Adopting a Rescued Guinea Pig

March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month! If you’re looking for a pet that is small but super cute, a Guinea pig may be the perfect choice for you! Read on as a Michigan City, IN vet discusses adopting rescued Guinea pigs.

Finding Your Pet

You may find dozens, or even hundreds, of local Guinea pigs that need good homes. Many have been put up for adoption after being surrendered by their owners. This is very sad, because these cute little furballs do get quite attached to their humans, and can feel sad, scared, or lonely in shelters. Why are there so many of these guys up for adoption? Part of the reason is that Guinea pigs—also known as cavies—are often purchased on impulse. It’s not uncommon for children to beg for pets, only to soon lose interest. In other cases, people adopt cavies without researching them, only to realize too late that the adorable little pet they’ve chosen isn’t really right for them after all.

Temperament

One great thing about Guinea pigs is the fact that they are typically very gentle. In fact, many of them enjoy cuddling up with their humans. Some even like to snooze in their owners’ laps! This is one reason they are so popular as children’s pets. However, you will need to handle your pet gently and frequently, so he stays friendly. There are some do’s and don’ts here. Never grab your pint-sized pal from behind or when he is sleeping, and never force attention on him. Talking to your cavy, and offering him treats, will help him feel safe and loved.

Basic Care

Guinea pigs aren’t hard to care for, but they do have some specific needs. Your tiny furball will need a roomy, comfortable cage. You’ll need to add a suitable substrate, a hidey-hole, food dishes, a water bottle, and lots of toys. A proper diet is also a must. Your pet’s diet should consist of commercial food, fresh grass hay, and safe fruits and veggies. (It’s worth noting that Vitamin C is crucial to Guinea pigs, as without it, they can develop scurvy.) Proper veterinary care is also crucial. Ask your vet for specific care recommendations.

Please contact us, your Michigan City, IN vet clinic, with any questions about Guinea pig care. We’re dedicated to keeping all pets healthy, even the tiny ones!

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