Guinea pigs

Guinea pigs are cosy rodents that can be well tamed and barely bite. Their care is relatively simple, but make sure you give them the proper food and sufficient gnawing material. Guinea pigs need the company of other guinea pigs. Therefore, never keep them on their own. Give your guinea pigs sufficient space. Movement is important for their health.

Guinea pigs are rodents that are often kept as pets. Guinea pigs have an elongated, somewhat plump body with short legs and small ears and no tail. They easily reproduce. An adult guinea pig can grow up to thirty centimetres long and weighs approx. 1 kg. A female guinea pig often weighs a bit less than the male.

Guinea pigs are herbivores and have real rodent teeth with growing teeth and molars. One should pay special attention to vitamin C in their diet. The average life expectancy of a guinea pig is between 4 and 8 years. With highly bred guinea pigs the average is slightly higher.

 

Housing:

Guinea pigs are social animals, so they can best be placed together.

A suitable cage for two guinea pigs has the following dimensions: 120 x 50 cm and a height of approx. 50 cm. Guinea pigs cannot climb or jump high.

Additional requirements: hay rack, drinking bottle, feeding bowl, gnawing material, dust-free ground cover, anti-parasite/anti-scab, sleeping house and toys.

 

Ground cover for the cage:

The health of your guinea pig starts with the ground cover. The ground cover should primarily absorb the urine, be dust-free, soft and comfortable. We do not recommend hard ground cover due to eye and skin irritation. Moreover, with loose ground cover guinea pigs can create and maintain their own living environment. A good ground cover can also help against boredom.
 

Joris recommends the following ground covers (in recommended order):

 

Food:

Hay:

Hay is an important part of a guinea pig’s diet. Whether a guinea pig is sick or healthy, everything depends on sufficient high-quality food in its cage. Please note! Hay must always be present inside the cage.

Guinea pig dry food

A guinea pig cannot produce Vitamin C by itself and therefore requires high-quality dry food. Grain pellets are best. Please note! A guinea pig should always have sufficient food in its cage. 20 grams of dry food per guinea pig per day is sufficient, no more.

A good ration:
  • High quality hay
  • Herbs and flowers
  • Leaf vegetables
  • Guinea pig food with vitamin C
  • Clean drinking water all day

Early in life, guinea pigs develop a preference for certain foods and will sometimes refuse food they are unfamiliar with. It is therefore recommended to familiarise them with different types of food at a young age.

 

Joris' checklist for your guinea pig:

Spacious guinea pig cage
Hay + rack
Guinea pig food + vitamin C
Herbs, vegetables and flowers
Drinking bottle
Feeding bowl
Gnawing material (branches etc)
Dust-free and healthy ground cover
Transport box
Brush and comb
Nail clipper
Toys

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