March is devoted to giving guinea pigs in need a loving home! Guinea pigs are known for their talkative ways – they whistle, squeak, chirp and “mutter” to themselves at times. They quickly learn who feeds and plays with them and will give “their person” a wonderful greeting. Guinea pigs are unlikely to bite and are known to be very tolerant animals.
Guinea pigs don’t require much but they do need a safe cage that is easy to clean and comfortable for their feet. While dry guinea pig food can comprise part of your guinea pig’s diet, he will need fresh vegetables and fruits as well as hay. You can certainly share from your own stash of fresh foods! Vitamin C is a dietary requirement for guinea pigs, just like people. The best source for your guinea pig is fresh fruit and vegetables.
Guinea pig care is not complicated. While most guinea pigs will not need the regular grooming of a longhair cat or dog, they do go through sheds and enjoy a thorough grooming. Your guinea pig’s cage should be spacious and kept in a climate controlled area. A rabbit cage makes a spacious guinea pig house. Look for a cage with a solid floor as wire flooring can lead to foot injuries.
Guinea pigs do not handle really hot weather well and can develop heatstroke. Cages should be cleaned regularly and bedding kept dry. Good ventilation is important. Avoid cedar shavings, which can cause liver problems with long-term usage.
If you’ve decided to add a cute little addition to your family, there are many rescues devoted to guinea pigs that can help match you with the right pet. If you aren’t ready for quite that much commitment, you can offer to be a foster home for a guinea pig in need.