It’s Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month! If you’re thinking about bringing one (or more) of these cute little balls of fur into your home, you certainly have our support. Guinea pigs are super cute pets. They are also quite easy to care for, which is likely one of the reasons they’re such popular children’s pets. One thing that is very important is just making sure that your pint-sized pal has lots of toys. A Greater Cincinnati vet offers some pointers on this below.
Chew toys are a must for these guys. Guinea pigs have open-rooted teeth, which means that they must constantly chew to keep their teeth from overgrowing. You can find lots of cute products online. You can also make your own. Many of the things you’ll find in the ordinary household are safe for your tiny buddy, such as plain paper and the cardboard tubes from toilet paper rolls. You can also offer many wood or wicker items. Just be sure that they have been properly cleaned and disinfected. Also, don’t give your little friend anything made of pine or cedar. These substances actually aren’t safe for cavies.
Like many smaller pets, Guinea pigs often enjoy exploring tunnels and mazes. You can buy these, but you can also make your own out of cardboard boxes, paper mache, or even PVC pipe. Be sure to use only safe, nontoxic materials. (Note: if you use paper mache, go with a simple flour-and-water glue mix.) Make sure the tunnel is large enough: you don’t want your tiny furball getting stuck! Exercise wheels can also be fun. You’ll need to get one that’s the right size. Be sure to choose one that is made out of a solid material, as wire wheels can cause paw injuries.
Always put your pet’s safety first! Your tiny pal won’t know what is and isn’t safe for them to chew on. Don’t give your furry friend anything that is covered in decorative substances, such as varnish, paint, glitter, or dye. These can be quite toxic, and could make your Guinea pig very sick! Items with dangling strings or cords is also dangerous, as is anything that is small or sharp. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you have questions about Guinea pigs? Call us anytime! As your Greater Cincinnati veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!