How to Provide for Your Guinea Pig


Do you have a guinea pig that you need to provide for? This is important to your Guinea Pigs life, health, and friendship with you!

Steps

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    Choose a guinea pig. Remember your guinea pig will be alive for 5 - 8 years so choose wisely! Cute may be the one you want, but make sure he/she is not too rowdy and make sure they don't bite.
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    Check their health. Check their teeth make sure they are not broken. Then check all of their fur for any signs of infection. Check their eyes and nose for "crusty" eyes and nose. Finally, check the bum and make sure everything is alright there.
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    Consider purchasing them in pairs. Guinea pigs are very social animals and some people would consider it cruel to not get two guinea pigs. Remember that you don't speak guinea pig and the don't speak English. They are herd animals and like to be together. This will make them less scared making it easier to bond with you! Having two females are ideal. Two males will work out together as long as they were from the same litter. If not, they may fight for dominance.
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    Take your guinea pig home.
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    Make sure you have as big of a cage as you can! The minimum for a cage should be "30 x 36". The minimum for two guinea pigs should be "30 x 50". (Of course a bigger cage is recommended.)
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    Give your guinea pig water and hay.
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    Leave your guinea pigs alone for 1 - 3 days. ( Give them fresh hay and pellets everyday but then leave them alone again.) They need time to explore their new home the places they hide, where the food is, where they like to go to the bathroom. Not giving it time to explore will make it scared of you and those three days will make bonding with it even harder.
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    Talk as you enter the room in your regular voice after 1 - 3 days of alone time.
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    Open up the cage. Your guinea pig might run away from you, but don't worry, this is normal.
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    Hold out a fruit or veggie (The guinea pigs favorite foods) and say his/her name. If he/she doesn't come out don't be discouraged. Place the treat in there cage and wait for them to eat it on their own. When he/she comes to eat it slowly pet him/her and talk to him/her to let your guinea pig know you are a friend.
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    Start hand feeding your pig to gain his/her trust.
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    Have floor time with your guinea pig to let him/her exercise.
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    Add new perks to the cage once a week to keep your pig from getting bored.
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    Hold your guinea pig daily for at least an hour. Try watching a movie with your guinea pig or have him/her sit on your lap while you are on the computer.
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    Clean the cage weekly and change their litter box twice a week.
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    Be patient with your pig and know that it will take time for him/her to mature.

Warnings

  • Don't give your pig a hamster ball or wheel. This can damage their backs.

Sources and Citations

  • "Guinea Pig Housing : The Humane Society of the United States." RSS. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.

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