- The cage should be kept in a warm, dry place
with lots of light, but out of direct sunlight or
draught. It is best for the cage to be on a table
rather than on the floor.
- The cage should not contain sharp objects.
- The cage's filling should not be entirely of
newspaper, since ink is often poisonous for the
- All fruit and vegetables must be washed carefully
and dried before being fed; there must always be
hay in the cage, but feeding hay must be separated from
the bedding hay.
- During the cold half of the year (end of autumn,
winter, beginning of spring) it is best for the
guinea pigs to have a house in the cage. If not
available, it can be replaced with lots of straw.
- The guinea pigs' diet must not contain any poisonous
or harmful plants. You can find a list of them on
the Feeding page.
- All adult guinea pigs (especially those
older than four years) must be fed vitamins. Liquid
vitamins are added to the drinking water. It must
be changed at least once a day even if it's not
finished, to avoid nasty chemical reactions. The
most needed vitamin for guinea pigs is the vitamin