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Feeding Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig Education

This guide is a basic reference for guinea pig care. Always consult a veterinarian for proper medical care.

Guinea Pig Habitat

01

Cage Size

Minimum 7.5 sq. ft. for one, 10.5 sq. ft. for two. Bigger is better. C&C cages are recommended.

03

Bedding

Use paper fluff or fleece, changed weekly. Avoid wood shavings.

02

Cage Bottom

Solid, not wire.

04

Location

High-traffic areas, temperature-controlled, away from garages and fumes.

Cage Mates

01

Companionship

Guinea pigs are social and need companions. Adopt at least two.

02

Pairing

Two females, two neutered males, or two males never separated.

Water & Diet

Hay

Grass hay (timothy, orchard, bluegrass) should be available at all times.

Alfalfa hay for young or pregnant guinea pigs.

Vegetables

Fresh vegetables daily, high in vitamin C.

 

Avoid iceberg lettuce, potatoes, radishes.

Pellets

Use sparingly, and follow the package directions.

 

Oxbow’s products are recommended.

Water

Fresh, clean water daily. Use a guinea pig/rabbit bottle and clean it regularly.

 

No Additives, avoid adding vitamins to the water.

Entertainment

01

Floor Time

Daily exercise in a safe, enclosed area. Supervise outdoor play.

02

Toys

Provide toys and accessories, interact and bond daily.

Vet Holding a Guinea Pig

Health

01

Toenails

Trim every few weeks.

03

Illness

Watch for signs, consult a vet immediately.

05

Rabbits

Keep guinea pigs away from rabbits.

02

Bathing

Limited to a few times a year.

04

Males

Check and clean genital areas regularly.

Cleaning

01

Frequency

Clean the cage thoroughly once a week. Use guinea pig-friendly cleaners.

02

Bedding

Replace bedding, use newspaper underneath fleece or CareFresh.

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