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.
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.
This brown Coronet Guinea Pig is ready to be looked after!
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.
Nicole, 25 March 2021
I just recently adopted a guinea pig for my daughter for xmas 2020 and we named her Mocha! She is beautiful tan color with dark mocha color patches and is absolutely adorable. she is about 2 n half months old. This website has been super helpful. I already feed her bell pepper and cabbage twice daily and small amounts along with a non stop supply of her normal diet food. And unlimited supply of hay. I'm slowly adding other veggies like cucumbers and carrots as well. We just adopted a second one for my son and named her Caramel. She is about 4 months old and solid caramel color. Mocha actually squeaks and whistles almost every time I get home when she hears me until I get her fresh cabbage and bell pepper. It's so amazing to see how intelligent they are and routine is key! We still learning every day new things but I have never been more happy to have a pet as I am with these 2 ????