Guinea Pigs

What food do guinea pigs need?

Guinea pigs eat guinea pig food, hay, and limited amounts of fruits and vegetables. They need fresh water every day.

What shelter do guinea pigs need?

Guinea pigs are happiest when they have the largest cage possible. Remember to include bedding, a food dish, and a water dish. Make sure to clean the cage once a week.

How long do guinea pigs live?

Guinea pigs can live for 4 to 8 years with good care.

How do you take care of a guinea pig?

  • Keep guinea pigs in their own cage and not with other animals.
  • Guinea pigs clean themselves, so you do not need to bathe them. Cut their nails once a month and brush their fur.
  • Do NOT give your guinea pig chocolate.

Do you need to take guinea pigs to the veterinarian?

Take your guinea pig to the vet once every year to get a checkup.

Did you know?

  • Guinea pigs will “popcorn,” meaning they jump in the air when happy.
  • Guinea pigs only sleep for short periods.
  • Guinea pigs are not related to pigs at all.
  • When exploring, guinea pigs communicate with each other using “wheek-wheek” sounds, purring, or a “putt-putt” sound.

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