Before buying or adopting a pet, there are many factors that one needs to put under consideration. Some of these factors include: the type food which is eaten by the pet, how much care is required by the pet, or how its living space should look like. Having a Himalayan guinea pig can be engaging and fun; however, there are certain things about these creatures that you need to know about before adopting them. The paragraphs below include some of the important facts about the Himalayan guinea pigs.
Often called the Siamese cats of guinea pigs, the Himalayan guinea pig is one of the 10 breeds of guinea pigs in the world. Even though its name suggests otherwise, this breed of guinea pigs isn’t from the Himalayan region of Asia. It is instead from South America. It simply shares some physical similarities with the Siamese cat which is originally from Thailand.
What Makes The Himalayan Unique?
The major factor that distinguishes the Himalayan guinea pigs from the other guinea pig breeds is the fact that they are albino. This breed develops pigment on just its ears, nose, as well as feet. All Himalayan guinea pigs are born pure white with characteristic red eyes. The pigment starts developing as they age, usually in their first few months.
Taking Care Of The Himalayan Guinea Pigs
Since these creatures don’t like a lot of light, create a cage or little place for your pet in a hidden spot inside your house. This spot should be as shady and cozy as it can get. Light and hot environments causes the color on their point to start fading. The climate largely affects their color and for this reason, you need to take good care of them so as to prevent it (their color) from changing. Pay close attention to the points as they can be used to indicate whether the pet is suffering from an illness or it’s frightened by someone or something.
The cage for the Himalayan guinea pig should have a lot of space. You shouldn’t place ramps or shelves in the cage as these can easily trap their feet. You may put a small box in the cage for sleeping or hiding in. The large space will enable your pet to play and do enough exercise.
Feeding the Himalayan
The Himalayans can be fed on any food which is fed to any of the other breeds of guinea pigs. Pellets are a great source of proteins and Vitamin C. Besides being tasty to all guinea pigs, vegetables are full of nutrients that are needed by the guinea pigs. They (the Himalayans) can feed on parsley, carrots, clover, dandelion greens, romaine lettuce, spinach, and/or tomatoes. The Himalayans need timothy grass at all ages. In addition to maintaining their digestive system in good shape, timothy grass helps to prevent their teeth from over-growing. Avoid feeding them with a mixture of nuts, dried fruits and seeds as they can choke on them easily. You should change their water on a daily basis and it (the water) shouldn’t contain any minerals, especially calcium.
Despite being small, the Himalayan is a lovable creature. Whether you are a first-time guinea pig owner, or just want to buy it for your child, this breed of guinea pigs makes a great pet. They will make great pets and you can easily enjoy their presence. They have a friendly personality and if you take care of them very well, they will love spending time with you as their human companion.