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September 16, 2012

PETS OF THE WEEK: Five Guinea pigs in search of new homes

By Ellen Hargle | Special to the Index

This week’s pets of the week are five colorful Guinea pigs – four females and one male.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Guinea pigs make wonderful companions and “rarely bite and are known for squeaking with delight when their favorite humans enter the room.” The ASCPA also calls them excellent starter pets for older children who have mastered proper handling techniques.

Weighing up to a couple of pounds, Guinea pigs are larger than hamsters and smaller than rabbits. Some in this bunch have beautiful tri-colored and calico-colored coats.

Also called the cavy, this docile member of the rodent family is neither related to pigs nor from Guinea. This domesticated species originated in the South American Andes Mountain region.

This healthy litter of smooth-coated Guinea pigs is estimated at less  than a year old – some are about four months old and some nine months. They were surrendered to the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter. The animals can live for five to seven years.

Although they don’t need much, Guinea pigs will need daily care to remain healthy. This includes being fed twice daily, morning and evening, and getting fresh water and fresh bedding daily.

The ASCPA has a number of suggestions on caring and housing Guinea pigs at www.aspca.org/pet-care/small-pet-care/guinea-pig-care.aspx.

The adoption fee for a Guinea pig is $10. To adopt these, or any of numerous dogs and cats, call the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter at (940) 328-7752.

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