Mousse is our clinic guinea pig. She would love for everyone to know more about guinea pigs and how they are such a good family pet.
- Did you know that the other name for a guinea pig is “Cavy?” It’s short for Cavia Porcellus.
- Mousse is an American/English, short hair and smooth coat guinea pig. There are different types of guinea pigs, such as long and silky hair, curly and rosette type coats and even hairless little ones.
- Guinea pigs are tail-less rodents, domesticated to be great family pets.
- They are originally from the Andes and are not related to pigs.
- They are very active during the day and less so at night, and loves spending their time grooming themselves.
- At a life span of about 4-7 years old, they grow to be 1.5-2.5lbs, at a healthy weight.
- The oldest recorded guinea pig lived to be 15 years young.
- Guinea pigs are herbivores, and they mainly eat grass and hay.
When domesticated, it’s important to provide the proper balance between nutritious pellets, hay and mostly veggies for a healthy guinea pig.
- They express themselves with different noises. Squealing, chirping, rumbling, purring and more chirping. Listen and watch closely and you will know how your guinea pig is feeling.
- Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in their diets and often needs to be supplemented to prevent insufficiency.
- Pop Corn – when they are happy and playing, they love to jump straight up and down.
- Baby guinea pigs are able to run when they are only a few hours old.
- Attention from their human and other animals in the house is something that they want and need to be happy. They are very social little rodents.
Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT