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A weeking good pet
Member Name: tigger1992
Advantages: Cute, good family pet and are responsive to your voice and other noises after a while
Disadvantages: Can be costly to look after well
I have a guinea pig and my sister has a guinea pig and we have had them for about two to three years and we bought them from pets at home when they were 10 weeks old. The have grew so much since we got them, when I go in pets at home to get their natural salad feast, wood shavings, hay and shampoo I always look at the little guinea pigs they have and I can't imagine my guinea pigs when they were that small, probably because they are so big and fat now.
My guinea pigs love to eat as do all guinea pigs, they will eat you out of house and home. But my guinea pigs are also a bit fussy about what they eat, for example, they really love spinich (even though they only should have a bit of it, but they like it but they are only allowed a bit very day). They also like the naturals dry food in the plastic bags at pets at home - they really like the salad feast one.
Guinea pigs can't manufacture their own vitamin C so it has to be incorperated into their diet, this can be done easily with the guinea pig nuggets also from pets at home. And you have to make sure that they have a fresh daily supply of dry nuggets, new water every day or every other day and fresh food such as vegetables everyday - I probably feed my piggies too much but they are always weeking for food so I have to feed them. I feed them about 4 to 5 times a day with about one of their feeding bowl size portions.
They also make really good pets as they are big enough to hold and not little enough to squish. They are also good for older children as they don't bite. We did have them outside but they didn't like the cold even though we spend about £300 on a hutch and on a cover to keep them warm - which is really good by scratch and newton. So they live in medium/large sized plastic cages inside now and they love it and me and my sister don't have to go outside in the cold/rain/snow at like 7 in the morning to feed them!
One really good thing to have if you haven't had guinea pigs before is a guinea pig care booket/book, wehen we bough out piggies we received a FREE guinea pig started kit which contain a small packet of dry nuggets, vitamin drops and a book (and some other things I just can't remember them and I don't know if they still do this though). I have two guinea pig books and they are really useful as they can get cold and illnesses just like we do and it is really important to know what you are looking for to keep your piggies happy and healthy!
Also they are not allowed some types of food such as tomatoes, potatoes, some lettuces and many more. I would really recommend looking up on the foods first before you give it to them and they are not allowed and processed food.
*A great family pet
*They make different noises and you can look up online what they mean, for example, the week (high pitched squeeking) when they are happy or when the smell food. Mine also do this when I rustle a bag or close the fridge door!
*Need to be looked after really well as they can get ill and have colds just like us
*It is best to keep them indoors as the can die of the cold or if they are too hot
*Be very careful about what you feed them - check online before hand
*A clean sturdy plastic indoor cage is best - don't get the ones with wire floors as it can cut your guinea pigs feet
*The hutches/cages need to be cleaned out well every other day to avoid infections and illness
*You can get dry shampoo to stop your piggy from getting smelly but read the instructions carefully
*They are not expensive to buy but the need a constant daily supply of dry food, fresh food, hay, water and they also need time out of their hutches
*Never leave your piggies out of its cage with out an adult in the room as they could hurt them selves or chew on wires which is not good
*Look after them well by making sure they have something quite hard to chew on as their teeth continuously grow and so do their nails so you have to go to the vet to get them cut - but I am very careful and I cut them my self with special guinea pig nail cutters (not human ones) and be careful to avoid cutting through the big vein they have running though each nail
*Guinea pigs don't like loud noises
*Guinea pigs get frightened and scared quite easily so don't make loud noises when with them - my piggies don't mind the tv though
*Diet is really important
*The love places that they can hide in such as big cardboard tubes and boxes and tunnels
Thank you for reading my review
Summary: A good pet and they really need to be looked after properally!
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