For most people, simply owning one of these beautiful animals is enjoyable enough

For most people, simply owning one of these beautiful animals is enjoyable enough. But some enthusiasts like to take it further and try their hand at breeding these beautiful creatures. While it is a tricky process, it can be hugely enjoyable, and helps to make you feel even closer to your cavies.

If you would like to have a go at rearing cavies. If this is the case, it is crucial that you think very carefully before going for it. Here is a list of a few essential things to consider:

At What Age To Mate Guinea Pigs

While they can produce babies virtually from birth, this is usually considered much too young to do so, and can endanger your pets. You must wait until they are old enough before attempting to breed them.

Male guinea pigs, or boars, shouldn’t be used for breeding until they are about 4 months old. Females, known as sows, shouldn’t be mated until they reach 5 months. Males are able to breed throughout their lives, but sows can encounter complications during pregnancy if they are older than 10 months.

During Pregnancy

It is important to keep male and female guinea pigs in separate cages until they reach maturity. Once they do, you can simply put them in together. However, you keep boars apart, as they can become territorial and begin to fight, but it is ok to put more than one female in with each boar.

You can spot a pregnant female because she will no longer be interested in the boar. Once she is pregnant you should move her to her own cage, so that she can give birth in peace. You should give her a cage large enough to house the mother and all of her pups.

Once The Pups Are Born

Baby guinea pigs like to have sufficient space to scamper around in. Because of this, you should put mother and pups into a big enough cage. You should be prepared to buy them a bigger home if they run out of space in their current one.

Occasionally a sow will reject one of her pups. In these situations, it becomes your responsibility to rear it. Although this can be a tough and demanding job, you will build a very special connection with this baby, making it a very rewarding experience.

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