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Miss Piggy's Guinea Pig Lair Inc.

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Handling & Support

Guinea pigs rarely bite when being handled or restrained, they rarely struggle when they are being picked up but often make a “squeal of protest.”  Nevertheless, great care should be taken not to injure them when picking them up. The guinea pig should be approached with 2 hands, one is placed under the guinea pig's chest and abdomen, and the other supports its hindquarters.  Keep them close to your chest.  Adults and those that are pregnant should receive gentle, but firm, and total support.

Housing



Plastic base cages are for indoors only.

Minimum floor space required for 2 Guinea Pigs in any cage is 1200mm x 600mm




Playtime cages must have wire 10mm square or smaller to protect from predators such as snakes and rodents. 
Flyscreen stapled to the wooden frame can help aid in this area.




Permanent outdoor homes should have an area off the ground to protect them from weather conditions.  If any cage has wire flooring please remove as this can cause foot and leg damage.
Any housing should be easy to clean, well lit, and adequately ventilated. 
Guinea pigs are most comfortable when they are spared exposure to excessive noise, needless excitement and confusion, and other stresses.  As with the playtime cages please secure with flyscreen to protect against snakes and predators.

Hygiene

The frequency with which the enclosure is cleaned depends on the materials out of which it is made, and the number of guinea pigs that reside within. As a general rule, the enclosure and all cage "furniture" should be cleaned and disinfected once weekly. Food and water containers should be cleaned and disinfected once daily.  Vinegar is often required to remove the scale deposited by the crystalline urine of guinea pigs.  Guinea pigs require worming once every 3 months with Ivermectin.  If your guinea pig gets dirty or smelly you can wash them with a small animal shampoo, but not required more then once a month.  Nails need to be trimmed on a regular basis as they can grow into their foot pads and cause a lot of pain.

Daily Dietary Requirements 

80% Hay & Grass

15% Vegetables High in Vitamin C

5% Pellet Mix

Fruit as a treat

Food & Water

Good-quality food and fresh, clean water must be readily available at all times.  Hay and grass should form a major part of their diet as well as a fresh and steady supply of guinea pig mix (foods to feed and not to feed ~ below.)  Guinea pigs cannot manufacture their own vitamin C and must, therefore, receive it from an outside source.  Any changes in the food itself should be made gradually. Failure to do so usually results in the guinea pigs' refusing food and water.  Feeding should take place twice a day once in the morning and once at night.  

Weather

Please remember to keep you guinea pigs cool during warmer months, place a frozen water bottle or something simular in their cage. Guinea Pigs can suffer from heat stroke over 24C Fans are also good but make sure it is set to oscillate and not directly on them. Please do not use plastic igloo's in outdoor cages during these months.

During winter make sure your piggies are warm and free from any drafts. Blankets and Snuggle sacks are of great comfort.

Safe Food List

Apple*

Banana

Banana leaves

Basil%

Beans

Beetroot

Blackberries

Blueberries

Bok Choy

Broccoli#^

Brussel Sprouts#^

Cabbage^

Capsicum#

Carrots%

Carrot tops

Cauliflower#^

Celery%

Chicory

Chickweed

Choko#

Choko leaves

Cherries

Clover%

Corn%

Corn husks

Coriander

Cos Lettuce%

Cucumber%

Dandelion#%

Dill

Dock

Endive%

Fennel

Grapefruit#

Grapes

Honeydew Melon*%

Kale

Kiwi Fruit#

Kohlrabi

Mango*

Milk Thistle% (not spikey)

Mint

Nectarine

Oat Grass%

Orange#

Pak Choy#

Parsley#

Parsnip

Pawpaw#

Pear*

Plum

Pumpkin

Rocket%

Rock Melon*#%

Silverbeet

Spinach%

Squash

Strawberries#%

Sweet Potato

Thyme

Tomatoes%

Turnip*

Watercress

Watermelon%

Wombok

Zucchini

Unsafe Food List

Avocado

Azalea

Bulb Plants of any kind

Buttercup

Foxglove

Garden Shrubs

Oxalis (looks like clover)

Hemlock

Holly

Fig

Iceberg Lettuce

Lilly

Morning Glory

Onion Weed

Onion

Potato

Rhubarb leaves

St John's Wort

Bird of Paradise

Grass cut with mower 

*High in sugar  #High in Vitamin C  %Yummy!  ^Feed sparingly

Suitable Hay

Barley
Grassy
Oaten
Timothy
Lucerne (6 month old's and younger)