Kate

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Date registered: November 16, 2013

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  1. Guinea Pigs – Feeding Tips For Cavies — August 11, 2014
  2. Guinea Pigs – 13 Cavy Breeds — July 16, 2014
  3. What’s a Guinea Pig? — June 18, 2014
  4. Guinea Pigs – Cavy Behavior — June 17, 2014
  5. Guinea Pigs – Do Your Cavy Homework — May 18, 2014

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Aug 11

Guinea Pigs – Feeding Tips For Cavies

Black and White Guineapig

Grasses are the primary staple in a guinea pig’s diet. They meet most of the needs of the rodent known scientifically as cavia porcellus. But there are a number of supplemental foods that can help supply missing nutrients and liven up their diet. Foraging is one way to accomplish that, but it requires some care. …

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Jul 16

Guinea Pigs – 13 Cavy Breeds

Abyssinian Guinea Pig

Professionals recognize 13 official breeds of guinea pig or cavy, though several more are popular. Within this set is a group of differently colored types that add further variety to this amazing animal. To top it off, there are ‘satin’ varieties, in which the hair shafts are hollow, giving them an ultra-shiny appearance and smooth …

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Jun 18

What’s a Guinea Pig?

Guineapig In The Hat

The question posed in the title is a legitimate one. Even though guinea pigs are familiar, they’re neither pigs nor do they hail from Guinea. These rodents, originating from the Andes mountains in South America, are so similar to rabbits they were nearly reclassified. They’re commonly called a cavy, a derivation of their scientific name. …

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Jun 17

Guinea Pigs – Cavy Behavior

Guinea-Pig

Guinea pigs, or cavies, are like any other species in having a number of distinctive behaviors. Within that broad outline, of course, each pig will have its own peculiarities. It’s the latter that makes detailing the former a little tricky. Most guinea pigs enjoy companionship, both of other cavies and of humans. How do we …

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May 18

Guinea Pigs – Do Your Cavy Homework

Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs are cool, but they’re also a little different from most other animals. That creates the need for a little investigation into these unique animals. Guinea Pigs, known as cavies among professionals and enthusiasts, make excellent animal companions. They have a range of interesting behaviors and they’re ultra-easy to care for. They come in …

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May 17

Guinea Pigs – Common Signs of Illness

Guinea pig 2

Because guinea pigs are common prey for many larger species, they have evolved to hide pain and weakness. Making noise, limping and other signs of distress alert predators to a location. They tell the predator that a particular animal is easy and therefore, safe prey. That makes it all the more important for guinea pig …

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May 17

Guinea Pigs – Common Illnesses Among Cavies

guinea pig 3

Guinea pigs are subject to a number of common illnesses, including respiratory infections, skin problems and genetic disorders. One common source of many skin conditions, for example, are the Trixacarus caviae, or mange mites. These small parasites cause itching, which can lead to excessive scratching and hair loss. Another common source, especially among those who …

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May 17

Guinea Pigs – Common Cavy Eye Problems

A guinea pig will naturally secrete a white, milky discharge from healthy eyes. The cavy then spreads that fluid over the face and performs a cleaning behavior. The habit may be done several times per day and is a normal part of grooming. But there are several conditions that can cause the eyes to become …

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May 17

Guinea Pigs – Cage Options For Your Cavy

One of the many fun aspects of owning a guinea pig is selecting or designing and building a cage. Few homes are designed in a way that allow the owner to let their guinea pig simply run free. They can get into a lot of mischief that way. But creating a cage that is spacious …

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May 17

Guinea Pigs – Bedding Options For Your Cavy

Guinea pigs need soft, clean bedding that is changed frequently in order to stay in top health. Litter training a cavy is very difficult and, as a result, they tend to eliminate in many areas around the cage. It’s essential for their health that bedding be replaced to keep down ammonia and keep them and …

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