Have you recently adopted a Guinea pig? These adorable furballs make super cute little pets. While Guinea pigs, or cavies, as they are also called, aren’t hard to care for. However, a few small touches will go a long way towards keeping your tiny buddy happy. A local Bend, OR vet offers some tips on how to pamper a Guinea pig in this article.
Guinea pigs are very sociable, and really don’t do well by themselves. One of the best ways to keep your pet happy is to make sure you get more than one. You may be able to find a bonded pair. Just be sure to only keep same-sex cavies together. Otherwise, they’ll breed.
Since your furry friend will spend the majority of his time in his cage, it’s important to make sure that he’s comfortable in it. If you only have one cavy, you should offer your pet at least seven square feet of space. However, since it’s best to have more than one, we recommend getting a cage that is at least ten square feet. Look for one with more than one story.
Chew toys really should be considered a necessity for these little furballs. Like many other ‘pocket pets,’ Guinea pigs have open-rooted teeth, and must chew quite a bit to prevent painful dental issues. Many cardboard, wicker, and wood items are fine. For example, you can turn the tubes from toilet paper rolls into toys for your pet.
Cozies are basically tiny tents or sleeping bags for Guinea pigs. You can also get your furry pal a comfy bed. You can find some really cute ones online. Or, make your own!
Like any other pet, Guinea pigs love treats. You do need to be careful about what you give your cavy: many popular foods are toxic to them. Some good options are carrots, cucumbers, and peppers. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Our four-legged friends are always happiest when they feel loved. Spend time with your cavy every day. Talk to your pint-sized pal, play with him, and offer toys and treats. Unlike many smaller pets, Guinea pigs often enjoy cuddling up with their humans. Your little buddy may even doze off on your lap!
Please reach out to us, your Bend, OR vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!