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Tip of the Week: Petting your Guinea Pig

Guinea pig’s also known as Cavies are one of the gentlest, loving, clean and adorable pets you can care for. They love to be stroked and handled, making them perfect for children and grown ups looking for a rewarding, affectionate pet.

Here’s how you can take proper care of your guinea pig in a safe, enjoyable way:

Hold Them Safely

A great thing about guinea pigs is that they are much happier to be petted than other small animals such as hamsters. Having said that, sometimes they will try to jump out of your arms, and this can resulted to you accidentally dropping them. And yes, this could potentially be harmful to your guinea pig’s delicate body.

In order to reduce this danger of dropping them, you should hold your guinea pig close to a soft surface, for example your lap, soft bedding, or a table or surface with a towel on it. That way if they do fall, they won’t get injure.

Help Young Children Handle Them Safely

petting guinea pigGuinea Pig make fantastic pets for children because they are are not too difficult to look after, and they really enjoy being petted and stroked. On the other hand, because of their size, young children can have trouble handling them.

It is often best if you hold the pet for them, and allow them to stroke it. In this way, you can allow the kids to spend quality time with the guinea pig until they are old enough to hold them on their own.

Don’t Tire Them Out

For the most part, guinea pigs are more than happy to sit on your lap or be petted for long periods of time. However, at some point they will get tired and want to go back in their cage.

When your guinea pigs get to this stage they will start to fidget around, and perhaps try to leap off your lap. When this happens, you should put your guinea pig back in its cage and leave it to get some time to itself – don’t worry, they will like to be stroked again in no time!


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