Guinea Pig Appreciation Day

Tomorrow, July 16th, is Guinea Pig Appreciation Day! These cute little guys—also sometimes called cavies—make very sweet and adorable pets! Here, an Edison Park, FL vet offers tips on how to pamper a cavy.

Toys

Guinea pigs are both smart and curious, so they need lots of entertainment and stimulation. Making sure your cute pet has lots of fun playthings—including plenty of chew toys—is very important. You don’t have to spend a lot of money here: you can actually make a lot of your furry pal’s things out of household items. Many wood, wicker, and cardboard items are fine. For instance, the tubes from toilet-paper rolls make great chew toys. Ask your vet for more information.

Treats

Cavies may be small, but they have huge appetites! Some safe treats for Guinea pigs include small bits of fruit, such as bananas or blueberries. Avoid commercial treats, such as yogurt drops: these are often very high in sugar, which really isn’t good for little furballs. Always research new foods before offering them to your furry pal, to make sure they are safe. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Buddies

Guinea pigs are very sociable little furballs, and are always happier with a buddy or two to play with and cuddle up to. If you only have one cavy, consider getting your four-legged friend a roommate or two. Just be sure to only house same-sex cavies together.

Bigger Cage

A bigger, better habitat is a great way to pamper your cavy. If you don’t want to give up any more floor space, get something with two stories and an enclosed ramp for access.

Cozies

Cozies are basically tiny tents or sleeping pouches for small animals. Guinea pigs absolutely love them! You can buy them at pet stores or online, or you can make your own. Look online for design ideas.

Playtime

Like any other pet, Guinea pigs are happiest when they feel loved and safe. Spend time with your cavy every day. Talk to him, pet him, and play with him. Many Guinea pigs enjoy cuddling with their owners, and sleeping on their laps. You may even be able to teach the little guy some cute tricks, like going in circles and coming when called.

Please contact us, your Edison Park, FL pet clinic, for your Guinea pig’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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