Guinea Pigs as Pets

Guinea Pigs are a wonderful family pet. They are herd animals so keeping them in pairs is helpful to keep them from becoming depressed. They require daily socialization so keep your guinea pigs in an area where they can interact with you. Feeding your guinea pig is a fun experience as they squeak when a bag is rustled at feeding time. Your guinea pig needs to be fed hay at 6 months of age or older. Timothy hay needs to be free fed meaning that it is left in the cage at all times. Just remember to flatten it down to not cause injury to your pet. Lack of hay can lead to malocclusion, a misalignment of the teeth that may require surgical correction, and GI Stasis, shutting down of the digestive tract often leading to death. Also Guinea Pig servings should include plenty of vegetables high in vitamin C. Guinea pigs are unable to produce their own vitamin C, and too little of the vitamin can lead to illnesses. Veggies that are good for guinea pigs include celery, carrots, off-the-vine tomatoes, cucumber, corn, kale, a bit of raw broccoli, small amounts of spinach and pod-peas. Be sure to limit servings of some vegetables to avoid serious harm to the guinea pigs’ digestive tracts. Some fruits are ok for guinea pig treats such as strawberries and apple pieces but these can only be given occasionally as some of the acids can be harmful to guinea pigs. Keep their diets well balanced and you will enjoy your guinea pig for years to come!