Pet Spotlight: Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are one of the happiest and most gentle pets that you can add to your family. They’re perfect for households with children! Thinking of adding this small pet to your home? Here are a few things you’ll want to know first.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I feed my guinea pig?

Your guinea pig will want a diet that is full of lots of hay. Give your pet fresh hay every day -- and add some greens to their meal every other day. Your guinea pig will like fresh greens like kale, zucchini, collard greens and shredded carrots. You can also treat your pet to a banana or mango once a week. In general, a healthy guinea pig diet is 20% vegetables and 5% fruit.

What kind of housing does my guinea pig need?

Your guinea pig’s home should be a solid-bottom cage covered in aspen, pine or recycled paper bedding. Add a small hide house where your guinea pig can go away to feel safe. And of course, add a food bowl and water bottle to stay full and hydrated.

How do I keep my guinea pig well-groomed?

Your guinea pig’s nails will need to be trimmed regularly (about once a month). While some pet owners use nail clippers, it is recommended that you bring your pet in for a professional nail trimming for the first trim. You should also regularly brush your guinea pig’s fur coat.

How do I keep my guinea pig entertained?

Your guinea pig loves to forage. Look for toys that hide treats! You can also let your guinea pig play outside of his or her enclosure, just be sure to keep an eye on your pet so that they don’t get into anything dangerous.

If you are thinking of adding a guinea pig to your family, visit our Mineola store! We have everything that you need to keep your new pet happy and healthy.

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