Guinea pigs are inquisitive, vocal, cheerful and sensitive animals. Pet stores often sell them as easy first pets for children with tiny cages and inadequate information on how to care for them properly. Untold numbers of guinea pigs suffer and eventually die prematurely due to owner ignorance and pet store greed.

Guinea pigs require large, frequently cleaned enclosures (kept indoors), high quality feed pellets, timothy hay and fresh vegetables, fruits and greens every day. They are social animals who thrive in the company of other guinea pigs. Males should be neutered to avoid breeding with females and to reduce aggression. Guinea pigs, like cats and dogs, require regular veterinary check ups. With proper care, their life span is 6-8 years.

Guinea Pig Housing Guidelines

Guinea Pig Feeding Guidelines

Links to some other excellent guinea pig care web sites:


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