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Guinea pigs originated from South America. 

They are lively, friendly animals and make excellent lawn mowers!

Guinea Pigs are Social Creatures

  • Guinea pigs are best kept in pairs or groups (also known as herds). They love company and we wouldn’t rehome a single guinea pig alone.
  • The best pairing is a neutered male with one or more females, although related same-sex pairs also get along. 
  • If you have a lonely, single guinea pig then you can use our guinea Pig bonding service to find your piggy a friend. The service costs £20. If you are interested please ask a member of the small animal team for more information. 

Guinea Pig Housing

  • We ask you to provide a hutch of at least 4ft x 1.5ft x 1.5ft for a pair of piggies. 
  • During the winter months they need to be kept inside in a 4ft cage/hutch. Guinea pigs are very susceptible to colds when the temperature drops, so must be kept out of the elements. 

Exercise & Enrichment for Guinea Pigs

  • They should have daily access to a run on grass which should measure 6ft x 3ft x 1.5ft. The run must have a lid on it to make it secure. 
  • The run should have lots of tunnels and hiding places, as well as somewhere shady out of the sun. 

The Best Diet for Your Guinea Pig

  • Guinea pigs love grass, if you keep them indoors you can pick fresh grass for them (never use mower cuttings). They should also have an unlimited supply of hay to munch on throughout the day. 
  • A good quality pellet feed should be given. Avoid using muesli-type mixes as they are often high in sugar and the guinea pigs will pick out the tasty bits and leave the healthy parts
  • Just like us, guinea pigs cannot make their own vitamin C so must have it supplemented in their diet. They should be given a variety of vegetables and fruits daily, such as: chard, spinach, kale, cucumber, apple and strawberry. 
  • They should always have access to fresh, clean water which must be changed daily. 

Guinea Pig Health

  • With proper care guinea pigs can live up to 8 years. 
  • Their nails will need occasional trimming to make sure they don’t curl and become painful. 
  • Guinea pigs’ teeth constantly grow so they need lots of hay and grass to eat to keep them worn down. 

Care Guide Guinea Pigs

Application To Adopt A Guinea Pig

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