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 Okay. Ahem. I need a bit of pet help (or tips.. advice.. IDEK). I'm basically planning on buying guinea pigs- For the first time EVER.  And I'd like some help from you all. I know the basic stuff like 2 guinea pigs need a 7.5 sqaure feet cage, lots of vitamin C, social interaction, etc etc. XD. But, just any other things I should know, please tell me about :) Thanks!

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Best bet is searching the internet.

My sister has two and she feeds them slides of green pepper and cherry tomatoes. Also some sort of lettuce but I forget type. These greens and tomatoes are good for them and she feeds this with their food everyday. They have a playpen type enclosure for them to play in also. Other then this search online and ask the people you get them from .

Also, her small dog thinks he is the leader and they follow him around like he is one of them. But, be careful . Her cat wants to eat them . 

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Keep them away from drafty areas. They can get pneumonia real easy.
If you have one guinea pig clean the cage twice a week. If you have two guinea pigs clean the cage every other day. Do not use chemicals to clean their cage. Use one cup of white vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water and a spray bottle.

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You have to keep their nails clipped just like a dog and a cats.
Favorite foods are green peppers,cucumbers, hey, spinach leaves, carrots. Do not give them lettuce because it has no nutritional value.
Have fun with the little guy or gal

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Thank you

I meant spinach leaves. Don’t know why I said lettuce. Ty .

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I knew what you meant when you said "some sort of letuce" lol 

 

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Also they love to chew so be mindful of the house you buy them. Make sure you get a large one they love to burrow in it.
No platform for them to climb on. If they jump off they will hurt their little legs. All level ground.
They do need regular guinea pig food to maintain a healthy diet. The other stuff I mentioned above should only be a daily treat.

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A 7.5 sq ft cage would be a bare minimum. Get something decently large for a couple of guinea pigs. I'd say about 10.5 sq ft or larger if you can. Be sure  to pick the right habitat as well, and not just some radom unventilated  cage that simply looks good. Make sure that the cage is large enough so you can add multiple hides to it.

 

For the rest, try trustworthy info websites to research the animals and give yourself a mandatory 2 week cooldown time before you decide to purchase them. The idea of adopting a living animal is nice, but you gotta make sure you know what there is to know (including disease, possible vet costs), and maybe some time to consider your options or change your mind. I would take anything on these forums with a grain of salt though, because I've seen some terrible posts from people who've offered pet 'help' in other threads and it wasn't pretty.

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I'll be sure to take my time with buying guinea pigs ;). Thank you all for the advice!