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New Guinea Pig Checklist

Use this checklist of things to buy before you bring your new guinea pig home.

By Audrey Pavia
Posted: February 21, 2008, 3:20 p.m. EST

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Guinea pigs rely on you for more than food and water, and this checklist can help you get what they need.

1. An indoor cage (preferred) or outdoor hutch. An indoor cage should be made from powder-coated wire or coroplast and have a solid bottom with a removable tray. An outdoor hutch should have a wire bottom with 1/3 solid flooring and have a leak-proof roof.

2. A wooden or plastic nest box for the guinea pig to sleep inside.

3. An exercise pen, made from wire or hard plastic.

4. One or two ceramic crock food bowls.

5. A hanging water bottle for the side of the cage.

6. A hay rack that hangs on the side of the cage.

7. Commercial timothy pellets made specifically for guinea pigs.

8. Fresh green vegetables, thoroughly washed.

9. Timothy hay.

10. Safe bedding made from recycled paper, aspen or corn cob.

11. Wooden chew blocks for gnawing.

12. Toys such as balls made for cats, empty toilet paper rolls, small boxes, PVC pipe.

13. A travel carrier made for small animals.

14. A soft brush for grooming.

15. Nail trimmers designed for cats or human infants.

16. And, yes, as noted in the comments, vitamin C is critical to guinea pigs.

Posted: February 21, 2008, 3:20 p.m. EST

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Wanted to add to the other comments about Vitamin C being important. Guinea pigs are similar to humans in that they cannot make their own Vitamin C. Without it they can develop scurvy (a painful skin disease) and other problems. Water soluble vitamin C is better than none, however, it is often better to give your piggy liquid supplement or tablets, depending on what they and you prefer. Sometimes adding the C to the water will give it a funny taste and make your piggy not want to drink it. Also, you have no way of ensuring your guinea pig is getting the correct amount. Usually 10 mg is enough, but you should check with an exotic specialist to be sure. A simple email and they will answer your questions.
Morgan, Lawrence, KS
Posted: 1/14/2015 3:29:43 PM
I do not give my piggy liquid vitamin C in his water because his vet said there is no certain way to know how much he actually ingested. I feed him pellets that have vitamin C in them. The bag says how much vitamin C there is per serving. So if he eats say 1 serving he has had X amount of vitamin C. Though liquid is NOT bad. My vet just prefers the pellets with vit c for that reason.
Crystal, Livingston, LA
Posted: 5/23/2014 11:37:50 PM
VITAMIN C!!!!!!!!!
Carmen, Los Gatos, CA
Posted: 7/27/2013 9:30:55 AM
Hay you forgot vitiman c that's the most important part for guinea pigs please add this to check list for people who don't now a lot about guinea pigs
Audrey, St.pete, FL
Posted: 10/6/2012 2:51:48 PM
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