Have you been looking for a pet that is small, easy to care for, and super cute? A Guinea pig may very well fit the bill! These little guys make adorable little pets. A Downingtown, PA vet discusses Guinea pig care below.
Guinea pigs—or cavies, as they are sometimes called, are very sociable. They really should never be kept by themselves, as they get very lonely without friends. In fact, in Switzerland, it’s illegal to have just one! Plan to get two or even three. Of course, you should only keep same-sex pigs together, as otherwise they’ll breed.
Your tiny pets will spend a lot of time in their cage, so make sure it’s comfy. We recommend at least ten square feet for two cavies. If you have more than that, you’ll need a bigger cage. To maximize your pets’ living area, pick a cage with more than one story. Your furry pals will also need a hidey-hole to retreat to when they get scared. As for substrate, you can use fleece, soft towels, or paper products. Avoid anything made from hard wood, like pine and cedar. You can add a litterbox and/or hayrack as well.
These little guys are both curious and playful. Offer your pets lots of fun toys, including plenty of chew toys. This doesn’t have to cost much. In fact, many wood, paper, and cardboard items can make great chew toys. For example, the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls can be upcycled in a variety of ways. Look online for great options. Just be sure to put your pint-sized pals’ safety first. Never give your Guinea pigs anything coated in varnish, paint, glitter, or dye. Anything small and/or sharp is also unsafe, as are items with ropes or threads.
Just like any other pet, cavies need proper veterinary care. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. At home, watch for signs of illness, such as lethargy, fever, reduced appetite, or unusual behavior. Call your vet immediately if you notice anything amiss.
Guinea pigs are actually quite cuddly. Some will even snooze in their human’s lap! Pay attention to your pets, and try to spend time with them every day.
Please reach out to us, your local Downingtown, PA vet clinic, for all of your cavies’ veterinary care needs. We are here to help!