How to Pamper a Guinea Pig

Do you have a Guinea pig? These tiny furballs, also known as cavies, are super cute! Cavies aren’t difficult to care for, but they do have some specific needs. Here, a Diamond Bar, CA vet discusses how to properly spoil a Guinea pig.

Comfy Cage

Make sure your Guinea pig has a clean, comfy home. One cavy will need at least 7.5 square feet, but you’ll need a bigger cage if you have more than one. You’ll need to add a safe, suitable substrate, a hidey-hole, dishes, a water bottle, and some fun toys. A litterbox and hayrack may also be useful.

Good Food

Proper nutrition is very important! Guinea pigs can eat commercial food for their main meals. You’ll want to supplement this with fresh grass hay and safe, suitable produce. Include foods that offer lots of Vitamin C, which is crucial to cavies. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, including serving sizes, safe and unsafe foods, and suitable treats.


Guinea pigs are often happiest with roommates. Get your furry buddy a pal. Be careful to only house same-sex cavies together: otherwise, you may end up with more pets than you bargained for!

Fun Toys

Cavies need lots of toys, including plenty of chew toys. Be sure to choose only safe, suitable playthings. Avoid giving your pet sharp or small objects; items coated with varnish, paint, glitter, or dye; and anything with dangling threads. Ask your vet for more information.

Prime Real Estate

Choosing the right spot for your pet’s cage is also very important. Don’t put your little buddy in direct sunlight, or too close to heating or air conditioner vents. Loud noises can make these tiny furballs nervous, so don’t put your furball too near a TV or stereo. Your furry friend will do best in a safe, quiet spot where he can see and hear you.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is a crucial part of any good pet care regimen. Ask your vet for specific advice, including a recommended appointment schedules and signs of illness.


Don’t forget to pay attention to your adorable pet! Let your cavy out of his cage every day for some supervised playtime, and spend some quality time with the little guy.

Please contact us, your Diamond Bar, CA animal clinic, with any questions about Guinea pig care. We are happy to assist!

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