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Charlie & Barkley

American Guinea Pig

Overall satisfaction

4.5/5

Acquired: Pet store

Gender: Male

Appearance

5/5

Friendly

4/5

Easy to handle

4/5

Activity level

5/5

Visibility

4/5

Health

4/5

Easy to clean and maintain habitat

2/5

Easy to feed

5/5

Easy to provide habitat

4/5

There Will Be Squeaking...and Poop

By

Decatur, Illinois, United States

Posted Sep 22, 2016

These furry little guys make good indoor pets, if you can stay on top of their maintenance. The easiest way to do this I've found after buying a pet store cage that was too small is to:
A.) Build your own open top C×C cage, preferably in a 2×3 grid (28in×42in) or larger size using fleece as the bedding
B.) Get a handheld vacuum cleaner and dedicate its use to vacuuming droppings out of the cage at least once a day during the week, while also changing their bedding weekly to minimize odor.
After these steps are complete, guinea pigs become relatively easy pets to care for make. They enjoy exploring and cuddling and the occasional pirate style shoulder ride. Each pig has their own unique personality, and it is very entertaining to see how they react differently to the same things, especially food! The pig's love for eating does not only extend to their pellet style food, but they also require hay and an assortment of vegetables to have a full healthy diet. It's also worth noting that guinea pigs are very social animals with a herd-like mentality. They practically require at least one other pig of the same gender to interact with, or else they can become very hostile and lonely! (Charlie used to bite a lot before Barkley came along). Good luck to you and your new pigs!

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