Guinea pigs are such tiny creatures that it’s hard to imagine that they can get pregnant — but they can, and they do. If that happens to your furry friend, you might suddenly realize you have no idea how to care for a pregnant guinea pig. But don’t worry — we will tell you all you need to know.
How to Tell If Your Guinea Pig Is Pregnant
A guinea pig pregnancy lasts only about 60 to 75 days, and it might come as quite a surprise — especially if you don’t recognize the signs. Pay close attention to your furry friend if you start noticing any changes to her routine or appearance. It might just mean that a whole tiny litter is on the way!
The first thing you might notice is that your guinea pig eats and drinks more than usual. Of course, that’s because the mom now has to feed her babies and help them grow. However, this change usually doesn’t happen at the beginning of pregnancy, but only after three or four weeks.
Then, you’ll notice that your once lean furry friend gained some weight and became pear-shaped. Also, her abdomen and lower sides will become firmer to the touch and more rounded. When you spot that, it’s almost certain that babies are coming in a few weeks!
But if you want to be 100% sure, you need to actually feel the young with your fingers. Don’t worry — we’re not advising you to somehow hurt your guinea pig. It’s enough to gently rub her abdomen when you notice these changes, and you’ll probably feel little bumps!
How to Care for Your Pregnant Guinea Pig
When you first find out that your guinea pig is expecting, you may be a little concerned. After all, you probably don’t know how to ensure your pet stays safe and healthy during pregnancy. But don’t worry — we are here to tell you all about guinea pig pregnancy and care.
First of all, you should know that pregnancy is not that big of a deal for younger guinea pigs. Obviously, some will still have a harder time. But generally speaking, their pelvis should allow them to give birth naturally without complications.
However, if your guinea pig is older than seven months, make sure to talk to your vet. Sometimes, due to pelvis bones fusing together, older guinea pigs may have a hard time giving birth. Thus, it’s best to see if there’s a way to make the process easier.
Also, don’t forget to provide your furry friend with more nutrients during pregnancy. Aside from fresh water, pellets, and hay, make sure she gets enough vitamin C as well. Yellow, green, and red bell peppers are perfect sources of this nutrient. Top it all off with some delicious fresh greens, and your guinea pig will be healthier than ever!
Now that you know how to recognize and care for a pregnant guinea pig, you have nothing to fear. In fact, you can even let yourself be excited — after all, a whole litter of tiny guinea pigs is coming soon!