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    Caring Guinea Pig:

    Guinea pigs are one of the most preferred pets because of their small size and their gentle demeanor.



    They are cute and cuddly and love to do crazy antics all day long. However, some people who adopt guinea pigs into their families don’t know how to take care of a guinea pig because of which the small pets are ignored and may also fall sick.
    Guinea pigs are small but they need a lot of care in order to stay healthy and survive for long.



    They are also delicate creatures and need to be handled gently so that they do not get injured. When bringing a guinea pig into your home, it is important to consider how you will take care of the animal.

    The first and foremost consideration for a guinea pig is to provide it an accommodation which is spacious enough. This is also important from the view of guinea pig healthcare.



    Guinea pigs do not like being confined in small spaces. Therefore if you have brought one into your family, make arrangements to have a large cage placed somewhere in the house. Cages made of wire mesh should be avoided as there is always the danger of the guinea pig hurting itself.
    Since guinea pigs also like to chew, place rubber toys etc in their cage but take care that these toys are not toxic. You should also place some nesting material, which you can easily get from a pet store, into your pet’s cage. The basic idea is to make the cage as habitable for the little creature as possible.

    Special attention to their food should also be given. Baby guinea pig care is different from an adult one. It is important to maintain that difference in their diet too. Guinea pigs are herbivorous animals and are prone to vitamin C deficiency. Therefore, give them adequate amounts of fresh citrus fruits like melons, oranges and apples. If you notice digestive problems in your pet, discontinue the food that you are giving to it. Guinea pigs are also prone to stomach upsets and diarrhea and to prevent stomach disorders, watch the diet closely, introducing one food at a time till you understand the food habits of your pet.
    A bowl of water inside the cage is also important as the pet may need water from time to time. With that, it is also important to keep the cage clean. If the cage is not cleaned periodically, your pet may develop germs due to infections. Though they do try to keep themselves clean, they need your help too. 

     
      Submitted on January 21, 2010