Over the past few years, we have received quite a few questions regarding guinea pigs. The following 25 are the most asked questions. We decided to list them here to give you a “head start” when it comes to guinea pig ownership.

What do guinea pigs eat?

Guinea pigs eat a variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, and hay, as well as specially formulated guinea pig pellets.

How long do guinea pigs live?

Guinea pigs can live 5-7 years, with some living up to 8-10 years.

How much space do guinea pigs need?

Guinea pigs need at least 7.5 square feet of cage space, with 10.5 square feet being ideal.

How big do guinea pigs get?

Guinea pigs typically reach 8-10 inches in length and weigh 1.5-2.5 pounds.

Are guinea pigs social?

Yes, guinea pigs are social and should not be kept alone.

Are guinea pigs cuddly?

Yes, guinea pigs are cuddly and enjoy being handled and petted.

What type of bedding do guinea pigs need?

Guinea pigs need a bedding material that is comfortable and absorbent, such as shredded paper or aspen shavings.

How often should guinea pigs be groomed?

Guinea pigs should be groomed once or twice a week to keep their coats in good condition.

Can guinea pigs swim?

No, guinea pigs cannot swim and should never be put in water.

How often should guinea pigs be fed?

Guinea pigs should be fed once or twice a day and given unlimited hay, fresh vegetables, and a small amount of pellets.

What is the best way to handle a guinea pig?

The best way to handle a guinea pig is to scoop it up in your hands and support its weight with both hands.

What kind of cage should a guinea pig live in?

Guinea pigs should live in a cage that is made of metal bars, has an easy-to-clean bottom, and is large enough for them to move around in.

Are guinea pigs noisy?

No, guinea pigs are generally quiet, although they may make occasional squeaks when they are happy or excited.

How often should a guinea pig’s cage be cleaned?

A guinea pig’s cage should be spot-cleaned daily and fully cleaned once every week or two.

What temperature range is safe for guinea pigs?

Guinea pigs should be kept in temperatures between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do guinea pigs need vitamin C supplements?

Yes, guinea pigs need vitamin C supplements because they cannot produce it on their own.

Are guinea pigs good for children?

Yes, guinea pigs can make great pets for children, as long as they are supervised and taught how to properly handle them.

Do guinea pigs need exercise?

Yes, guinea pigs need exercise to stay healthy and should be given time outside of their cages to explore and play.

What type of toys do guinea pigs like?

Guinea pigs like to play with toys such as tunnels, balls, and chew toys.

How do you trim a guinea pig’s nails?

To trim a guinea pig’s nails, use a small nail clipper or nail grinder to carefully cut the nails down to the desired length.

How do you know if a guinea pig is healthy?

A healthy guinea pig will have a glossy coat, bright eyes, and a good appetite.

How do you bond with a guinea pig?

To bond with a guinea pig, spend time with it daily, give it treats, and handle it gently.

What should you do if a guinea pig has mites?

If a guinea pig has mites, you should take it to the vet for treatment.

How do you bathe a guinea pig?

Guinea pigs should not be bathed, as they are prone to getting chilled. Instead, you should spot-clean the areas that need it with a damp cloth.

What kind of habitat do guinea pigs need?

Guinea pigs need a habitat that provides plenty of space to explore, plenty of fresh food and water, and a cozy spot to sleep.

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