How to Take Care of Baby Guinea Pigs ?
Hand-rearing newborn guinea pigs can be difficult and time-consuming. This is a huge responsibility that should not be done lightly, and there are a few things to think about before opting to grow guinea pigs by hand.
Most crucial, you must make certain that the mom guinea pig is not feeding her offspring. Unless such a mother guinea pig is proven to be deceased, there’s a considerable probability she’s still feeding her offspring. Mom guinea pigs, on the whole, are not as attentive to their young as we might imagine.
Mother guinea pigs only feed their kids just a few times every day and then release them in their ways. Guinea pigs are blessed with the ability to walk, see, and hear, and within a few days, they will begin nibbling on solid foods and drinking milk from their mother.
How to Take Care of Baby Guinea Pigs ?
Look at the infants’ condition if you suspect the mother guinea pig is “ignoring” her litter. If the newborn guinea pig’s tummies are round and full-looking, energetic and bright, warm and chattering away, making small noises, the mother guinea pig is most likely nourishing them.
You may need to intervene if the newborns are chilly, lethargic, or have small bellies. It’s a great idea to check the newborns regularly to ensure that they’re developing and getting fat properly.
Taking Care of Baby Guinea Pigs
Hands must be well washed before touching the babies. This also removes bacteria, but it also removes any odors from other items or animals that may cause the baby to become stressed. To fragrance your hands, massage them in some clean, fresh hay and on the mother guinea pig’s fur after they’ve been cleaned.
What Kind of Guinea Pig Formula Should I Give My Baby Guinea Pigs?
The Wombaroo Milk comes highly recommended. It’s a high-quality vitamin C supplement (which is very important for young guinea pigs). It comes in the form of a powder that can be blended with warm water to make baby milk. The packaging contains all of the mixing directions.
Do You Need Additional Feeding Supplies?
You’ll also need some small plastic syringes to feed the milk to the newborns, in addition to that same feeding formula. These are available in our centers and most pharmacies. Large pet stores also sell little plastic feeding bottles and teats, but you’ll need to get the tiniest teat you can find, as the puppy and kitten nips are usually too huge. The majority of infant guinea pigs will happily eat from a syringe.
We recommend keeping a tiny size on hand to weigh the young guinea pigs and keep track of their weight daily. The quantity of milk to feed is determined by the age of the baby.
A weighted graph and the quantity of milk to be fed over 24 hours may be found on the Wombaroo Guinea Pig Milk box. The frequency with which you feed the young guinea pig will be determined by how much they will eat in a single feeding session.
How to Feed?
- Before using, make sure all of your syringes and bottles have been completely cleaned.
- Guinea pigs in their early stages are wiggly and temperamental. They take a rapid and unexpected leap. A one- or two-foot plunge can be deadly, so ensure they’re nourished and kept in a safe setting.
- In one hand, hold the baby in a regular sitting position, and the bottles or injection in another. Otherwise, place the newborn guinea pig on the ground or a table (securely) and feed him with the beverage held slightly vertical next to him.
- Initially, babies may resist feeding, and you should resist the urge to force-feed them. If a baby refuses to take the teat or syringe, wet the baby’s lips with a drop of warm formula and let it lick away. Repeat the procedure as needed once it has swallowed that. Be persistent while remaining polite. Although not on the first feeding, the infant will soon learn about feeding time and will generally learn to take the formula readily.
- Avoid squeezing too much feed through into tiny guinea pigs’ mouths. Because they can easily inhale milk, pour the formula gradually for the baby to lap up.
- Allow the infant to suckle from the teat without exerting any pressure on him. The baby must be able to feed strong enough just to empty the container or syringe without your assistance. If you use too much force, the baby may aspirate formula that is coming in too quickly.
- It is not a major issue if the newborns do not suckle. Most people would learn to lap or suck as from the teat’s end, which is safer because it reduces the chance of aspirations. To further limit the danger of aspiration, try holding the teat or syringe tip sideways or down-pointed about the mouth.
Is it Necessary to Keep Baby Guinea Pigs Warm?
It’s preferable to keep young babies in a tiny box or travel cage in a warm, quiet environment. Two or even more newborns hug to keep one another warm for warmth. If there is just one baby, a hot water bottle or warmth pack covered in a terry cloth can provide a good source of heat, but ensure the guinea pig can move away from heat until it becomes too hot.
Many young mammals are unable to pee or defecate independently. To emit a stream of urine and feces, most infant guinea pigs will require stimulation of the mother’s grooming tongue on their belly and genital region.
To simulate this behavior, gently tap or rub the urogenital area with a cotton ball saturated with warm water until you feel the baby’s abdominal strain and a stream of pee is produced. It may take 15-20 seconds of stimulus, or even longer, to elicit a urine response.