Is it the Right Pet for You?

 

The following questions may help you decide:


1. Owning a guinea pig is a commitment for the life of the animal, which may be five years or more. Can you provide proper and continuous care for your pet every day of his life?


2. Are you willing to allow your pet to live in the room in your home where you spend the most time, so that he will not be lonely?


3. Will you feed your guinea pig a healthy, balanced diet?


4. Will you give your pet fresh water every day?


5. Can you provide your pet with a comfortable cage and a cozy nest box?


6. Will you remove all the soiled bedding from the cage everyday?


7. Can you ensure that your guinea pig will be kept away from drafts, cold, too much heat or direct sunlight, cigarette smoke, and other pets that may harm him?


8. Do you have time to care for and give affection to your guinea pig every day?


9. Are you willing to groom your guinea pig regularly?


10. Do you have a place in your home where your pet may exercise freely?


11. Is there a reliable caregiver available if you go away on vacation and cannot take your pet with you?


12. Will you take your guinea pig to a vet if he needs medical attention?


13. Pets are an ongoing expense. Does your budget allow you to provide all the necessities that your guinea pig will require?

 

Compare to a dog, a guinea pig is a fairly easy pet to own. Guinea pigs don’t need to go on long walks everyday. The owner of a guinea pig can leave their pet alone for several hours a day and not have to worry. On the other hand, guinea pigs are not maintenance – free pets. They are social creatures who need a lot of love and attention, along with quality care. Guinea pigs need daily interaction to satisfy their emotional need. If you must leave a guinea pig alone for many hour each day, you should probably have two guinea pigs so that they can keep each other company.


Guinea pigs are different from other rodents, such rats and mice. For example, they carry their young for 68days, which is about three times as long as some other rodents, their young are born precocious, which means they look like small copies of their parents, and they are ready to care for themselves shortly after birth. Another important difference is that guinea pigs also require additional vitamin C in their diets, which other rodents do not.


Note: Before you bring your cavy home, make sure you have everything prepared in advanced for its arrival. A little bit of good planning will go a long way to ensure that things go smoothly for you and your new friend.