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Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig

Did you know that March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month? Guinea pigs—or cavies, as they are also called—make very cute and fun little pets! A local Anderson, IN vet discusses these cute furballs in this article.

Cage

Your furry little friend will spend the bulk of his time in his cage, so be sure to make it nice and comfortable. We recommend a mesh cage with a solid floor, one that is at least 7.5 square feet. You’ll need to add a safe, suitable substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine and cedar based substrates, as they aren’t safe for small animals. Your cute pet will also need a hidey-hole, dishes, and a water bottle. You can include a litterbox and hayrack if you like.

Food

Just like any other pet, Guinea pigs need proper nutrition to stay healthy and happy. Your little buddy will need lots of fresh grass hay, such as Timothy hay. You can offer your pint-sized pal commercial food for his main meals. Fresh produce will round out your adorable pet’s menu. Be sure to include lots of foods that contain Vitamin C, which is crucial to cavies’ health. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations.

Toys

These little guys need to chew quite a bit, as they will develop painful dental issues if they don’t wear their teeth down. You don’t have to spend a fortune on cavy toys, however. You can upcycle many wooden, wicker, or cardboard items into Guinea pig playthings. For example, the cardboard tubes from paper towel rolls make great chew toys!

Veterinary Care

Your Guinea pig should be examined regularly by a vet, and kept current on wellness care. In between visits, watch for potential signs of illness, such as lethargy, skin problems, or diarrhea. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything unusual.

Playtime

Guinea pigs are very frisky and playful. Your furball will enjoy time out of his cage. Just keep the little guy in a specific area where there are no sharp objects, wires or cords, toxic plants, or other potential hazards. Play with your furry buddy, and let him hang out on your lap if he wants. You may even be able to show your cavy some adorable tricks!

Do you have questions about Guinea pig care? We can help! Call us, your Anderson, IN vet hospital, today!

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