2016/05/06

GUINEA PIG 101

Sometimes I write here about our 5 guinea pigs. Usually I get asked a bunch of questions
about them and guinea pigs in general so I decided to dedicate a whole post for guinea
pigs. I'm not a professional guinea pig keeper, but I do own 5 guinea pigs.
I like to call them piggies.


#1 HISTORY OF THE GUINEA PIGS

Despite the name guinea pig, piggies are not in the pig family so they don't have
anything to do with the actual pigs. They're also not from Guinea, so the name can
seem pretty confusing.
Piggies are originated in the Andes. Guinea pig has been a popular pet since the
16th Century in Western societies because they're adorable and easy take care of.
Yeap, in some places like Peru - guinea pig is a popular dinner.

#2 GUINEA PIG STATS

As rodents, guinea pigs are pretty large. Their usual weight is something between
700 and 1200g and measuring between 20 and 25cm in length. Average guinea pig
lives from 4 to 5 years, sometimes even 8 years.
One guinea pig broke the 2006 Guinnes World record by being longest living guinea
pig in the world and they said that it lived almost 15 years.

#3 WANT A GUINEA PIG? READ THIS.

You always have to take at least two guinea pigs. Not one, two. You have to make
sure that you have time to play with them and keep them company every day, even
though you'd have more than two piggies. You also have to make sure that they
always have fresh water and hay available.

#4 WHERE DOES GUINEA PIGS LIVE?

In a cage.

#5 WHAT DOES A GUINEA PIG EAT? 

They're always fashionable and vegan. You can basically feed them with everything
that doesn't contain other animals. No meat, dairy, citrus fruits or hot & spicy stuff.
I always google stuff that they can eat just to be sure.
Remember to always keep fresh water, hay and pellets available for them to eat.
Guinea pig doesn't produce enough vitamin C for itself so it's recommended to to
give them some every day.
They sell vitamin C for piggies in pullover & liquid forms.

That was a small info package about guinea pigs. Stay awesome.

lots of love, Jasmin.

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4 comments:

  1. Ahhh guinea pigs are so cute. Not joking, I had 10 in total in my life and they're the cutest little pets ever. I had to females who ended up being pregnant already and had three babies each. I have a cat now but I still think guinea pigs are so sweet!

    Sally - DiagonSally

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    1. 10! Oh my goodness, 10! Sometimes I think our five drive me nuts, imagine 10 haha :D piggies are wonderful creatures :D

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  2. Aww! They're so cute!!! I have a hamster named "Strudel" and love him. He's so furry :)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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