They may survive for up to seven years, so they may outlast a child's interest. As a result, it is critical that the adults in the family share the children's enthusiasm for the guinea pig. As with any little pets, an adult must be in charge of ensuring that the youngsters provide proper care and attention. If not, then the guinea pig may die before its time.
Indoors, guinea pigs can live up to eleven years. Outdoors, they usually don't live longer than eight or nine years.
In both cases, however, they can live much longer if they are given a healthy lifestyle. Poor quality hay or other feedings can cause your guinea pig to become obese; this increases his risk of developing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease later in life.
Also, indoor-only guinea pigs rarely develop important skills such as learning from experience. This means that they will continue to seek out negative situations without learning how to deal with change. For example, if left alone in the house after you go away for work or school, they may chew on furniture or other items that are dangerous to eat. This can lead to injury or even death if they consume something toxic.
Since guinea pigs cannot swim, they should never be left in a cage by themselves in water.
Most guinea pigs have a life expectancy of 5 to 8 years. A guinea pig's life span, like that of humans, is influenced by genetics, environment, and food. Genetics are the main factor in determining how long a guinea pig can live. Factors such as health at birth, diet, exercise, and care also play a role in extending or shortening a guinea pig's lifespan.
In general, guinea pigs live between five and eight years. They reach this age regardless of their initial weight or breed. However, it takes heavier guinea pigs longer to reach these ages than smaller animals. Also, male guinea pigs live on average for fewer years than female counterparts (six vs. seven).
Heavy animals need more food and attention than light ones, so they usually don't live as long as light animals who eat less and require less care. Breeds differ in their typical lifespans. Long-lived breeds such as albino strains may live up to 14 years. Average-lived breeds typically live about seven to nine years. Younger breeds often fail to reach sexual maturity before dying from illnesses related to their immature immune systems.
Food is one of the guinea pig's biggest killers.
Guinea pigs are considered adults between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. Adults are no longer developing, but they still require macronutrients like fiber and protein, as well as micronutrients like the vitamins and minerals contained in a consistently supplemented timothy hay-based meal. Feeding guidelines recommend that guinea pigs be given approximately 15% of their body weight in daily servings.
Male guinea pigs typically grow to an average weight of about 1 pound (500 grams), while females tend to be smaller, weighing around 0.5 pound (250 grams). Young guinea pigs can be fed either meat or milk products such as baby food; however, they should not be given milk after they reach about 10 weeks old because they will then start producing milk themselves which may lead to health problems. Guinea pigs do not need much food at once, but rather should be offered small amounts several times per day.
They have very large metabolisms for their size, so eating too little could be just as harmful as eating too much. It is best to start feeding your guinea pig early on, and continue doing so for as long as they live comfortably within your household. They can remain healthy for many years if cared for properly. Although they cannot swim or run fast like other animals, guinea pigs are very efficient at moving away from danger. This means that if one does encounter a predator, it has plenty of time to send up a warning call before being eaten.