What You Should Know Before Buying A Guinea Pig

When thinking of adopting a new pet you are most likely feeling excited, perhaps even a bit nervous. This can make the process of welcoming that animal into the home slightly stressful. One of the best ways to fight this feeling of stress is to be as informed and prepared as is possible. For guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus), this means making sure they are going to be getting enough attention and enough cage space, among other important factors. It is very important for individuals thinking about buying a guinea pig to consider whether they have the right amount of responsibility to take care of this animal.

With this in mind, here are some important facts you should know before buying a guinea pig.

Guinea Pigs Need Lots Of Space

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When shopping for supplies for a smaller rodent, it is easy to get caught up in all of the fancy designs for cages and accessories. However, most of these small animals need much more space than they could get within these commercially aesthetic cages. Guinea pigs need lots of space. In fact, just one guinea pig should have at least 7.5 square feet of space to explore. This can increase to 10.5 if you decide to adopt two guinea pigs instead of one however, the minimum still stays at 7.5 square feet.

Keep reading to uncover more facts to consider before buying a guinea pig now.

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HealthPrep Staff