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A-Z Glossary of Behaviours

Chirping This is an extremely rare sound that very few of us have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Also known as “the guinea pig song”, the sound is very similar to the chirp of a bird. The…

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Dealing with the loss of a pet

At the time of writing this article I am perfectly placed to give you advice because I have recently lost Sprout, a guinea pig who was very special to me, and I am still grieving. I cry a…

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Dry Feed

Dried feed made especially for guinea pigs should contain Vitamin C (as guinea pigs can’t produce their own) and provide a good source of fibre (an essential part of the herbivore diet). Dried rabbit mix does not contain…

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Feeding

Guinea pigs become bored with the same selection of feed every day and variation is one of the keys to a mentally stimulated and happy pet. So it is very important to give your guinea pigs an interesting…

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Grass and Wild Plants

You should only allow your guinea pigs to eat fresh grass. Don’t give them dried or brown grass, grass clippings from the lawnmower, or ornamental grasses. Ensure the grass has come from your garden and not somewhere where…

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Hutches and Cages

Spacious Housing and Ideal Sizes It is important that guinea pigs have spacious housing for a number of good reasons. Boars require space to exercise to keep their muscles strong to help prevent abdominal prolapse of their important…

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Guide to Guinea Pig Breeds | Part 3

Some breeds require more care than others, especially where the coat is concerned, and so I have made suggested recommendations for the Intermediate and Experienced Owner. Coronet Recommended for: Intermediate owners The Coronet guinea pig is essentially a…

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Guide to Guinea Pig Breeds | Part 2

This is a only guide, as some new owners may have support from other more experienced owners and feel confident enough to give the proper level of care required to some of the breeds recommended here. Abyssinian Recommended…

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Seasonal Care

Spring and Summer During the spring you can begin to allow your guinea pigs to play outside on the grass for limited periods of time. Grass may still be damp and the air is usually fresh, which means…

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Guide to Guinea Pig Breeds | Part 1

Cross Breeds Many guinea pigs are not a pure breed, but are a mixture of two or more. Guinea pigs from pet shops and rescue centres are most commonly what we call “Heinz” guinea pigs, with a bit…

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Taming

You may be their new loving owner, but you’re also several times their size and you smell strange! The first thing you should understand is that guinea pigs are prey animals, which means their first reaction is to…

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Guinea pig behaviour

It is extremely important that we understand what our guinea pigs are trying to tell us for a variety of reasons, the most important of which being signs of ill health and also indications of aggressive behaviour that…

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Hay

This means you will have to replenish their supply once they have eaten it. As grazing herbivores guinea pigs require hay as roughage in their diet to keep their guts in good working order. Hay is also a…

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Introducing Guinea Pigs to Guinea Pigs

Some guinea pigs are happy with company from their owners, however most desire company of their own kind and this guide should help you to achieve a peaceful companionship. Pairing Boars Putting boars together can be difficult, and…

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The signs of grief in guinea pigs

Siblings and guinea pigs who have spent a lifetime together especially may feel the loss quite acutely. You can identify grief by the following signs: Loss of appetite Your guinea pig may pick at their food or even…

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Watering

Watering Guinea pigs require a constant clean water supply. You can give them either a water bowl or a water bottle, largely depending on the health and habits of your guinea pig. In some cases a water bowl…

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