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If you decide to transfer a pet, but are not ready to devote a lot of time to keeping it and leave, a guinea pig will suit you. This is a cute friendly, sociable and non-aggressive animal that will be a friend to any child.
Buying guinea pig
You need to check if the animal is healthy. Do not be afraid if she becomes nervous, this is normal. Carefully see that his coat is clean, without bald spots, the body is strong and smooth, the eyes are clear, without secretions, the nose is clean and dry.
You need to know what gender the animal is. All together can not be recommended, because they can fight.
It will be useful to find out about the age of the pig. It is better to purchase 6-9 week old animals. If the animal is older, then in this case, with good content, the pigs live up to 8-12 years.
You can transport the pig home in a special portable or ordinary cardboard box with holes made. The latter option may not be needed for further roads, because cardboard can get the animal wet from the urine.
Guinea pig adaptation
In the early days, the guinea pig can be quiet and sluggish. This is due to the fact that she needs time to adapt. Staying in an unfamiliar place, the animal becomes fearful. To help the pig adapt, try to create a calm atmosphere and touch the animal less. You can pick her up.
Guinea pig maintenance and care
The company should recommend settling in a place where the whole family gathers. Allow communication with the animal at least 10 minutes a day, otherwise it may be longing.
Once the guinea pigs are active, they need to be given the opportunity to walk around the apartment or on a daily basis to satisfy movement needs.
These cells should not turn on loudly music, a television or a vacuum cleaner.
Guinea pigs must be very sensitive. They do not tolerate heat, they can die from overheating. The optimum temperature for keeping animals is 18-20 ° C. In summer, the cage with the animal can be taken out to the balcony or to the garden. It should be located in a place protected from rain.
The bottom of the cage should be covered with litter. Sawdust, straw, hay or granular fillers are suitable. You can use sawdust so that they are not small, but small particles. Granular fillers better absorb liquid and eliminate odor. It is recommended to change the litter as it gets dirty every 2-3 days.
Do not forget about the hair of a pig. It should be combed with a soft brush about 2 times a week. 1-2 times a year, it may be necessary to trim the nails if the animal itself does not bite them off.
Recommended in case of emergency. Use warm water and mild baby shampoo. After swimming, the animal needs to be dried and placed in a warm place.