March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea pig month! If you’re looking for a pet that is small in size but big in personality, a Guinea pig may be perfect for you! These little guys, also known as cavies, make great pets! A Pasadena, MD vet offers tips on adopting a rescued Guinea pig in this article.
Your tiny pal will likely spend the majority of his or her time in a cage, so choosing a good one is very important. We suggest getting one that is at least 7 square feet for one Guinea pig, though you’ll need a bigger cage if you have more than one cavy. Choose one with a solid floor, as wire floors can be dangerous.
If you’ve never had a cavy before, ask your vet for advice on keeping your furry little friend happy and healthy. You’ll want to get tips on your cavy’s nutritional needs, including safe and unsafe foods, portion sizes, and suitable treats. You’ll also want to find out about proper cage setup, including substrate and accessories. Last but not least, ask about recommended veterinary care and signs of sickness to watch out for.
Cavies have open-rooted teeth, which means that your pet’s choppers will never stop growing. Offer your adorable buddy lots of suitable chew toys. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are fine. Just avoid anything with sharp edges, small parts, or dangling threads. Items covered in decorative coatings, like varnish, stain, or dye, are also unsafe.
Guinea pigs are quite sociable little furballs, and are much happier with buddies to play with. In fact, a single cavy will often get lonely and depressed. Therefore, we recommend getting more than one. Just be sure to only keep same-sex furballs together, as otherwise they’ll breed.
Cavies are quite friendly, and can form very strong bonds with their owners. In fact, many of them like to sleep on their humans’ laps! However, your pint-sized pal will need time to settle in and adjust to his new surroundings. Don’t try to pick him up or hold him right away. Build his trust first, by offering some treats and talking to him gently.
Do you have questions about Guinea pig care? Contact us, your Pasadena, MD vet clinic, today!