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Caring for Guinea Pigs

Dec 27, 2007
Guinea Pigs are highly sociable animals which make great pets, and are ideally suited to families with children. However, it is important to think about all the implications of buying a pet, including housing and other supplies, which can be quite expensive. In addition to that, you're going to need to dedicate yourself to caring for the animals, ensuring you take care to feed and socialize with them at all times.

The first thing to think about before buying that is the commitment required. With any pets, you're going to have to dedicate a lot of time to looking after them, and ensuring you tend to their every need, especially in the first few months. That means negotiating alternative arrangements whenever you go on vacation, and ensuring they always have food. Guinea pigs, although fairly independent, must obviously be given the essentials to survive, and so it is important you make sure you always look after them properly.

Next, you need to think about housing them, and potentially building a run. That need room to exercise, and if you don't want their health to suffer, or them to get too bored, it's important you let them out frequently to exercise. Additionally, spending time with guinea pigs is essential to ensure their effective social development. Additionally, you should ensure they are housed securely in a locked cage to avoid harm from predators, and of course, escape.

They are obviously need a source of food, and like humans, they need a healthy and balanced diet. This largely involves a variety of vegetables and grains, which should be continually used in rotation to ensure the balance for healthy. On top of that, you should also ensure yours are kept well groomed. This involves washing with a soft shampoo once a fortnight, and brushing their coat with a soft bristled brush. Also, remember you should replace bedding at least once a week to keep your guinea pigs clean and tidy.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that yours are kept healthy and happy. This should also improve their quality of living, and leave them happier in their lives, which should be reflected in the love they share for their owners. Caring them isn't easy, but by making sure you tend to their every needs, it can be a highly rewarding pastime.
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Jonathon Hardcastle writes articles on many topics including Pets , Family , and Gardening
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