Guinea pigs are not regularly on the move like hamsters and they certainly
do not need an exercise wheel. But they will be quite active at some
times of the day if they are given interesting things to do. For example,
tunnels, or an 'adventure playground' with tunnels, bricks and thing
for them to run on and in and out of without them getting hurt. They
do like to lie in the sun and soak up the warmth but they are susceptible
to sun stoke.
long do guinea pigs live?
The lifespan for guinea pigs is between five and eight years, depending
on breed, how well it is look after, exercise etc.
How often should my guinea
pig's claws be clipped?
Clip the claws as often as necessary. The more frequently a guinea
pig can walk/run on a hard surface, the less frequently they will
need clipping, as they will wear down themselves. A guinea pig that
spends a lot of time on grass or in its hutch will need its claws
clipping more often.
I have seen my guinea pigs
eating their own droppings. Should I stop them doing this, if so how?
It is normal for a guinea pig to eat their own droppings, known as
coprophagy. The guinea pig is not eating its hard droppings but the
small, moist droppings, which it takes directly from its anus. It
is a bit like cows chewing the cud. The protein content of these droppings
is important for the animals' health and you should not stop them
doing it. It can't transmit disease.
My guinea pigs have ruined
several water bottles by chewing the spouts. What should I do?
If possible buy a bottle with a metal spout, preferably stainless
steel, as aluminum is a soft metal and a guinea pig might be able
to chew through it. Whatever type of water bottle you have, you must
check it regularly to ensure that the water flows freely and always
make sure fresh, clean water is supplied. Have a look at GPW's Pet
Products page for suitable water bottles.
my guinea pig bite me?
Your guinea pig may bite you for two reasons. Number one is that it
might think you are feeding it and nip your finger instead. Or your
guinea pig is frightened of you and, biting in self defense - specially
new or young pets. You need to try to handle your guinea pig more
often and talk to it in a 'soft' tone of voice.
What are other names for guinea
The Latin name for guinea pigs is 'Cavia porcellus'. They are
sometimes referred to as 'cavies' (singular being 'cavy'). The guinea
pigs found in the wild in South America are called 'cavia cutleri',
see Their History for more information
about where guinea pigs are thought to originally come from.