Getting Started - New Owners' Most Helpful Guides


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The New Owners starter guide collection addresses in practical detail the most often encountered issues (settling in, interacting, understanding behaviour) and combines them with essential care guides (diet, housing, boar care etc)., learning what is normal and how to spot illness quickly as well as some important resources. It is hopefully helping you to a smooth start!

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New Owners' Most Helpful How-To Guides and Information

Contents overview
Settling in and interacting with your guinea pigs
What to check and look out for in new guinea pigs (vet checks, sexing, parasites&illness)

Arrival in a home from the perspective of pet shop guinea pigs
How Do I Settle Shy New Guinea Pigs?
Understanding Prey Animal Instincts, Guinea Pig Whispering And Cuddling Tips
How To Pick Up And Weigh Your Guinea Pig

Who is the boss - Your guinea pig or you?
" Biting" And What You Can Do

Family guinea pigs
Children And Guinea Pigs - A Guide For Parents
Children And Guinea Pigs - Age Appropriate Interaction And Responsibilities.
Guinea Pig Names: considerations, solutions, inspiration and resources

Long Term Balanced General And Special Needs Guinea Pig Diets
A Comprehensive Hay Guide for Guinea Pigs (incl. providers in several countries)
Edible And Forbidden Veg And Fruit List With Vitamin C Grading
All About Drinking And Bottles
Feeding Grass And Preparing Your Piggies For Lawn Time

Housing and climate protection
Getting Guinea Pigs? Items You'll Need To Buy?
Cage Size Guide
All About C & C Grid Cages Around The World
Sourcing Conventional Cages And Hutches
Bedding For Guinea Pigs - Overview

Hot Weather Management and Heat Strokes
Cold Weather Care For Guinea Pigs

Safe and dangerous toys and cage accessories
Enrichment Ideas for Guinea Pigs
Potentially Dangerous Cage Accessories And Toys

Guinea pig body and care
Sexing Guide
Guinea pig body quirks - What is normal and what not?
Weight - Monitoring and Management

Boar Care: Bits, Bums & Baths
Guide to Cutting Guinea Pig Nails

Behaviour and social needs
Guinea Pig Facts - An Overview
Guinea Pigs And Rabbits - Why Not

Bonding and Interaction: Illustrated social behaviours and bonding dynamics
Sows: Behaviour and female health problems (including ovarian cysts)
A Comprehensive Guide to Guinea Pig Boars
Adding More Guinea Pigs Or Merging Pairs – What Works And What Not?
Bonds In Trouble
Single Guinea Pigs - Challenges and Responsibilities

Preparing for illness
Syringe Training Before The Need For Medicating
Early Signs Of Illness

When to see a vet
How Soon Should My Guinea Pig See A Vet? - A Quick Guide
List Of Life And Death Out-of-hours Emergencies
Emergency and Bridging Care until a Vet Appointment
Not Eating And The Importance Of Syringe Feeding

Insurance & vet fee information and recommended vets
veterinary fees - some important information

Recommended UK vets: Guinea Pig Vet Locator
Recommended vets in the US and some other countries: Guinea Lynx :: GL's Vet List

Recommended guinea pig rescues
These good standard rescues are by far the safest place for getting guinea pigs that do not come with nasty surprises. Please note that in English speaking countries anybody can call themselves a rescue or a breeder without licence or control.
We can only guarantee for the listed carefully checked rescues.

Recommended UK rescues: Guinea Pig Rescue Centre Locator
Recommended rescues in the US and some other countries: Guinea Lynx :: Rescue Organizations

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