Guinea pigs are smaller pets, but they require plenty of space, time, effort, and human interaction. If you are willing to give your guinea pig a good home with proper food, attention, living space, grooming, and veterinary care, you will be well rewarded with a happy, healthy, and very fun guinea pig.
- Keep your guinea pigs' water bottle clean and change the water daily. The best water dispenser is a guinea pig/rabbit bottle with the little ball in the spout. A dog water bowl that has never been used by a dog can work if the bowl is low enough for the guinea pig to put its front legs on the rim and dip its head in to drink. Be aware that guinea pigs can poop in the dog bowl and or pee in the dog bowl.It's advised to use hanging elevated food and water dispensers
- Be sure to clean the water bottle nozzle frequently with a Q-tip to keep it free of obstructions and food residue that can breed harmful bacteria and clog the water flow.
- The water bottle itself can be cleaned by placing uncooked rice and a little water in the bottle, and then shaking it vigorously. The rice will dislodge any greenish (algae) build-up.
- If the cage is in the sun for part of the day, this can contribute to algae build-ups. In this case, cover the bottles with an opaque cloth to avoid algae.
- Avoid adding anything to the water such as vitamin tablets. They do not provide effective nutrients and can make your guinea pigs refuse to drink.