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Guinea Pig Family Pet Care
Guinea pigs are great pets
For many, the baby guinea pigs and adult guinea pigs are life changers in a positive way. At first, it can seem scary to the person that has never touched or held the guinea pig. Guinea pigs are wonderful animals. Picking up the baby guinea and holding it for the first time feels like holding a newborn baby. Many feel an instant connection with the baby guinea pig once they have picked them up and realize just how loving the little curious creatures are.
They are loving, curious and they like people, for the most part. Also, guinea pigs rarely bite, according to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Personal experience has shown with both male and female guinea pigs, they will "nibble" to get to know the person holding them, but they are not actually biting.
They are social animals and can become down and depressed if they aren't given attention and have a guinea pig roommate in the cage with them. A six-foot cage seems to be the going rate for the average and standard cage for the guinea pig. For the two guinea pigs together, recommendations include cages up to 10 feet. A good way to get the guinea pig to quickly warm up to you is to give them fruit (oranges are highly recommended).
The guinea pig is also called the "cavy," as well. The cavy needs a lot of nutritious food, just like people and other animals. Small amounts of fresh fruit are recommended in general, as well. Further diet recommendations outside of pellet food and hay include carrots and other garden vegetables like cabbage.
Identifying sounds/signs that guinea pigs make include the following:
- When guinea pigs make a whistling-type noise, it means they are happy.
- High-pitched multiple squeeks, it can mean the guinea pig is excited.
- One high-pitched squeak can mean that they are hurt
- Also, the one long squeek(s) can mean the guinea pig is hurt
If you suspect your baby guinea pig is sick with an allergy infection or with respatory-type infections, these medications may need to be avoided when treating the sickness. Here are some suggestions on medications and their various versions that should be questioned when prescribed by the guinea pig's health care professionals.
Medications that MAY be harmful to the guinea pig, the baby guinea pig in particular include: amoxicillin (Clavamox), ampicillin, bacitracin, cefadroxil, cefadroxil, cephalexin, cephalosporins, cephazolin, chlortetracycline, clindamycin, dihydrostreptomycin, erythromycin, lincomycin, oxytetracycline, penicillin and streptomycin.
Please contact your local guinea pig doctor for further and more in-depth information on the best medications to give guinea pigs. Guineapigmanual.com can also provide you with more information on the guinea pig.