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

September 16, 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.

Getting Your Supplies Ready

Before you buy a new pet guinea pig, make sure that you understand just what care its going to need. The great news is that these make relatively inexpensive pets, but youll still be making a long term commitment (most guinea pigs live between 5 and 7 years). The basics youll need include food, a water bottle, a chew toy, a spacious cage (see below), bedding and a covered sleeping area.

Your Pet Guinea Pig is Part of the Family!

Just like people, guinea pigs need their own space to move around, to eat their food and to rest. The general guideline is to give your pet at least 2 square feet of space. Since guinea pigs love company, it’s generally a good idea to get a bigger cage if possible. This gives them the necessary space to roam, as well as to feel at home. Not to mention the fact that they won’t try to escape if you keep them happy!

As well as the space to move around, make sure they have room to hide. If you have more than one guinea pig, they each need to have their own covered space to sleep and to take cover.

Learning to Interact With Your New Pet

One thing youll quickly learn about guinea pigs is that they scare easily. Hovering around their cage staring at them can cause them to panic ” so give them time to adjust to their new home and environment, and kneel down whenever you want to look at them.

In order to strengthen the bond with your new pet, always be gentle when it comes to stroking them. Once they get used to you it’s ok to pick them up and hold them. Just make sure to remember how delicate they can be, and always support their whole bodies.

Your pet guinea pig will soon be a firm part of the family. They make rewarding pets, they don’t bite and they really do love their owners. All it takes is a little time to get used to things.

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 tips blog for care guides and product reviews. You’ll be able to find lots of free tips, including how to decipher that guinea pig language, as well as a guide to buying guinea pig cages.

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