Guinea pig needs:
Guinea pigs, or ‘cavies’, are social animals with a compact, rounded body shape, short legs and no tail.
They originate from the grasslands and lower slopes of the Andes Mountains in South America.
Guinea pigs are active
- Guinea pigs are active up to 20 hours per day and sleep only for short periods.
Guinea pigs are highly social
- Guinea pigs are social animals. In the wild they live in close family groups of 5 – 10 individuals, though several groups may live in close proximity to form a colony.
Guinea pigs’ need a high fibre diet that is supplemented with vitamin C
- Guinea pigs’ diet needs to be supplemented with plenty of vitamin C, as they lack the enzyme needed to synthesise vitamin C and can only store vitamin C for short periods.
The sort of vegetables that people usually have in their homes that are safe to feed to guinea pigs are as follows:
- Beetroot – not the leaves or the stalks.
- Cabbage - red & green.
- Corn-on-the-cob – the whole cob.