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Guinea Pig Care Guide

Guinea Pigs
A Cavy Care Guide

Guinea pigs, Cavia porcellus, are commonly known as cavies (singular is cavy).

Life Span: around 5-7 years is typical, although up to 10 isn't too unusual.

Size: Approximately 10 inches long, 2-3 pounds.

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Guinea Pigs
Housing and Feeding

Housing for Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs, as mentioned previously, do best kept in groups of two or more, but most readily available commercial cages are not large enough to house a pair of pigs. The guideline is 2 square feet per guinea pig, so for a pair you would need 4 square feet. Some sources recommend 3 square feet for a pair, which is acceptable for a short time but is a pretty cramped situation for the pigs.

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