Pet Profile: Guinea Pig

Posted: May 19, 2012 in Pet Profiles
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Today we are featuring our first Pet Profile, and we thought we’d start with the small but lovable guinea pig. Guinea pigs make wonderful small pets. They have a longer lifespan than most other small rodents, typically living between five to seven years. There are multiple breeds of guinea pigs to choose from, but the most common are the Smooth-Coated, Abyssinian and the Peruvian.

Guinea pigs are often thought to be extremely skittish, but it all really depends on how they’re raised. If handled properly from a young age guinea pigs will grow accustomed to being picked up and played with. I’ve owned my 2 and a half year old guinea pig since she was a baby and she loves coming out of her cage to explore and get attention. She is completely fearless, and will walk right up to our cats and dogs to check them out with out so much as a second thought.

Guinea pigs can be extremely vocal, often squeaking loudly for treats or attention. They will wheek, purr, rumble, and squeal to let you know exactly how they’re feeling or what they want. Certain sounds such as a door opening upon your arrival home, a treat bag opening, and even just the sound of their owner’s voice can have your guinea pig squealing with excitement in an instant.

When it comes to taking care of your piggy, diet is very important. Just like us humans, guinea pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C. This makes it very important that you select a food for them that provides them with this necessary vitamin. If your guinea pig does not get enough vitamin C it can develop scurvy, which can be fatal. Fresh fruits and veggies can also help assure your little critter gets the necessary vitamins, plus they’ll love the extra treat. Feeding your guinea pig timothy hay is also good for them.

Like any other pet, guinea pig owners know they have certain duties they must follow through to assure their guinea pig stays happy and healthy. Making sure your little friend has a clean cage, fresh food and water, as well as play time is very important. Taking the extra time to make sure your guinea pig’s needs are met will also help make the two of you closer. Guinea pigs are social creatures and will benefit greatly from the love you give them. They will surely return the favor with all the joy these adorable little companions will bring you.

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