How do you handle a guinea pig for the first time?
Being carried is not something that guinea pigs are very used to and are likely to be tricky to handle the first time you try and pick them up.
However, they are the type of animals that love affection and having company around them.
The great thing is the better you handle them, the tamer they can become.
Picking up your guinea pig for the first time can be a tricky thing because they aren’t used to you and will be scared and intimidated by a foreign hand approaching them.
But with a bit of care it can be done well.
How to handle a guinea pig for the first time in 6 steps
1. Start by guiding it to the corner of its home
By picking up the guinea pig in this way then you Will not be in danger of being scratched by the sharp nails of the guinea pig.
Holding your guinea pig is vital in order to build up a bond between you and them. By holding it often you can ensure that it gets to know you and it begins to trust you.
Some points to consider when handling your guinea pig
If you are holding your guinea pig then you do need to be concerned about these things;
- Try not to keep a guinea pig out of its home long enough that it pees or poo’s on you. It will not discriminate where it does its business. A good time frame for being out of the cage is between 10-15 minutes.
- Guinea pigs are able to kick and it is in their nature to do so. When you feed them, this is something they may do. It isn’t something that happens a lot but is something to be aware of.
- Your guinea pig may look to bite your fingers if you hold them close. This is because they think it is food for them to eat not because they are attacking you. Guinea pigs are not attackers but will try and eat most things.
- They love to be stroked on the neck, under the chin and on the head between their ears. This can be a very calming thing for them and they will often appreciate it with a purr.
Over to you
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