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11 August, 2008
Pictured to the left is "Siggy Papa" I really loved that little
guy!!! We had developed a real bond since I got him in August 2006
but unfortunately in July 2007 he suddenly passed away.
Bonding with your little piggie is very important, especially if you have only one guinea pig.
I believe that because guinea pigs are social animals that in nature
live in herds, you should not have just one guinea pig. Just
as with people, if you live a solitary life your overall health and
well being will be negatively affected. This applies to guinea pigs,
especially since in captivity they will be bored out of their gourd
without other pigs living with them. I think this is probably the
single most important aspect of caring for a guinea pig.
OK, so now that we got that out of the way,
once you have the proper housing, bedding, food and water
requirements down, caring for your little buddies is quite easy. The
following are tips on how to keep your guinea pig happy and healthy,
based solely on my experience.
TIPS FOR KEEPING HEALTHY AND HAPPY GUINEA PIGS
them up and play with them at least once a day.
place their housing unit in direct sunlight, too much darkness,
under or near an air conditioning or heating vent.
can place them on the floor AS LONG as they have either a house
to go into for warmth or plenty of hay to tunnel in.
Provide a lot of hay both for food and for tunneling and hiding.
Guinea pigs by nature are secretive and love to hide under or
behind almost anything. This is most natural for them and
I suspect they will be insane without hiding spots.
their nails trimmed. It is very easy to do but they do squirm a
bit and occasionally try to bite while you are holding them
down. PLEASE DO NOT CUT INTO THE QUICK OF THE NAIL! Always be
careful to not cut into the blood in the nail. You can usually
see the blood if the nail is clear. For black nails cut short
pieces off to avoid cutting into the quick. If you cut into the
quick and the blood spurts out, put pressure on it with a towel
or paper towel until it stops. Guinea pigs who repeatedly get
cut into the quick will be biters in the future!!!
Monitor their teeth to make sure they haven't grown into the
roof of their mouth. For most guinea pigs this will not happen
IF YOU PROVIDE THEM WITH CARROTS EVERY DAY TO WEAR THEIR
TEETH DOWN AS WELL AS PIECES OF SAFE TYPES OF WOOD OR OTHER
CHEWABLES FROM THE PET STORE. If you need to have their
teeth clipped, I advise a trip to an experienced vet who
specializes in their care to show you how to clip their teeth.
for signs of sneezing, respiratory distress and diarrhea. These
are all common ailments in guinea pigs and should be considered
life threatening!!! Get your little buddy to the experienced
guinea pig vet immediately!!!
Monitor how the guinea pigs are getting along. Believe it or
not, male guinea pigs who have been housed together for a long
time can suddenly begin fighting. Fighting amongst males is
common but can be deadly if infection sets in. You MUST separate
immediately any guinea pigs that fight, including females. While
females are less likely to fight it is not unheard of.
pigs by nature are grass eaters so if you live in a climate
conducive to outdoor retreats, please allow your guinea pigs the
pleasure of returning to their natural state for a little while.
NEVER put them in the sun as they can overheat within minutes
and die. NEVER leave them alone either as they can wander off
and you'll never find them again or a dog or other animal can
get them. Be sure to thoroughly check them over before returning
to their housing unit to ensure no insects accompany them.
can give your piggies a bath once in a while but always use warm
water, not hot and not too much soap. They are susceptible to
pneumonia and other respiratory diseases so be sure to dry them
thoroughly before returning to their housing unit. Guinea
pigs are natural swimmers and will enjoy a good swim in the
bathtub now and then. Be sure to stay with them the entire time
and if you see them struggling in the water take them out
best to place them in a room by themselves because the noise
from TVs and radio will bother them. Also, they are most active
from dusk to dawn, the opposite of most people. The noises and
the commotion they make during the night might keep you awake so
its best to avoid a stressful situation for both guinea pigs and
that my information on guinea pig general care was
helpful to you.
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