Guinea pig is an easy-to-care-for and a quickly tamed pet, and with good care it can live up to 8 years. Care of a guinea pig includes cleaning the cage or other housing, taking care of exercise and, if necessary, clipping the nails and brushing the fur. In addition to the right kind of food, the guinea pig should always have something hard to gnaw on, such as dry bread or tree branches.
A rodent pack animal
A guinea pig is a rodent. Its sharp front teeth grow throughout life, so they need wear. The growth of the teeth should be monitored, and if necessary, the veterinarian can shorten them. The guinea pig is a social herd animal, so there should always be more than one guinea pig in a group. The guinea pig is a vegetarian. Besides humans and monkeys, the guinea pig is the only mammal whose body cannot synthesize vitamin C, so you must always take care of its intake.
Did you know?
The guinea pig already arrived in Europe with sailors in the 17th century from South America, where it already had a history of thousands of years as a human pet and a meat-producing animal.