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Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig

March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month! If you are looking for a small pet with a big personality, please consider adopting a Guinea pig. These tiny furballs, also known as cavies, can make truly delightful pets. Read on for some basic care tips from a local Hendersonville, NC vet.

Basics

Guinea pigs are basically tiny, furry bundles of cute. These little guys are typically playful, friendly, and gentle. They make some very charming noises, and can even learn some simple tricks! Cavies are quite sociable, and often do best with a buddy or two to play with. They usually live between 4 and 8 years. Before adopting one, be sure that you can commit to keeping your pet for that whole time.

Cage

A comfy cage setup is crucial to your adorable pet’s happiness and well-being. One furball will need at least 7.5 square feet of space. If you have more than one, you’ll need a bigger cage. Choose a cage with a solid bottom. Your little buddy will also need a water bottle, a hidey-hole, and food dishes. Suitable substrate is also a must. Avoid anything made from pine or cedar, as these things are toxic to small animals. You may also want to add a litterbox and/or a hayrack. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Toys

Guinea pigs need to chew a lot, so offer your four-legged pal lots of safe, suitable chew toys. Many wood, wicker and cardboard items are fine. Just make sure to choose items that are not covered in harmful substances, like paint or glitter, and do not have small parts or sharp pieces. (Tip: the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls make great chew toys.)

Diet

Did you know that grass hay is great for cavies? Provide your tiny furball with plenty of fresh hay, such as Timothy hay. Your little pal can have a commercial cavy food for their main meals. You’ll also need to offer your Guinea pig some fresh produce. Include plenty of items that contain Vitamin C. Not all foods are safe for these pint-sized pets, so be sure to do your research. Ask your vet for more information, including portion sizes, snacks, and safe and unsafe foods.

Do you have questions about caring for a Guinea pig? We are here to help! Contact us, your local Hendersonville, NC animal clinic, anytime!

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