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Common Guinea Pig Care Mistakes

March 1 2015

Have you recently decided to adopt a Guinea pig? These little furballs, also known as cavy, make absolutely wonderful pets. Guinea pigs are super cute, and quite tame, which makes them a good choice for a child’s pet. In order to keep your furry friend happy and healthy, you’ll need to provide a suitable cage, a good diet, and lots of love and attention. In this article by your Cherry Hill vet, you’ll learn about common Guinea pig care mistakes.

Small Cage

Guinea pigs are very active and curious, and need room to run around and play. One of the most common mistakes in Guinea pig care is not providing a large enough cage.

Not Enough Toys

A cavy that sits alone in his cage all day with nothing to do will become sad and depressed. Make sure to keep your cavy entertained by providing plenty of suitable playthings. Change them out frequently to keep things fun and exciting.

Hay Trouble

Guinea pigs should have fresh Timothy hay available at all times. Not giving piggies enough hay, or feeding the wrong kind of hay, is another common issue.

‘Peticure’ Problems

Cavies need their nails trimmed regularly, about once a month. Overgrown nails can curl back under and hurt your pet’s little feet. Make sure to keep your cavy’s claws clipped.

Lack of Variety

Just like people, cavies will get bored eating the same thing every day. Keep dinnertime fun by providing a variety of foods and treats.


Guinea pigs often are much happier with a buddy of their own kind to play with and snuggle up to at night. Keep your furball from getting lonely by giving him a roommate.

Lack Of Chewable Material

Guinea pig teeth never stop growing. In order to keep your piggie’s teeth from becoming too long and causing dental problems, you’ll need to give the little one lots of chew toys. Wooden, wicker, and straw toys are good options. Cardboard and paper are also acceptable choices.

Vitamin C Deficiency

Cavies must have vitamin C. They can’t manufacture their own, so their diets must include this crucial nutrient. Don’t use vitamin drops or supplements, however: your pet really needs to get his Vitamin C from food.

Do you have questions about caring for Guinea pigs? Please contact us, your local Cherry Hill veterinary clinic. We are always here to help!

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