Guinea Pigs Love a Routine

Guinea pigs very quickly get used to a routine of feeding, cleaning and human interaction. They will soon be greeting you with welcoming squeaks when they hear you open the door or rustle the food and hay bags.

Human contact
As part of the GP care routine, you should check on them at least twice a day, morning and evening. Guinea pigs love human company, though, so the more time you can spend with them, the happier they'll be.

Guinea pigs love their food, and eating takes up much of their day. It's at feeding time that you'll be rewarded with the loudest and happiest squeaks of all! Give them a bowl of dry mix in the morning, along with some chopped fresh food. If outdoors in their Eglu or other run they will be able to graze on the grass, and in the evening you can refresh their hay supply for overnight.

Coronet brown Guinea pig
This brown Coronet Guinea Pig is ready to be looked after!

Fresh water
The guinea pigs' water bottle should be refilled daily, and needs to be available at all times. If the weather is cold, be aware that the water will freeze. You'll need to thaw and refill the bottle more frequently.

Clean the enclosure
Housekeeping and cleanliness is very important. Guinea pigs' bedding should be changed regularly. Guinea pigs can't be trained to use a litter tray, and although they may favor certain areas of their enclosure, they will go to the bathroom anywhere they like. The Eglu comes into its own here, being quick and easy to clean.

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Lee, 26 September 2017

I take and put clean shavings in my piggies cage. I put clean shavings in the litter pan. Then I put it in the corner and sprinkle some of the soiled shavings over the clean in the potty box. They will use the litter pan more than the all over the cage. I have done this with several Guinea Pigs.

Jerrica, 3 August 2017

I have two guinea pigs, one is about 2 his name is Charlie he's orange and black with little swirls in his fur :) and the others name is Tanner, he's just a baby only about 2.5 months old, he's brown with a big white spot on his head and on his chin. They are amazing pets and need lots of attention I believe that's something people should be told. Most people think they can just get a guinea pig and put it in a cage and see him as you walk by but they need just as much attention as a 2 year old baby for sure. I don't mind though they are just like my baby's lol. Love my charlie boy and tanner baby

Rebecca, 6 August 2016

Although I think the Omlet range is great, and the website is well thought-out and has plenty of useful information, as an avian and exotics veterinarian, I am concerned about the dietary advice given for guinea pigs and rabbits on this website. Both guinea pigs and rabbits should be provided unlimited hay daily for dental and gastrointestinal health. The hay provided should be (high fibre, high quality, long stem grassy) - e.g. Timothy hay, Oaten Hay, Pasture or Meadow Hay. 75-80% of the diet should be hay and it should be provided at all times. Vegetables and extruded pellets fortified with Vitamin C can be provided in small amounts in addition to hay, however seed and grain mix are definitely not recommended for guinea pigs or rabbits - it is very important to differentiate between the two when advising that guinea pigs and rabbits should be fed a bowl of "dry mix", even if it is labelled as "complete" or has a picture of a guinea pig or rabbit on the packaging. Dental disease is extremely common in pet guinea pigs, and is probably the top presenting complaint to veterinary practices.

Soon-, 26 February 2012

I liked how it gives you very basic information. I want a guinea pig, and my mom wants me a rabbit. Any suggestions that would change her mind? We will be getting one in four months. Overall, great site!

Philondra, 21 November 2011

I have a guinea pig named Carmen and this is the perfect website to learn from.

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