Secrets To Raising A Happy And Healthy Guinea Pigby Loretta Bush
In the Andes and all over South America, guinea pigs are still a large part of the cultural experience. They were domesticated thousands of years ago, but not for pets—they've been incorporated into a
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Guinea pigs once roamed the wild, crawling and running through trees and brush, scurrying from predators and munching on delicious grass and greens.
In the Andes and all over South America, guinea pigs are still a large part of the cultural experience. They were domesticated thousands of years ago, but not for pets—they've been incorporated into a great deal of folk medicine.
Guinea pigs are extremely social creatures that love the company of others. They can get lonely when they’re by themselves, and their health can suffer as a result of this loneliness. When choosing guinea pigs make sure that they're plump and firm and that they're alert. Guinea pigs will naturally shy away from strangers, so don't let this dissuade you. Most importantly, choose guinea pigs that you like. These little guys do have distinctive personalities, so it’s important to pay attention to this aspect when selecting your pet.
Because guinea pigs are animals of prey in the wild, they like to hide out of sight when they’re scared or tired. Therefore, your guinea pig must have somewhere to hide in its cage. The more hiding places your guinea pig has, the better. A PVC pipe works well as a hiding place, as well as a toy for exploring and playing. An overturned container with a hole in it for climbing in and out works as well. Your pet store should carry a variety of these small animal “houses.”
Guinea pigs are herbivores, not carnivores. This means that they can't process any meats or meat products. Feed your guinea pig fresh greens like spinach, loose-leaf lettuce, kale, and even parsley. Guinea pigs have a wide variety of plants they enjoy eating, including dandelions and even kiwis.
Guinea pigs can live anywhere between 5-10 years, depending on the breed and the level of care they receive. The size of the cage and the amount of exercise they get can have a strong impact on their life span.
Guinea pig aging is very similar to that of humans. They exercise less, eat less, drink less, sleep more, move slower, and get less excited than they used to about simple things. They can also experience a number of issues that are simply related with old age, including arthritis. This is all common for a guinea pig leading a long, happy life. As your guinea pig ages, remember to avoid stressing it as much as possible. Give your guinea pig plenty of goodies and enough cuddles that it will be content. This will encourage it to fight a little longer to stay in your arms.
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