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How to Pamper a Guinea Pig

Have you decided to adopt a Guinea pig? If so, you’ve chosen a great pet! Guinea pigs are not only super cute, they’re typically very gentle, and are definitely lots of fun. Guinea pigs, also known as cavies, are also very easy keepers. A clean, comfy cage and good food will see to your pet’s most crucial needs. That said, just like any pet, these little guys deserve to be pampered a bit! In this article, a North Las Vegas, NV vet lists some ways to spoil a Guinea pig.

Toys

Life in a cage can get pretty boring, so make sure your little furball has plenty of entertainment options. Guinea pigs have open-rooted teeth, so your tiny pal will need to chew frequently to keep those little choppers healthy. Items made of plain, safe wood, cardboard, straw, and paper are all suitable. Your furry buddy may also enjoy exploring little tunnels or playing with a small ball or toy car. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Buddies

Guinea pigs are very friendly and sociable. Your pet will be much happier with a buddy or two to play with and snuggle up to at night. Of course, you’ll need a bigger cage for multiple cavies than you would for just one. Look for something with a second story, with a fenced ramp for ‘penthouse’ access. That way, you can increase your pets’ living space without taking up more room in your home.

Playtime!

Play with your little buddy every day. The more you handle your furry friend, the more tame and friendly he will be. You may also be able to teach your Guinea pig some really cute tricks, like turning in circles.

Cozies

Guinea pigs love to snuggle up in warm beds. Give your adorable friend a few hidey-holes. Many of these little guys really enjoy cozies, which are sort of like tiny sleeping bags for pocket pets. Just be sure to avoid anything with buttons or adornments, which could be choking hazards, as well as items with loose or frayed threads that could entangle your furry pal.

Do you have any questions about caring for cavies? Call us, your North Las Vegas, NV animal clinic, today!

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