Adopting a Guinea Pig

Are you considering adopting a Guinea pig? If so, you’re choosing a super cute pet! Guinea pigs, often known as cavies, make adorable animal companions, and can be a great first pet for a responsible child. These tiny furballs do have some specific care requirements, however, so you’ll want to do a bit of research before adopting one. Read on for some basic Guinea pig care tips from a local Santa Rosa, CA veterinarian.

Habitat

A comfy habitat is very important to your Guinea pig’s health and well-being. Your little buddy will need plenty of room to run and play. We recommend that you choose a cage that is at least 7.5 square feet for one cavy. Once you have your furball’s home picked out, you’ll need to add a safe, suitable substrate, such as aspen. Avoid pine and cedar substrates, as they can be toxic to Guinea pigs. Your tiny pal will need a cozy hidey-hole; food dishes; and a water bottle. You may also want to include a litterbox and hayrack.

Toys!

Cavies are super curious and very playful, so you’ll need to give your furry friend plenty of fun toys to keep him entertained. Guinea pigs do need to chew, so offer your little furball lots of fun playthings he can nibble on. Wood, paper, and cardboard items can all make great Guinea pig toys. Just be sure to choose only non-toxic items that have not been stained, dyed, or varnished, and that don’t have small parts or sharp edges that could hurt your pet.

Food

Hay is very beneficial to cavies, so we recommend giving your little buddy plenty of quality grass hay, such as Timothy hay. Your pint-sized pet can have a commercial food for his main meals. You’ll want to supplement these things with plenty of fresh produce, such as red and green bell peppers, Romaine lettuce, and carrots. Cavies need lots of Vitamin C, so be sure to include lots of this crucial nutrient in your Guinea pig’s diet. That cute furry tummy can be very sensitive, so always research new foods before giving them to your tiny furball. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including portion sizes.

Do you have any questions about caring for a Guinea pig? We are here to help! Please feel free to contact us, your local Santa Rosa, CA vet clinic, anytime.