Q:

What are the first signs of a pregnant guinea pig?

A:

Quick Answer

The first sign of a guinea pig pregnancy is an enlarged abdominal area. The stomach does not enlarge until later in the pregnancy, so often the pregnancy isn't noticed until halfway through the gestation period

Continue Reading

Full Answer

The enlargement of the abdomen gives the guinea pig a narrow upper half and wide bottom half. Guinea pigs do not build nests, but a pregnant guinea may drink more frequently and move less the closer she gets to delivery. A separation of the pelvic region near the outside genitalia will develop about a week before she gives birth. Labor and delivery takes around 30 minutes, and litters can range from one to six babies.

Learn more about Pets
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is a coronet guinea pig?

    A:

    The coronet guinea pig is a rare breed of guinea pig with long, silky hair and a crest on its forehead. Due to its long coat, this breed requires consistent grooming.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you bathe a guinea pig?

    A:

    Guinea pigs do not need regular baths, but a bath every other month will help to keep a guinea pig clean. When it comes to baths, some guinea pigs behave calmly and enjoy the warm water and gentle massage that comes with a bath. Others will react negatively to the water and try to escape the bath.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a skinny guinea pig?

    A:

    Skinny guinea pigs come from a breed that is mostly hairless. Skinny guinea pigs usually have sparse hair on their faces, legs and feet, but most of their body lacks the fur that covers other members of their species. The related Baldwin breed is completely hairless.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long does a guinea pig live?

    A:

    On average, guinea pigs live five to seven years, but they can live as long as 14 years. Some breeds tend to live longer than others, and males tend to live longer than females.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore