March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month! These cute little furballs really are full of charm, and make very lovable pets. However, just like any other animal, they need proper care in order to thrive. A local Mesa, AZ vet offers some tips on caring for them below.
Get A Great Cage
Many pet store cages are actually too small for these guys. It’s best if you can get one that is at least ten square feet for two Guinea pigs, but if you have more than two furballs, you’ll actually need more space. You’ll need to add things like hide boxes, toys, beds, and dishes, and a suitable substrate.
Get More Than Two
Guinea pigs—or cavies, as they are also called—are very friendly. These guys need some of their own kind to socialize with. It’s actually illegal to only have one in Switzerland, as it’s considered abusive. We recommend getting at least two. Look for a bonded pair.
Provide Good Food
Good pet care really does start with good food. Your little buddies will need lots of fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay. You can supplement this with pellets and some safe fruits and veggies. Never give your furry friends anything without checking to make sure it’s safe! It’s also crucial to ensure that your cavies are getting enough Vitamin C in their diet. Your vet can offer you more information on this.
Cavies, like many smaller pets, have open-rooted teeth. This means that they need to chew to wear their teeth down. Otherwise, they’ll end up with painful dental issues. You can buy cute toys online. You can also offer things like crumpled-up paper balls and the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls.
Spend Time With Your Pet
Like any other pet, cavies are always happier when they feel loved and safe. Pay attention to your little friends every day. The more you interact with your Guinea pigs, the more friendly and interactive they’ll become!
Consult Your Vet
If you’ve never had a cavy before, you’ll probably want to consult your vet before bringing your tiny furball home. In addition to specific advice on things like housing, diet, and care, ask about signs of illness to look for.
If you have any questions about your Guinea pig care, call us, your Mesa, AZ pet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!