Guinea pig insurance

Find out what you need to know about buying and insuring a guinea pig with the help of our guide.Gerbil

Guinea pigs can make a great first pet for children or young families as they are known to be very low maintenance and fun creatures.

They enjoy living with other guinea pigs and are extremely talkative (ie squeaky).

They may have a tendency to be quite nervous at first, but if held regularly they can soon become accustomed to people.

Where can I buy guinea pig insurance?

When you click the 'Get Quotes' button to enter Gocompare.com's pet insurance comparison service, you'll immediately see an option asking whether you're looking to cover a pet other than a cat or dog.

If you're looking to insure a guinea pig, follow that link through to the site of our preferred provider, ExoticDirect,[1] who provide an extensive range of cover for different types of animals, including guinea pigs.

Click on the 'small mammal' section, then answer some basic questions about your pet to receive a quote.

As natural grazers, the majority of your guinea pig's diet should be hay and fresh grass

ExoticDirect's guinea pigs policy covers veterinary fees for an accident or illness which will be capped at a certain level per policy period.

Where can I buy a guinea pig?

Guinea pigs are widely available from pet stores.

They can be sociable critters, and if it's possible to house your pet with other friendly guinea pigs it's recommended.

If you are buying more than one to live together, always check their sex or you may end up with lots of baby guinea pigs on your hands!

What do guinea pigs eat?

As natural grazers, the majority of your guinea pig's diet should be hay and fresh grass, as well as daily fresh vegetables and greens.

Grass-based guinea pig pellets should provide your pet with the vitamin C that they require as they aren't able to make it themselves.

Ideally your pet should be kept in a draught-free environment with access to natural light

Unnecessary changes to your guinea pig's diet should be avoided as they have very sensitive digestive systems.

If you aren't sure whether you should feed your guinea pig a certain food, consult with your vet first.

Find out more about what your pets should and shouldn't eat.

Where should I house my guinea pig?

Ideally your pet should be kept in a draught-free environment with access to natural light, whether they are housed inside or out.

They enjoy scampering around and require a long run to keep them occupied.

This should be scattered with hiding places to give them cover should they ever feel threatened.

Guinea pigs are naturally preyed upon by other animals such as cats and foxes, so they must have an area where they can avoid being seen.

Guinea pigs enjoy having toys to play with and chews to file down their constantly growing front teeth.

Keep your pet healthy by grooming their coats and checking their nails regularly to prevent them from becoming overgrown.

If they begin to act differently or you a notice a change in their pattern of feeding, take them to the vet straight away.

By Abbie Laughton-Coles