Guinea Pigs – Accessories For Your Cavy

Guinea Pigs are docile, but not completely sedentary. They enjoy burrowing, exploring and interacting with animals and other elements in their environment. Giving them lots of variety will keep them mentally active for those hours you’re away. That helps keep them stimulated, a vital component of an overall health program. Animals with nothing to do…

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Guinea Pigs – Bedding Options For Your Cavy

Guinea pigs need soft, clean bedding that is changed frequently in order to stay in top health. Litter training a cavy is very difficult and, as a result, they tend to eliminate in many areas around the cage. It’s essential for their health that bedding be replaced to keep down ammonia and keep them and…

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Guinea Pigs – Cage Options For Your Cavy

One of the many fun aspects of owning a guinea pig is selecting or designing and building a cage. Few homes are designed in a way that allow the owner to let their guinea pig simply run free. They can get into a lot of mischief that way. But creating a cage that is spacious…

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Guinea Pigs – Cavy Behavior

Guinea pigs, or cavies, are like any other species in having a number of distinctive behaviors. Within that broad outline, of course, each pig will have its own peculiarities. It’s the latter that makes detailing the former a little tricky. Most guinea pigs enjoy companionship, both of other cavies and of humans. How do we…

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Guinea Pigs – Cavy Breeds, A Baker’s Dozen

Professionals recognize 13 official breeds of guinea pig or cavy, though several more are popular. Within this set is a group of differently colored types that add further variety to this amazing animal. To top it off, there are ‘satin’ varieties, in which the hair shafts are hollow, giving them an ultra-shiny appearance and smooth…

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Guinea Pigs – Cavy Medications, Good and Bad

Treating guinea pigs requires specialized knowledge. While they’re similar to rabbits and other mammals (including humans, in important ways), they are a distinctive species. They can’t be given some of the medications that work well with others. They require some that are used chiefly with cavies. The Bad Penicillin is one drug that makes the…

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Guinea Pigs – Common Cavy Eye Problems

A guinea pig will naturally secrete a white, milky discharge from healthy eyes. The cavy then spreads that fluid over the face and performs a cleaning behavior. The habit may be done several times per day and is a normal part of grooming. But there are several conditions that can cause the eyes to become…

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Guinea Pigs – Common Illnesses Among Cavies

Guinea pigs are subject to a number of common illnesses, including respiratory infections, skin problems and genetic disorders. One common source of many skin conditions, for example, are the Trixacarus caviae, or mange mites. These small parasites cause itching, which can lead to excessive scratching and hair loss. Another common source, especially among those who…

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Guinea Pigs – Common Signs of Illness

Because guinea pigs are common prey for many larger species, they have evolved to hide pain and weakness. Making noise, limping and other signs of distress alert predators to a location. They tell the predator that a particular animal is easy and therefore, safe prey. That makes it all the more important for guinea pig…

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Guinea Pigs – Do Your Cavy Homework

Guinea pigs are cool, but they’re also a little different from most other animals. That creates the need for a little investigation into these unique animals. Guinea Pigs, known as cavies among professionals and enthusiasts, make excellent animal companions. They have a range of interesting behaviors and they’re ultra-easy to care for. They come in…

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