A Guide to Bringing Your New Pet Guinea Pig Home and Making It Part of the Family!

September 8, 2009

in Cat Health

When it comes to choosing your pet it’s important to weigh up how much responsibility you want to take on vs how rewarding that pet will be. The good news is that a pet guinea pig can give you the best of both worlds – they’re extremely friendly, need a reasonable degree of space, but don’t come with the huge responsibility of say a dog or a cat. This article is a brief guide to what you can expect when you bring your new pet home.

Everything You Will Need to Get Ready

Before buying your new pet guinea pig it’s important to learn a little about what you’ll need to take care of them. Though the expense won’t be too high, you are taking on a degree of responsibility – and remember that guinea pigs will usually live between 5 and 7 years. In general you’ll need to get food and water ready, a home for them, a toy, a nice place to sleep and bedding.

Your Pet Guinea Pig is Part of the Family!

Just like you, they need space to eat, sleep and to move around. Its recommended that you give each guinea pig at least 2 square feet to run around in ” though youll probably need more since guinea pigs are best off in groups of two or more ” and the bigger cage you can get for them the better! They need the space to roam and enjoy their lives, and if you give them a comfortable home you can be sure they wont try to escape very often!

As well as the space to roam, try to give your new pet space to sleep and hide. A covered sleeping area is essential to make your guinea pig feel as comfortable as possible.

Getting Used to Your New Pet

It’s a well-known fact that guinea pigs are easily scared. This just means you need to give them time to get used to you. In order to show them that you aren’t a predator, make sure you never lean over their cage to watch them. Instead, kneel down to show them you’re friendly.

To build a bond with your new pet, gently start to pet them. It might take a little while, but when they do get used to you they are extremely friendly animals. Eventually you’ll be able to pick them up and cuddle them, but just make sure to support their whole bodies and hold them gently – they’re very small and delicate creatures.

Guinea pigs won’t bite, which makes them great creatures to get close to. Just remember that it can take time, but once you have that bond it will never be broken!

Terri has had pet guinea pigs for years, and enjoys taking care of them. Learn how to look after your new pet guinea pig by visiting her guinea pig blog for more tips, reviews, and care information. There, you can lots of free information, including what your furry friend is letting you know when he or she makes all those adorable guinea pig sounds, and a guide to guinea pig cages.

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