What are the basic needs of a guinea pig?

What do you put on the bottom of a guinea pig cage?

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What are the basic needs of a guinea pig?

A Guinea Pig Cage – it’s recommended that guinea pigs have a habitat or pen that is 24″ x 36″ x 24″ or larger. Guinea Pig. Timothy/Orchard Grass/Botanical/Oat Hay. Hay Feeder. Fortified Guinea Pig Pelleted Diets with Vitamin C. Vitamin C Supplement. Food Bowl. Water Bottle.

What do guinea pigs need every day?

About 1/8 cup of pellets once a day—supplemented by hay and fresh vegetables as described below—will be enough. Timothy hay: Provide an unlimited quantity of fresh timothy hay every day. Guinea pigs need continuous access to hay to aid their digestion and limit the growth of their teeth.

How do you take care of a guinea pig for beginners?

You should avoid direct sunlight, as well as cold damp areas. They are nocturnal, so they need quiet periods of light to rest. Guinea pigs do best in dry, cool environments with adequate ventilation. Guinea pigs are SOCIAL animals, so more than one can safely be housed together, including males with females.

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Should I cover my guinea pig’s cage at night?

How Much of the Cage Should you Cover at Night? Covering the whole cage at night can create problems and affect your guinea pigs breathing. That means that you should only cover part of their cage at night. This ensures that the cage remains properly ventilated while still letting in some light.

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What is poisonous to guinea pigs?

Make sure you do not feed your guinea pigs the following foods (this is not an exhaustive list): cereals; grains; nuts; seeds; dried beans, corn, and peas; buttercups; garden shrubs (such as hemlock or privet); lilies of any kind; sweet peas; nightshade; oak; avocado; onion grass; onions; potato tops; mushrooms; …

How often should guinea pigs eat?

Other than the hay, it’s a good idea to feed your cavy two times a day. Both in the morning and in the evening, to help prevent overeating and, consequently, obesity. Always remove any uneaten pellets about 1 hour after your cavy has eaten and any fruit or vegetables after 24 hours.

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Can guinea pigs eat banana?

Overall, bananas can be a great treat every once in a while for healthy guinea pigs. They are great health benefits like potassium and vitamin C, both are vital for your pig’s health. Bananas can also be harmful to your guinea pig if they are not properly portioned due to their high levels of sugar and fiber.

How often should I hold my guinea pig?

Most guinea pigs love spending quality time with their owners, so handling them is enjoyable for all concerned. Once your guinea pig gets to know you, being hand-fed and petted become important parts of their lives. This means it’s actually up to you how much you hold them – you can do so as often as you like.

Can you just have 1 guinea pig?

To summarise, a guinea pig can live alone, but ideally shouldn’t. This is because they are social animals that want and need the companionship of other guinea pigs. A piggy on its own requires a lot of care and interaction, which is why experts recommend keeping at least two guinea pigs together.

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What does it mean when a guinea pig squeaks softly?

Squeal: Some guinea pigs will squeal when they are experiencing potential pain or they need attention. It can sometimes be that another guinea pig is stealing his favorite spot to eat. Pay attention to your guinea pig if you hear a squeal because it could indicate that they need help from something hurting them.

What time do guinea pigs sleep?

Guinea pigs don’t have a specific time where they sleep, but will usually sleep on average about 6 hours a day. While I was filming our most recent vlog, you may notice certain sleeping habits of my own guinea pigs. My guinea pigs tend to sleep when I sleep.

How do I know my guinea pig is happy?

A happy guinea pig A good appetite and enthusiasm for food. Plenty of activity (not at all lethargic) “Popcorning” (when a guinea pig leaps into the air with happiness) Lots of communication in the form of their various vocalizations, including “wheeking” and other squeaks, whistles, and purring sounds.

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Do guinea pigs know their names?

Yes! Guinea pigs can certainly recognize and respond to their name with the help of some training, along with consistency, patience, and time. Guinea pigs can learn words through classical conditioning. As such, they can be trained to recognize individual words, meaning they can also learn their name.

What guinea pigs Cannot eat?

Chocolate (or anything else containing caffeine). Onions. Garlic. Mushrooms. Iceberg lettuce. Avocados. Nuts. Potatoes.

What fruit can guinea pigs not eat?

Some seeds have a high-fat content, which isn’t great, and others are loaded with poison. Cyanide is present in many fruit seeds and pips, such as apples and cherries. Even if the treat that you are considering isn’t toxic for a guinea pig, you should think about whether it will be good for them in the long run.

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Can guinea pigs eat cucumber?

Cucumber: Guinea Pigs can eat both the flesh, seeds (not too much) and the skin. Green beans:These contain vitamin C, and can be fed in a raw state. However, be cautious as they also contain calcium and phosphorus.

Why can’t guinea pigs have iceberg lettuce?

High Calcium Another problem with feeding your guinea pig iceberg lettuce is that it contains a large amount of calcium which can be harmful to your pet. Too much calcium in your pet’s diet can result in bladder stones and kidney stones. Most experts prefer to provide foods with less calcium to keep their pets healthy.

Do guinea pigs need vegetables every day?

Guinea pigs’ need fresh greens and vegetables every day to help them get enough vitamin C (they can’t produce it themselves). Our vets’ advise one teacup of greens and veg, per guinea pig, per day, which can be split into morning and evening feeds.

Do guinea pigs like to get wet?

It’s best to bathe your guinea pigs on a day when it’s not too wet outside, so that they can dry quickly afterwards. Guinea pigs don’t enjoy being wet, and in cold climates bathing guinea pigs and not drying them off properly can give them chills, and make them feel very miserable at the very least.

Can Guineas have strawberries?

Guinea pigs can eat a small portion of strawberries once or twice a week. Strawberries are a delicious ground fruit containing a high water content, a lot of Vitamin C, and plenty of antioxidants. Guinea pigs need to get Vitamin C through their diet since their bodies aren’t capable of making it.

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Written by: Sweeny Jane
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proud mom of Baby, and i am an animal lover as I have at home a cat, a dog, a fish tank, birds… This diversity makes me special because I provide many answers to your questions that increase your knowledge about your pets friends. I have 7 years of experience working with pets. i hope you enjoy our tips.

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