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.Continue Reading
Diet has an impact on the longevity of guinea pigs. Feeding them Timothy hay or orchard grass along with fruits that contain vitamin C is recommended.
Proper medical care is essential in extending the lives of guinea pigs. They are prone to conditions called tongue entrapment, in which the teeth grow too large, and bumblefoot, which involves foot ulcers. Prompt treatment of these conditions increases the likelihood the guinea pig lives a normal lifespan.
As guinea pigs age, they begin to sleep more while eating, drinking and exercising less. Arthritis, stroke, heart attack, cataracts and tumors may develop.Learn more about Pets
Doctors Foster and Smith recommend using a product containing pyrethrins, which is the same ingredient found in some products used to treat fleas in cats, to treat fleas in guinea pigs. Pyrethrins are natural chemicals extracted from the flowers of chrysanthemums.Full Answer >
An Abyssinian guinea pig is similar to a common guinea pig, except the Abyssinian guinea pig has rosettes. Rosettes are cowlicked patches of fur that cover the body of the animal. Many Abyssinian guinea pigs have 10 rosettes, but some only have eight. These animals range in color, and they have silky, shiny fur, unlike common guinea pigs, which typically have rough, short fur.Full Answer >
Guinea pigs require a cage, bedding, food and water for basic care. The animals should also have plenty of exercise and regular health care checkups from a veterinarian.Full Answer >
Guinea pigs are relatively vocal animals and use squeaking as a way to communicate emotions such as fear and happiness, according to About.com. Not only do guinea pigs squeak to communicate with other guinea pigs, but also as a way to communicate with humans.Full Answer >