Caring for elderly guinea pigs isn’t talked about a lot, so let’s talk about it today. Guinea pigs can live from 5 - 7 years depending on their health and how they are raised! Each piggie shows signs of aging differently and at different rates. It really shows in their activity, physical appearance, and more. Many believe that piggies show their senior side after 3 years of age, some show signs way later in their lifetime. Hopefully these tips will give you an easier time understanding and caring for your guinea pig no matter what age they are. Better to be prepared!
1. Comfortable Living
It’s important to keep your elderly piggies comfortable in any possible way. You can do this by providing plenty of plush and soft places for your piggie to rest. Since older piggies sleep more, a bed or soft fleece liner would be a good alternative to a shaving type of bedding. And because they sleep more, this means they stay in one place for longer periods of time so you may have to clean their home a little more frequently than when they were younger! Be sure to also limit the amount of toys and obstacles you place inside their cage so that they will be able to have easier access to the necessities. Things that are hard to climb, like ramps, should be removed. Keep everything on a single floor so your piggie doesn’t have to work too hard when walking around!
2. Health Issues
3. Food and Water
Guinea pigs should still be loved just as much as when they were young! Just because they need a bit more care doesn’t mean they can’t give the same amount of love to you. Be sure you familiarize yourself with your guinea pig’s habits and routine so that you can spot when it changes and don't be scared to quickly reach out to a vet when problems arise.