Guinea pigs make awesome pets. They’re pretty easy to take care of and are just fine as long as they have food and water to leave over night. Sadly they don’t live that long and it gets too hard when they die.
They love salad stuff. They’ll squeal and beg when they hear a bag or the fridge door open. Even just going into the kitchen can get them excited. I used to give ours a few pieces of spinach or lettuce in the morning when I came down stairs and 90% of the time they’d hear me get out of bed and be begging before I walked out of the bedroom let alone walked down stairs.
They’d love exploring the floor. They need room to be able to run around aNd popcorn sometimes. We didn’t let them have floor time as much as I would have liked but I know at least I worried about them getting up into the recliner mechanism of the couch or recliner and had no idea how to get them out of there safely. They could have also gotten under the kitchen cabinets back then. Lastly I was just afraid I’d not see them and step on them
The little cages you can buy at the pet store are too small for them especially considering they’re social and do best when you have more than one together. Our cage was made of the grids from target on a table we made with blanket and bedding in it. It was 4 feet by 8 feet and every once in a while out of the blue for no good reason you’d hear them running around the cage doing laps and pop corning.
Treats they liked
This his how they learned to start begging when they heard the fridge door open. It would start as a small hopeful beg but by the time the salad spinner was going to clean the stuff they’d be practically pissing themselves from pop corning and begging. We went to the grocery store with a better produce section just to buy their treats.
- Grass - from outside in a known clean area of our yard, sadly at that time we didn’t have that much grass. It was mostly weeds. Once in a while we’d buy the little pots of it in the pet store.
- Dandelions - They even ate the flowers. They loved all parts including the stem, flower and leaves. It’d be funny to see them suck the stem in as they ate it then the flower would slowly disappear into their mouth
- Lettuce - Of course they liked it!
- Baby carrots - Carrots were Teddy’s favorite and the only vegetable she ate for a while (she was afraid of everything else.
- Apples - They loved apples but you have to make sure there are no seeds because they can choke on them and I’d also imagine the cyanide in the seed could be a problem for them.
- blueberries - When I got blueberries I’d share a few with the piggies. They liked them but shouldn’t eat too many of them
- Blackberries - Same as with blueberries. I’d give them a few when I got them for myself.
- Banana - They loved slices of bananas with the peel still on it.
- Tomatoes - They liked tomatoes.
- Corn on The cob - They went crazy for corn the cob. They like the leaves then ate the corn off the cob like little typewrites
- Peppers - They loved sweet peppers of all colors and they are a great source of Vitamin C for them. They’d sound funny crunching away on them.
- strawberries - When we bought strawberries we usually gave the piggies some of them and they liked them.
- Oranges - They liked Oranges.
- Spinach - They liked it but it was one of those things they shouldn’t have too much of
- Broccoli - They seemed to like it. Didn’t give it to them that often but the ate it.
- Kale - They really liked Kale. We tried it but didn’t so we only bought it for them.
- Brussels Sprouts - Gave these to them once in a while. They ate them.
- Asparagus - We ate quite a bit of this back then and they ate a piece or two when we had it.
- Cucumbers - They always got some slices of cucumber on their plate and this was one of their early choices to pick.
- Pear - The got a few pieces when we picked up pears for ourselves and seemed to like them
- Cherries - They went crazy over cherries, obviously you had to remove the pits
- Watermelon - Watermelon is not something we got often but when we had one they’d get a bit of it too. They liked it but it was our understanding they shouldn’t have too much of it because it could cause diarrhea.
- Grapes - When we bough a bunch of grapes they’d get one or two. They seemed to really like them
The reality of is I think those damned piggies ate better than us and I would change it if I could. Between their food, hay and veggies they were little eating machines.