Caring for a Cavy

Cavies—more commonly known as guinea pigs—make wonderful pets for the right family. Learn about their basic care requirements below from a Greensboro, NC veterinarian.

Diet

Your guinea pig should be fed a commercial pellet food, available at many pet supply shops, retail stores, and certain vets’ offices. This main diet should be supplemented daily with fresh fruits and veggies; carrots, lettuce, apple slices, grapes, zucchini, and much more will work. Consult your veterinarian for more information on guinea pigs’ dietary needs.

Cage

Make sure your pig’s cage is large enough to accommodate food and water dishes, hiding spots, toys, and relaxation areas. The cage should be lined with a safe wood-shaving bedding; ask your vet what will work best.

Handling Tips

Guinea pigs can be rather skittish, especially if they’ve never been handled by humans before. Be patient, and try to handle your pig gently each day. Over time, they’ll become more and more accustomed to handling. Many guinea pigs even enjoy time outside of their cage each day, frolicking with their owners!

Would you like more information on guinea pig care? Your Animal Hospital Greensboro, NC office is here to help—call today to speak with a professional.