Guinea Pigs for sale
People are attracted to Guinea Pigs for sale because of their quiet sweet dispositions, their small size, and because they very rarely bite!
Guinea pigs can vary in size anywhere from the size of a large rat to that of a small dog, with an average weight of approximately 2 pounds. If well taken care of they can live from 8 to 10 years.
There are thirteen different recognized breeds of guinea pigs, as well as several types that have not yet become recognized. The recognized types of guinea pigs are acknowledged by the American Cavy Breeders Association, with the American, Peruvian, and Abyssinian being the most generally available and well-known. There are also different color variations in guinea pigs, with nineteen that are acceptable for showing.
Housing a Guinea Pigs for sale
4 guinea pigs around a metal feeding bowl eating carrots
Guinea pigs require a hutch to live in that is safe from predators such as dogs and cats. It needs an area that protects them from the weather and provides enough space for exercise. A suitable hutch design is waterproof. It includes a dark area for the guinea pigs to rest and hide, which has a bedding of:
The other section of the hutch should be light and large enough for a separate exercise and toileting area. The hutch must be well ventilated. It is best to have a hutch made out of wood as metal hutches heat up quicker.
It is important to clean the hutch at least every second day. Remove soiled bedding and make sure guinea pigs have a dry area to sleep in. If guinea pigs do not have clean bedding they can suffer from:
pest infestation such as fleas and mites.
Guinea pigs are very sensitive to temperature change. They must have a warm place to snuggle in the winter that will not be affected by frost, rain or cold winds.
Care and feeding of Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs are herbivores and thus need fruits, vegetables, and grains in their diet. Carbohydrates and fibres are the basis of their diet. They have a high Vitamin C and folic acid requirement and unlike most mammals, they cannot manufacture their own vitamin C. It must be provided in their diet. A good staple food is guinea pig pellets, found in pet stores, and provides all these essential nutrients. Rabbit pellets will not work as they are not equivalent in nutritive value.
Even with the guinea pig pellet though, much of the necessary vitamin C is lost in a short amount of time. You should supplement their pellets with a vitamin C supplement either by offering a small piece of a chewable tablet or a small amount of liquid drops; alternatively a handful of kale, cabbage or other dark leafy greens high in ascorbic acid.
Other additions to the guinea pig’s diet should be made carefully.
The balance of their diet includes the addition of fresh greens, timothy / grass hay, and small amounts of fruit. Some of these supplements can include such things as Romaine lettuce (no iceberg), carrots, apples, tomatoes, cilantro, parsley, endive, kale, cucumber, strawberries, and grapes. An excellent food for them is bell pepper (especially red bell pepper), because it is high in Vitamin C.
Always remove any non-eaten greens at the end of the day. Food should be put in heavy china or pottery dishes (making it harder for them to spill the contents) and should be thoroughly washed with hot water at least twice a week.
Maintaining Guinea Pigs
Clean the food bowls everyday and the water bottles twice a week. Change the bedding at least weekly. Wash the pan weekly and wash the entire cage thoroughly with hot water and a safe cleaner monthly, or more often if needed. It is important to use ecologically safe cleaners, such as vinegar or lemon based agents. Avoid cleaners with chemical agents as they can cause skin irritations