Adopting a Guinea Pig

Did you know that March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig month? Across the country, animal shelters and cavy rescues are finding themselves with more and more homeless Guinea pigs. These sweet little furballs make excellent pets, but due to owner surrenders and overbreeding, every year more and more of them find themselves in need of permanent homes. Below, your Tipp City veterinarian goes over some basics on caring for a Guinea Pig.

Habitat

Guinea pigs can live happily in a cage, though your tiny furball will need some playtime outside of his habitat every day. You should plan on at least three square feet of space for one Guinea pig. If you have more than one, you’ll need a bigger cage. These little cuties are very sociable, so we do recommend getting two. To furnish your cavy’s cage, you’ll need to add substrate, food and water dishes, and at least one hidey-hole for the little one to retreat into when he wants some quiet time.

Toys

Cavies are very frisky, so your little furball will need lots of toys to keep him occupied. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune keeping your furry pal entertained. Many household items, such as paper towel rolls, can be repurposed into toys for your cavy. There are also quite a few types of toys which are made for birds or cats that are suitable for Guinea pigs. Chew toys are a must, as Guinea pigs need to chew to keep their teeth from overgrowing. Wood, cardboard, wicker, and straw toys are great for piggies to chew on!

Diet

You can give your Guinea pig a basic commercial food for his staple diet, though you’ll want to supplement it with other foods for variety. Many fruits and veggies are safe for cavies to eat. Always research something new before handing it over to your furry little buddy, to make sure it is safe for him to eat.

Play

Playing and interacting with your little furball will help him bond to you, and make things more fun and interesting for you both. You can even teach your Guinea pig some simple tricks, like coming when called or walking on a leash!

Do you have any questions about Guinea pig care? We are here to help! Please contact us, your local Tipp City veterinary clinic, for all your pet care needs.

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