, or terrify a guinea pig. Guinea pigs require sensitive handling and can be easily frightened by loud noises or rapid movements.

    What is your financial condition to adopt guinea pigs ?

    Although guinea pig adoption fees are often low, there are significant upfront costs and ongoing requirements. The following items are likely to be included in your first purchase of equipment and supplies.

    • Food plate
    • A small chest that can be used as a hiding place
    • Large cages or modular enclosures are also options.
    • Paper bedding is preferred over wood bedding because wood shavings can release volatile chemicals
    • Water bottle
    • Bedding material

    Interested in getting a second guinea pig?

    Guinea pigs are sociable animals that breed with other pigs. Even for someone who spends a lot of time with guinea pigs every day, keeping a lone guinea pig from feeling lonely and bored is a difficult spell.

    Do you know if you are allergic to something?

    Guinea pigs can cause allergic reactions in certain people. These allergies are caused by proteins in the animal's saliva and urine (not fur or dander, despite the fact that they often transmit these allergens during handling and close contact). Allergies can also be triggered by hay and wood shavings.

    If you have never lived with guinea pigs before, spend some time with someone close to you or dealing with adoptable guinea pigs in your local Indian community or rescue group foster home. You can meet new best friends!

    Consider lifespan of guinea pigs.

    Guinea pigs live on average 5-7 years. This is much longer than the lifespan of many other small pets such as hamsters, gerbils, rats and rats. When life changes, guinea pigs may be more portable than dogs or cats, but more than 5 years is still a long time.

    That's exactly what a guinea pig thinks it means when it gnaws at you: "Don't do it." Even if they don't talk, most cats hate being hugged and if they try they will run away or burrow to hide. If they are in nature, predators such as owls can attack them from above. Animals often wobble and fall over, so care should be taken when picking them up. They can often be blanketed and scooped up to relax and feel safe, then patted and fed. You can bite your fingers if you don't want to touch them, and small, sharp teeth can break your skin.

    The nails of guinea pigs grow quickly. Animals should be brought to the veterinarian once a month for nail trimming, unless the caregiver is particularly proficient in nailing and costs about $15 each.

    It's like potato chips. You can't have just one.

    Just as you can't eat just one potato chip, you can't just adopt a guinea pig. Being alone is not good for your health. They need classmates with whom they can "talk," play, and cuddle. Partnerships are so important to their well-being that it is forbidden in Switzerland to keep only one. Males and females must be neutered if they are to be adopted.

    PETA is dedicated to tackling the homeless animal epidemic because every animal deserves a home of love. We try to educate people not to buy animals for the moment and dump them into shelters when it takes "too much effort". However, here are some suggestions for those who are serious about adopting a guinea pig and providing lifelong care.

    Guinea pigs love fresh vegetables and should be fed a variety of foods every day. You can play with a variety of foods to see what your pigs like, and they may like to eat them from your hand or lap.

    Offer only moderate amounts of fruit (no more than one piece per week).

    Choose fodder pellets made from Timothy hay, with no additional seeds or colorful flakes. Timothy hay should make up the majority of your diet.

    They cannot retain vitamin C and must get it through their regular diet. Make sure the feed grains you buy are fortified and make sure your pigs are getting enough vitamin C from vegetables like red bell peppers. However, since this is not always enough, PETA suggests purchasing a vitamin specifically for guinea pigs.

    Do not use cedar or pine shavings as bedding as they are toxic to guinea pigs?

    If your veterinarian doesn't have much expertise in outpatients, you may be referred to an outpatient specialist for regular checkups and other treatments. This can cost more than seeing a regular veterinarian.

    The apple branches and specialized wooden chewing blocks that you can find at pet supply stores are excellent at keeping your guinea pigs' attention and interest while keeping their teeth from getting too long.

    Their habitat should be large enough to accommodate two guinea pigs that are at least 5 feet by 2 feet. Most pet shop cages are so small that forcing a person to live is the same as forcing a person to live in the bathroom. My pigs love visiting each other in their two guinea colonies at MidWest Homes for Pets. Animals must be out of the cage every day to exercise in a safe environment.

    Each habitat should include small animal igloos or small boxes with doorways, huge haystacks and other places where pigs can indulge in their natural burrowing activity. When their environment is partially covered with a light sheet or blanket, they feel safer.

    Unless they prefer porcelain bowls, they should have at least one or two large or small water bottles with sipper tubes.

    Long-haired guinea pigs should be carefully combed once a week to avoid an unpleasant mat.

    If your family is prepared to adopt a pair of guinea pigs for an extended period of time (up to 7 years), adoption is best. Witnesses found Duke and Bogart, along with several other animals, suffering at a PetSmart store in Nashville, Tennessee, and brought them to PETA. "There's no point in spending it on a $15 animal," the store manager said about providing essential care to sick and injured animals. All pet stores and animal suppliers investigated by PETA were found to be subject to the same apathy and abuse. Duke and Bogart's rehabilitation process was long and expensive.

    However, guinea pig rescue organizations and humanitarian societies will be happy to help you find the best fit for your family. A good place to start is the Guinea Pig Adoption Network, Cavy Spirit, or Petfinder. If you can afford a pair of guinea pigs that have everything they need, they can become fun, lovable, and cuddly friends for life.

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    About the author

    I am Paige and I love pets. I have a bearded dragon and a husky. My bearded dragon's name is Bart and he is a lot of fun. He likes to eat crickets and play in his cage. My husky's name is Sandy and she is a lot of fun, too. She likes to run and play in the park. I love taking them for walks and playing with them. They are both a big part of my family.
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