Free guinea pig at home: advice on how to manage one or moreGuinea pigson the loose at home. Instructions on how to manage the nest and the litter box.
Theguinea pigit's a lovely animal! It belongs to the order of rodents and is increasingly preferred, as a pet, to dwarf rabbits and hamsters. Theguinea pighe is sociable but during the first few months you might describe him as a shy and fearful animal.
Despite the name, this cute little animal has no oriental but South American origins. Little tip: iGuinea pigs, if raised individually, they suffer loneliness, that's why it is better to breed groups of 5 - 10 individuals or ... at least a couple, better if given by individuals of the same sex so you don't necessarily have to sterilize the male. Before we go ahead and see how to breed thefree guinea pig at home, we provide you with some indications by referring you to previous guides dedicated to this small guinea pig (the wild species is calledGuinea pig aperea).
Guinea pig, character and nutrition
Theguinea pighe spends most of his time eating. Nutrition is important not only for its sustenance but also for regulating the growth of teeth which, otherwise, would stretch excessively.
In addition, the guinea pig implements emblematic behaviors which, if properly interpreted, can give you information on its needs. An example? If it seeks your attention with a loud whistle, the guinea pig is asking for food!
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Free guinea pig at home
Raising a guinea pig in full freedom is a gesturenoble, your little friend will thank you! The cage, in fact, absolutely cannot be considered the permanent home of the guinea pig, but rather a mere refuge. Theguinea pighe needs a refuge to hide in when he is not comfortable or when he seeks protection.
The cage must have a space of at least 70 × 90 cm for each guinea pig housed.
Theguinea pigit will not have to be left immediately free for home… Let it settle in the smaller rooms first.
Thefree guinea pig at homeneeds some care:
- cables and electric wires must be protected and kept away from the range of theguinea pig. Remember that it is a rodent and… yes, it could gnaw them!
- If there is valuable furniture in the house, protect it with special wooden panels. In reality, the guinea pig rarely lets itself go into hops and just as rarely does it gnaw wood, however exercise caution.
- If there are other pets in the house, do not let them socialize right away, let the guinea pig settle in different rooms of the house first, so as to trace its comfort zone. Make these rooms, for at least the first month, completely inaccessible to other pets.
- In the case of other pets, for the entire period of cohabitation between theguinea pigand your old friend (be it a dog, cat or rabbit ..) make sure that he cannot access the unsuitable food bowls (kibble, puffed rice and food for other animals).
Litter for guinea pigs
Therelittermust be changed often ... eh, theguinea pigit tends to get dirty in different places, especially if left free in the house.
Exclude cat litter as it is not suitable. You can use specific sand for rodents, pressed hay balls, wood chips, corn cob, pelleted wood sawdust ... prefer materials with a high absorbency.