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Guinea Pig Do's & Don'ts

  • 1. Do research about proper guinea pig cages before purchasing a cage at the pet store. You can find spacious and much more affordable cages here:
  • 2. Do Not house guinea pigs or any small animals on wire bottom cages. Their toes can get caught and their nails or actual toes can break. In severe cases their toes can actually come off
  • 3. Do feed your guinea pig a healthy diet of pellets, quality hay and veggies. You can find healthy diet suggestions on this wonderful website:
  • 4. Do Not feed you guinea pigs food that contain bread, corn, seeds, nuts, dairy or dye. Also pellets that contain colored bits in the bag are not healthy for them
  • 5. Do give your guinea pig lots of floor time for exercise and cuddle time
  • 6. Do Not put your guinea pig in an exercise ball or wheel. Their spines are not as flexible as a chinchilla or hamster. Using these items can lead to a broken spine and paralysis.
  • 7. Do weigh your guinea pig weekly. When guinea pigs are ill, their weight will be one of the first things to decline.
  • 8. Do Not wait to contact your vet if you suspect your guinea pig is ill. They can go downhill very quickly. If they show signs of illness contact your cavy savvy vet right away. To better recognize signs of illness, view this website:
  • 9. Do consider adopting a pair or trio of guinea pigs. Typically guinea pigs thrive with companionship.
  • 10. Do Not adopt a male and a female guinea pig in hopes to breed them. Breeding is very dangerous for the female guinea pig and the potential babies. For more information on the dangers of breeding please read:

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