Quick Facts:

  • Average Life Span: 5 – 8 years
  • Size: 20 – 30 cm, 1kg
  • Minimum cage size (for 2): 120cm x 60cm
  • Diet: 75% - Grassy Hay |  20% Vitamin C Infused Pellet |  Fresh fruit & Veg
  • Special requirements: Vitamin C, Hay, Wood Chews

 

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Personality and Behaviour

Guinea Pigs are extremely social and they love the company of their own kind. Keeping them in groups of two or more can enrich your Guinea Pigs life and bring out some of that cute Guinea Pig behaviour that you will only see between them! Males do require more floor space than females due to territorial reasons, so ensuring you have the right sized enclosure with plenty of space will definitely help to avoid any fights. As Guinea Pigs are prey animals their natural instinct is to run and hide, or stand frozen. Do not be upset if your Guinea Pigs run from you when you approach their cage. With lots of patience and slow movements your Guinea Pigs will slowly learn that you just want a cuddle or to give them a chin rub. And when its veggie time your Guinea Pigs will suddenly have all the confidence in the world!

 

Diet

Guinea Pigs have a very sensitive digestive system. So having the correct diet will help them live out their full years. Their daily diet should consist of 75% Grassy Hay, 20% of fortified pellets (I.e. the Oxbow pellet range with stabilized Vitamin C) and 5% Fruits, Vegetables and other treats. Hay is vital for your Cavy’s overall wellbeing and has lots of benefits for them! It is a good source of fibre and other nutrients and they can eat an unlimited amount without becoming overweight. It also aids with the digestion of all the other food they like to nibble on and it helps keep their teeth nice and short as Cavies teeth will continuously grow. Lucerne is different to Grassy Hay. It contains much higher levels of calcium, carbohydrates and protein. This type of hay is only suitable for young (Under 6 months), nursing and pregnant Cavies in limited amounts. Of course fresh water must be supplied at all times!

If you would like help choosing the right products for your guinea pig speak with our small pets staff.

 

What NOT to feed your Guinea Pigs:

Foods that you should not feed your Guinea Pigs include:

  • Raspberry leaves
  • Unripe fruits or veg
  • Potatoes
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Dairy products
  • Thyme
  • Bulbs of plants
  • Avocado
  • Onion
  • Rosehips or buds
  • Grain and seed mixes*
*as Cavies do not possess the enzymes needed to break them down

 

Health

There are a few things you need to be aware of when looking after your Cavies. Like humans, Guinea Pigs cannot retain their own Vitamin C. If this is not supplemented in their diet (usually in their pellets) Guinea Pigs can develop Scurvy, which is a potentially fatal disease. Two other common health problems are dental disease and obesity, and both are easily avoidable. Ensuring that you feed them the correct portions and the correct diet your Guinea Pigs teeth and tummy should stay healthy. Guinea Pigs can still become obese if their cage is too small or if there isn’t enough enrichment options for them inside their cage. A bored pig is an unhappy pig, so provide lots of chew toys and things to hide and run though!