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How To Care For A Guinea Pigs


Guinea pigs are quite Social Creatures

Guinea pigs are quite social creatures, so it's best to have two guinea pigs so they can interact with each other. It is possible to train them, they often respond by chirping when their name is called. Also, they make different sounds when caressing. They need a large cage and should be allowed to run and/or exercise outside the cage for at least 1 hour a day. It is dangerous for them to fall from a height and you should pay attention. Guinea pigs are quite kind, rarely bite and love to sit on your hand.

Guinea pig care is largely related to its proper nutrition. A guinea pig's main diet should be quality hay and/or pellets, which it will have in its cage. Hay helps digestion and brushing of teeth. Herbs are second only to hay, followed by fruits and vegetables (more on nutrition in another article). It is necessary to have water in the cage with a special ball bottle. You should change the water every day. Clean the cage every other day. Guinea pigs eat often and in small portions, so don't feed too much at once. After finishing the meal, clean the cage of food residues, as the remaining food can cause poisoning of the piglet. Give well-washed herbs, grass, fruits or vegetables as food. you should consider

No grain for guinea pig. When buying dry food, keep in mind that it does not contain grains.

Like humans, guinea pigs cannot produce vitamin C on their own, so they must obtain it from fruits or medications. The daily dose of vitamin C required for them is about 25-30 mg for an adult piglet. Medicines and dosages must be clarified with the veterinarian. You can give fruits rich in this vitamin: orange, kiwi, tangerine, grapefruit.

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Guinea Pig does not Tolerate Temperature

Guinea pig does not tolerate temperature changes badly, you should avoid both cold and heat. A temperature of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius is ideal for it.

Like other rodents and cats, guinea pigs tend to clean their heads. Washing it is not recommended and is associated with great stress. If you still have to swim, you need to do it with caution. Use only shampoo intended for rodents, do not wet the head and ears, do not allow the shower, because the sound of the water jet will frighten and stress it even more. After bathing, dry well and keep warm. There is also a special wet wipe and dry shampoo and it would be best if you use them to clean.

Long-haired guinea pigs need to be brushed 1-2 times a day, while short-haired guinea pigs need to be brushed 1-2 times a week. Cut your nails at least once a month. Do not cut at the base, the tip of the nail should be cut. They have nerve endings at the base, which are more pink in color and should not be touched.

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