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Thinking of adopting a guinea pig?

Guinea pigs are friendly and easily tamed, but they need commitment and regular attention, long haired guinea pigs can be especially difficult to look after. Guinea pigs are very skittish and very fast, so should have regular handling to help them become calmer and easier to handle. Guinea pigs should have a supply of fresh vegetables on a daily basis and occasionally some fruit as a treat. The average life span of a guinea pig is between 6-8 years. 

Before adopting please make sure you can provide the following.

  • Companionship - To be with other guinea pigs, most guinea pigs live happily in pairs or small groups although occasionally a guinea pig will prefer to be on its own. The widespread practice of keeping guinea pigs and rabbits together is not recommended.

  • A balanced diet with daily vegetables and hay.

  • A constant supply of fresh, clean drinking water in a drip feed bottle.

  • A clean layer of wood shavings and plenty of hay or straw for bedding.

  • Daily Exercise.

  • A large waterproof home, off the ground, out of direct sunlight and strong winds.

  • Their home to cleaned everyday and bedding changed weekly.

  • A gnawing block to wear down long teeth.

  • To be brushed everyday if they have a long coat.

  • Some quiet times alone or with other guinea pigs every day.

  • To be taken to a vet if ill or injured.

  • To be looked after by a competent person when you are on holiday.

If you can offer an adopted rodent the above then please click on the link below and fill in our online form.

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