Guinea Pigs

Grace C., Opinion: Animals

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Guinea Pigs, or cavies, can be one of the most endearing and loving pets. They originate from South America, living in
rocky areas, grasslands, and forest edges. They live in groups of about 10 adults and house in burrows dug either by
themselves or another animal. They are nocturnal (which means they are most active at night) and spend most of the
nighttime hours searching and eating plants.
The longest lifespan of a guinea pig is nine years, but the average is closer to five or seven years, which will make it
very important for you need to decide carefully whether to bring one home or not. Your guinea pig will depend on food,
water, medical care, and companionship from you, so it’ll be critical that you work hard to research and know your stuff
for keeping your furry friend happy and healthy.
Housing is important. A single guinea pig needs about 7.5 square feet of cage (but more is always better). If you want
more guinea pigs, then add roughly 7.5 feet for each cage to hopefully minimize fights breaking out. I believe the best
cages for guinea pigs are the C&C cages. You can add and add and add plenty of space and accessories with the C&C

The diet of guinea pigs is totally vegan, so expect your guinea pig (cavy) to gobble down hay, lettuce, veggies, and
guinea pig food pellets. They especially need hay because it has vitamins and nutrients that other food sources don’t
contain. Timothy Hay is best for cavies. They should also have a water bottle to drink from because drinking from a
bowl can be difficult for some guinea pigs. They can have a hard time drinking and not inhaling water into their lungs at
the same time, so stick with water bottles! Using glass water bottles is also better because you can see if the bottle needs
a refill, or if food residue is building up, etc.
Guinea Pigs try their best to keep clean, fastidiously grooming themselves with their front teeth, tongue, and back claws.
But guinea pigs, particularly the long-haired breeds, require frequent brushing and combing to stay clean and tangle free.
What if you want a second guinea pig but don’t know if your first cavy will be accepting of a new pet? Of course you
can get a second! Your first guinea pig will want a companion (not excluding you) especially if you are gone most of the
day. You can get multiple guinea pigs too, but know the correct amount of space necessary to house them in a healthy
environment. Also know that it’s best to get the same gender of cavy, but you can get mixed genders as long as you spay
and neuter them, or chaos will erupt and you will have little pigs running around everywhere! Remember that when you
want multiple pet cavies!!!

Finally, the most important rule above all is GIVE YOUR GUINEA PIG LOVE! They need it! You don’t want a
stressed and short-lived animal. Take care of your critter and they will snuggle up with you on the couch and be your
companion for as long as they live. Believe it. All pets deserve the best you can give them.

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Guinea Pigs