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Guinea Pigs

May 20th 2015 at 4:51 AM

The original habitat of wild guinea pigs is in South America, where they live in herds. These small rodents come in different varieties; there are short-haired, rough-haired, and long-haired cavs. They also come in a wide variety of colors.

Long-haired cavs require regular grooming. Short-haired varieties can also benefit from daily brushing. They can easily get very cold, thus they don’t require bathing. If there is really a need to give your pet a bath, use warm water and keep it warm until it is completely dry. With proper care and nutrition, guinea pigs can live up to 4-6 years.

Guinea pigs are sociable animals; several females can be housed with one male in an adequately-sized enclosure. However, placing two males in the same enclosure can result in fighting especially when there are females around.

These rodents are strict herbivores; they are prone to vitamin C deficiency so they should be given adequate quantities of vitamin-rich food every day. They also need to chew on wood and hay to keep their continuously growing teeth in check.

Know more about your pet’s tips nutritional needs by consulting with your veterinarian.

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