ARE YOU READY TO ADOPT A GUINEA PIG?
Before enquiring to adopt a guinea pig it is important to consider and be prepared for all aspects of committing to owning a guinea pig.
Guinea Pigs can make wonderful pets for people of all ages and can be suitable for many housing types including indoor apartment housing. At ACS we view and value guinea pigs as members of the family just as larger companion animal such as a dog or cat would be and one of our main objectives is to change the stereotypical low valued view that guinea pigs have endured in the past. Their is no current laws or animal acts in Australia that protect guinea pigs the way that other larger common companion pets are, and this sadly does not help the guinea pigs profile to be seen by law as a valued, recognised and respected companion pet in society today. The ACS is working towards ways to hopefully change this for the future.
The questions below will help you to decide whether guinea pigs are the pet for you, particularly if you are new to owning a guinea pig.
If after reading through these questions you answered 'Yes' to most then you're probably close to adopting your new family members. If you answered 'Yes' but are still unsure, visits to your nearest ACS Shelter for an up close and personal interview and handling time is always welcome and can be arranged by contacting your closest ACS Shelter. If you answered 'No' to most of the questions below but are still pretty keen to adopt guinea pigs, we encourage you to continue to read as much as you can online about guinea pigs and their care to decide whether they really are the pet for you or not.
The General Household
Cost of Keeping and Setting up
The basics needed to be purchased prior to adopting (or can be purchased at most ACS shelters upon adopting) include:
- water bottle
- feed bowl
- some sort of hidey house
- nail clippers
- hay/feed mix
- veggies (to be given daily)
Products that will be purchased during your time of owning a guinea pig so that they stay healthy will include:
- mite prevention/treatment (Revolution for cats and dogs or Ivomec from your vet. Note that the 'mite and mange spray' sold in pet shops is NOT an effective treatment for mange/internal mites causing hair loss) but may help with external coat mites).
- Fleecy beds or fleece/towelling as bedding
For two guinea pigs the weekly cost can vary between $25-$40 depending on where you purchase your guinea pigs food. Per day two guinea pigs would usually eat at minimum of a handful of a good quality guinea pig mix, unlimited supply of grassy hay always available to them (or grass), a cupful of vegetables, water.
Their is detailed and correct information and knowledge on the correct keeping of guinea pigs readily available on the internet (including here on the ACS Website) and through many vet practices throughout Australia. If you have had guinea pigs in the past but not for many years we suggest reading up on the more recent updated information on guinea pigs as quite a lot more in the way of good information has become available and changed to that of prior years
Read the ACS Website! We recommend having a good read of the ACS Website's guinea pig care and information section before enquiring to adopt so that you can find out as much as you can about guinea pigs and their correct care and general up keep. The information on the ACS Website has been written by long-term experienced guinea pig owners and is also based on experienced small/exotic animal vet recommendations and our own founders 20+years of study, practical hands on experience and medical experience.