If you care for a guinea pig then you will already know that the furry little bundles make good first pets. Taking care of a guinea pig involves far more than one would think. Guinea pigs love clean homes, fresh food and plenty of love, care and attention. Guinea pigs can live to a good age ( between 5-7 years ) so owning a guinea pig is a commitment and one that should not be undertaken lightly.
Homemade food is good for us all. Guinea pigs enjoy a varied diet. If you care for a guinea pig ensure that the menu is enticing and offers variety. Guinea pigs enjoy eating Western Timothy hay. Pre-packed Western Timothy hay is widely available and comes highly recommended. Western Timothy hay is low in calcium and protein yet high in fibre. If your guinea pig regularly enjoys some Western Timothy hay then that will help to take care of his overall health.
Your guinea pig is also going to need a good mixture of grain and cereal. Wheat and oat bran is packed with nutrients. The busy little herbivores also enjoy a helping of barley grain. These grains offer an excellent source of fiber but they do lack calcium. A good calcium intake is essential so it is wise to purchase some Alfalfa hay. Take care not to overdo it on the Alfalfa hay though, the guinea pig does not need a vast calcium intake. Alfalfa hay is really good for pregnant or baby guinea pigs. Baby guinea pigs will always need extra care and attention.
Take care not to give your guinea pig too many nuts and seeds. It is all too easy to think that we are offering the guinea pig treats but too many nuts and seeds can have an adverse affect on the guinea pigs health. Sunflower seeds have a hard outer shell that can cause the guinea pig to choke and nuts are full of fats that can cause them to gain too much weight.
Pet care is far more involved that you think. Caring for one small guinea pig takes a lot of time. Allot yourself time to care for your pet properly. Your guinea pig is going to enjoy some `finger food`. The finger food comes in the form of fresh greens, fruit and vegetables. Again care is needed to get the balance right. Too many greens and your guinea pig could end up with an unwelcome bout of diarrhea. Offer small amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables so that you can get the balance right or you may end up taking care of a poorly guinea pig. Core an apple and offer your guinea pig a nice thick juicy slice. There is every chance that he will love the crunchy juicy fresh food. Try placing a small chunk of cucumber through the bars of the cage. Now and again a segment of fresh orange will be welcomed too. There is much information on how to care for your guinea pig. Free information is available on-line and in the local libraries.