Many of us have grown up having Guinea Pigs as pets and you can understand why. They’re cute, curious, cuddly and make an ideal pet for any sized yard.

Guinea Pigs, also known as Cavies, are native to the South American Andes. They are social, inquisitive creatures that require plenty of attention and time.

The first thing to know about Guinea pigs is they have no sweat glands which makes them very susceptible to heat stress. Always ensure the area they are kept in is well-ventilated, has plenty of shade and doesn’t heat up. So bring them inside on hots days. A fan or air conditioning will help reduce the problem of heat stroke.

Diet is very important. Guinea pigs are herbivores so they need to be fed the types of food they have adapted to eat. Constant sources of grass, oaten and ryegrass hays are ideal to keep them chewing for long periods which helps wear their down their constantly growing teeth and maintains dental health.
Guinea Pigs love fresh leafy green vegetables & herbs. Things such as cereals, grains, nuts, seeds, corn, onion and potato peeling should be avoided as these create problems with their digestive system.

Having access to constant clean water either through a feeder or small bowl is essential.
Guinea Pigs are definitely a pet for any age and any garden. And with a cute face like this who wouldn’t one or two or more.






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