Guinea pigs are known as gentle animals with sensitive inner organs and delicate bones. They tend to jump more often and nervous by nature. In this case, it is probably necessary to take extra care so we could prevent injuries. New owners of guinea pigs should adjust to their new surroundings. They may prevent traumatic experiences on the pets by avoid cuddling, causing loud noises and looming suddenly like a predatory animals.
When dealing with younger guinea pigs, we should put ourselves at eye level with them. It is generally necessary to avoid interaction between guinea pigs and other pets in the house, especially carnivores. Some breeds of dogs may be inherently predatory and they can be potentially dangerous when placed near our guinea pigs. Smaller children should also be reminded that guinea pigs need quietness and peace to adjust. Average guinea pigs don’t like to be held and they may not get used to be constantly carried. If picked against their will, guinea pigs could try to struggle and escape. As they struggle, we should be careful not accidentally drop them or squeeze them too hard.
Because guinea pigs are delicate pets, there is special technique to pick them up. We could start by approaching them from the front and stroke them gently on the head. We could also talk gently to keep our pet calm. The next step is to place one under the chest of our guinea pig, specifically just behind their front feet and we can use the other hand to properly support their hindquarters. Then, we could bring our pet against our chest and try to find the most secure position. We should keep a firm grip, but don’t squeeze the guinea pigs, because their inner organs and bones are especially delicate. If our guinea pigs begin to struggle, it is important to lower ourselves down to reduce possibility of injuries if they fall accidentally.
Once we are able to hold them, we should know how long we should hold guinea pigs. In any case, we shouldn’t hold guinea pigs for more than 15 minutes. However, we should consider putting the pigs into the cage if the start to nibble our clothes, whine and become restless. When holding our guinea pigs, we should be able to identify spots that they love most. Most guinea pigs love to be stroked between the ears on the head, even vets stroke the head of pigs to calm them down. Our guinea pigs may also appreciate gentle rub under the chin and on the neck.
We should also know how to put our guinea pigs back to their cage. We shouldn’t cause guinea pigs to struggle while we are trying to put them down. In general, we should have a good hold on our guinea pigs when we return them to the cage. As we put them closer the cage floor, it is likely for the guinea pig to squirm. In this case, we should hold the guinea pigs gently and firmly an inch above the floor until it no longer squirms.