It is imperative that you have your C&C cage all set up before going out and bringing your guinea pigs home. Assuming you’re adopting them from a rescue or shelter, chances are your pigs are already introduced, or in this case have been bonded, which is even better. Guinea pigs generally don’t react well to new environments, and will need to adjust to their new surroundings once they are in their cage.
In this post I will talk about the different kinds of bedding used for guinea pigs, how to use them, and the pros and cons of each. First, I will discuss paper bedding from the popular brand, CareFresh.
Keep in mind that commercial guinea pig cages are often WAY too small for guinea pigs. They require a large enclosure so they can run around, not to mention stay separated from their cage mate in case they get into a squabble. The worst thing you can do to your guinea pigs is to put them in a tiny enclosure where they will constantly be in each other’s spaces all the time, which will result in fights and later on, separation of your guinea pigs.
A constant supply of hay is essential for guinea pigs!! A misconception about guinea pig diets is that they should get the occasional hay, however hay alone is supposed to be 80% of their diet! The amount of times I see a small quantity of hay in their cages is astounding and disappointing.
First things first, a guinea pig emergency kit does not in any way shape or form replace a vet visit! This kit is only to provide temporary relief for your pet until the owner is able to take their guinea pig(s) in for medical treatment.