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    How to Look After Guinea Pigs

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Guinea pigs are excellent pets as they are full of personality; looking after guinea pigs isn’t that hard either! They take up little space, make hardly any noise and are relatively inexpensive to own. It is important to know the basics in caring for guinea pigs so that your new pet can be happy and healthy. This article will help you learn about looking after guinea pigs.
     

    Caring for Guinea Pigs – Top Tips


    Guinea Pig Housing


    • You should keep your guinea pig in a cage with a solid base.

    • It should let in lots of sunlight and air.

    • There ought to be lots of room for their food, water and toys.

    • There needs to be some open areas where they can exercise and play.

    • You will need to keep the guinea pig cage clean. Muck out the cage at least once a week. You will need to line the hutch with newspaper and cover it in sawdust.


    Guinea Pig Food


    • Guinea pig food is easy to manage as you can feed them hamster and guinea pig feed; small and dry pellets that are high in fibre and nutrients.

    • For a treat you should supplement your guinea pig’s diet with fresh fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots; this will help them keep their teeth filed down and a good length.

    • You will need to make sure that their water stays fresh. Replace it daily and wash out the bottle weekly.

    • You can use a shallow bowl at the bottom of the cage or a water bottle attached to the side.


    Play Time


    • Make playtime healthy by adding a wheel in their cage.

    • Guinea pigs also like having a ball with a bell inside it so they can run around chasing it.

    • Wooden blocks are also good for guinea pig toys as they can chew on them which helps to keep their teeth healthy.


    Grooming


    • Guinea pigs are fairly low maintenance but you do need to take care of their hair, teeth and nails.

    • If your guinea pig has long hair you will need to brush you the tangles.

    • Make sure that you make an appointment with a groomer or a vet to have your guinea pig’s nails clipped if they get too long.

    • You will also need to make sure that your pets teeth don’t get too long. Teeth that are too long can seriously impair your guinea pig’s ability to eat and drink.


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