Guinea pigs are small, fluffy rodents that originate from South America. Like all pets, caring for these creatures require commitment and effort. But if you are ready to commit to providing the best possible care for your guinea pigs you will be rewarded with a happy, healthy and active pet. Here are a few tips that may help you.
- Feed your guinea pigs the right kind of food
- To keep to guinea pigs healthy, their daily diet must contain green leafy vegetables such as lettuce, celery, parsley, kale, broccoli, spinach and the like. They can also be given fruits occasionally. Make sure you are giving them the right kinds of food by consulting with your veterinarian or doing more research about proper guinea pig diet. Also, don’t forget to provide clean water for your guinea pigs. The best way is through a water dispenser with a little ball in the spout.
- Let your guinea pigs play
- You can set up a pen where your guinea pigs can run and play. This can be indoors where no one will accidentally step on them or outdoors when it’s not too hot or too cold. Exercise is very important for the happiness and well being of your guinea pigs but be sure to supervise this play time as they can escape through small openings or be exposed to predators when outside. Guinea pigs are social creatures and require companionship to be happy so you should spend time to play and cuddle with them.
- Clean your guinea pigs’ cage
- You should remove any uneaten food and droppings from their cage. Any toys or accessories must be cleaned with an antibacterial spray designed for guinea pigs. Avoid using human cleaning products. There are appropriate beddings to line your guinea pigs’ cage, avoid using only newspaper, wood chips, and sawdust.
- Check the health of your guinea pigs
- Slight change in habit, appetite, and weight may be caused by an illness. Always be on the lookout for signs that your guinea pig might be sick or unhealthy. If you suspect anything wrong with your pet, visit your veterinarian to get treatment and prevent serious health problems.