Want loveable and low-maintenance? Consider a guinea pig! These cute customers are an ideal first pet and live happily indoors.
When considering bringing a guinea pig into your home, cage size comes down to one rule: the bigger the better! These little guys love to run and need space to stretch their tiny legs. A cage of 76 x 91cm, kept away from doors and windows is ideal – no direct sunlight or brisk draughts, please!
Don’t forget to take them out of their cage once a day. Guinea pigs crave attention and will want regular chances to be involved in your family’s activities. Just be sure to keep play areas free of cords, wires and cables, and block off tight spaces such as behind the fridge where they might get trapped. For feeding, your guinea pig will need a sturdy water dropper bottle and hay rack attached to a cage wall. A heavy ceramic bowl is ideal for pellet mix and vegies such as carrot tops, celery, bok choy, milk thistle and dark leafy greens. Be sure, also, to give them plenty of toys!
Fit out their digs with PVC tunnels to race through and rocks to wear down their claws. A sock stuffed with newspaper is a great cuddle toy, while another filled with rice and microwaved for about a minute makes a heated bundle for cool nights. Choose soft and absorbent bedding. Unlike humans, guinea pigs never sleep for long periods but instead take short naps with their eyes open – strange but true