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Behavior Guinea pigs rarely bite or scratch, but they can be messy-scattering food, water and bedding all over their cages. They like to explore new settings, but if scared, they'll either freeze or scatter in different directions.

Choosing your new pet Your new guinea pig should be at least six weeks old before bringing him home. Guinea pigs come in a variety of colors and coats from which you can choose. They may be a solid color, or a combination of two or three colors.

Creating the best home for Piggy Piggy's cage should be at least 18 inches high, 24 inches wide and three to six feet long with a solid floor (wire floors are irritating and can lead to foot or limb problems). Be sure to place the cage in an area free from drafts, chills, extreme heat and sudden temperature changes.

Cleaning and entertaining To keep your pet's home clean and safe, change the bedding daily. Once a week, thoroughly wash and disinfect his cage with a solution of 1 ounce of bleach mixed in a liter or quart of water.

Feeding Guinea pigs are strict herbivores. Because guinea pigs can't produce their own Vitamin C, you should add a Vitamin C supplement to their water-a teaspoon of Vitamin C liquid to 12 ounces of water. Food and fresh water should always be available.

Wynanne Watts INTENSIG – SPEAQ convention 2007


				
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