Happy March Everyone! What better way to celebrate the beginning of spring than with an adorable, furry little friend? March just happens to be National Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month!
Guinea Pigs make excellent family pets and are easy to care for. So why do hundreds end up in animal shelters every year? One of the most common reasons so many animals are abandoned has to do with the fact that people do not do their research before buying a pet. All pets have that cute factor at first that makes us want them, but it is extremely important that you know exactly what it takes to take care of your pet BEFORE you buy it.
Guinea pigs are very friendly and social animals. Multiple guinea pigs can even be kept together. However as always, we reccommend that same sex pairs be kept together to prevent unwanted breeding. Unwanted babies are another reason so many guinea pigs end up in shelters. As far as care, guinea pigs need a healthy diet that contains Vitamin C. They do not manufacture their own Vitamin C so it must be given to them. Most commercial diets add Vitamin C for just this reason. Guinea Pigs also appreciate plenty of Timothy Hay and fresh fruit and veggies. Since they are rodents, their teeth never stop growing. It is very important that you provide your pet guinea pig with plenty of chew items to help wear down their teeth and keep them healthy. They do not climb. so they need a basic cage with plenty of room to hide, sleep, eat and play. They live on average 5-8 years, so be ready you are willing to commit that much time to your pet before buying.
So spread the word this month- Guinea Pigs make great pets for children and adults alike. If you are willing to give them your time and some attention, be sure to check out your local animal shelter today!