What's the lifespan of a guinea pig?

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What's the lifespan of a guinea pig?

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answered Sep 25, 2022 by Chambliss (41,400 points)
The lifespan of a guinea pig is 8 years although some guinea pigs may only live 4 to 6 years.

Guinea Pigs cannot drink anything other than water or they will not be healthy.

Plain water with nothing added is what guinea pigs should drink as other drinks could be harmful to them.

Guinea Pigs eat up to 2 times per day which is enough.

You should feed your guinea pig on a consistent schedule, twice a day, morning and evening.

Guinea Pigs lick their private parts as a way to clean their private areas.

Just like dogs, cats etc who lick their private parts a guinea pig licking their private parts is normal unless it occurs too often.

You can litterbox train a guinea pig and they are pretty easy to train to use a litterbox.

When your guinea pig uses the litterbox you should reward them with a treat and overtime they will use the litterbox without any help.

Guinea Pig poop can be poisonous and cause health issues should it accidentally be ingested or if you fail to wash your hands after coming into contact with guinea pig poop.

Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM) is a rare viral disease that can be transmitted through the urine, droppings, saliva, or cage material of infected wild and domestic rodents, including hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice, and other small rodents.

In addition to the bacteria naturally present in all feces, guinea pigs with conditions such as salmonella or lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) can pass those conditions onto humans through direct contact with feces or even through the air.

A guinea pigs diet is high in fiber which is a reason the guinea pig poops so much.

When you eat a diet high in fiber you have more bowel movements and poop more.

Guinea pigs do pee in one spot so you want to have the litter box or place they pee on in one spot so that they are used to it.

A guinea pig pees on average of 150 to 200 times per day which is quite a lot.

Guinea Pigs pee and poop a lot so you will need to clean the guinea pigs cage out often enough to keep it clean and sanitary for the Guinea Pig.

A Guinea Pig is very smart and can learn a lot of things.

However a rat is even more smart than a guinea pig but the guinea pig is very smart too.

Guinea pigs are a type of rodent and are related to rats.

So yes a guinea pig is actually a type of rat although cuter.

Guinea Pigs are a part of the rodent family which includes rats, mice etc.

Guinea Pigs originated from South America where they still live in the wild today. In the wild Guinea Pigs tend to make their habitats in rocky areas, grasslands and forests.

The guinea pig or domestic guinea pig, also known as the cavy or domestic cavy, is a species of rodent belonging to the genus Cavia in the family Caviidae.

Guinea pigs make great pets. They live for several years, so you can enjoy them longer than most other rodents.

They have different personalities and are very vocal, making it easy to know their individual identities and get attached.

They are fun to play with and very entertaining.

Guinea pigs are social animals and enjoy human interaction, including petting, stroking and playing.

However, it's important you learn how to handle your guinea pig correctly to avoid any injuries.

It's not uncommon for guinea pigs to be skittish around their owners.

Guinea Pigs Are A Bit Messy: urinary accidents can happen with guinea pigs.

They “go” a lot.

Fecal pellets might drop every few minutes and peeing is also frequent.

This means that the cage bedding and litter box need spot cleanups several times a day.

Guinea pigs living indoors can see humans as important companions.

If your guinea pig has to be kept alone you must provide companionship by interacting with them daily.

Guinea pigs can develop abnormal behavior and may suffer if left without company and nothing to do for long periods.

Also guinea pigs shouldn't smell.

If they are giving off an unpleasant odor, it's usually a sign that the cage isn't clean, their diet is wrong, they're sick, or they're struggling to groom themselves.

Also, boars may smell more than sows because of an oily buildup around the grease gland.

Guinea Pigs live for 4 to 8 years.

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