Did you know that March is Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month? Guinea pigs are super adorable little furballs, and they really can make very charming little pets. A local Wichita, KS vet offers some tips on adopting one in this article.




Guinea pigs are pretty easy keepers, which is no doubt one reason that they are such popular kids’ pets. The biggest thing is providing a roomy, comfortable cage. In fact, one of the most common Guinea pig care mistakes is getting a cage that is too small. We recommend going with one that is at least 10 feet for two cavies. If you get more cavies, you’ll need more cage. You’ll need to add a safe substrate. Don’t use pine or cedar products; the oils can irritate small animals’ lungs. Paper-based options are good. Your tiny pals will also need a good hidey hole and plenty of toys, including lots of suitable chew toys. Ask your vet for recommendations, including info on diet and nutrition.




There aren’t really any downsides to having a Guinea pig. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you have other pets, you’ll need to consider them. It will be best if you can keep Fido and Fluffy out of the area where your Guinea pig cage is. Your tiny pals won’t feel very comfortable with a dog or cat staring in at them! Of course, many people get cavies for children. They can be wonderful first pets! Just be prepared to supervise the little guys’ care, and take over if necessary. 


Choosing Your Cavy


Now for the fun part: picking your pint-sized pets. There are several different breeds of cavies, and they’re all pretty adorable. Guinea pigs can sport a variety of pretty colors and patterns. Some have long fur, and a few even have curls or rosettes. Looks aren’t the only thing to go by, though. You’ll also need to consider grooming needs, which will vary with coat type. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to get at least two. These little guys are very sociable, and get quite lonely without any friends to play with and cuddle up to at night! 


Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your local Wichita, KS animal clinic, we’re here to help!