Monday, January 31, 2011

Quiz Answers!

Okay everyone, here are the answers for the Critter Care quizzes:

What is the Average Lifespan of a Pet Tree Frog?

The answer is... 5 to 15 years. They can even live up to 20 years!

How Much Pellet Food should you feed a pet guinea pig daily?

The answer is... 1/8 to 1/4 of a cup. This of course should be fed along with hay and fresh veggies.

Don't forget to vote on this week's quizzes!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Recommended Reading

Hi Everyone! Each week I am going to do a "recommended reading" post. Each week I will recommend some book or website all about taking care of critters. 

This weeks recommended reading is for all rabbit lovers out there that want to know a little bit more about these furry, little creatures:

Rabbits For Dummies

The "for dummies" series is one of my favorites for pet care. The books are packed with loads of tips and information. I have gotten a lot of my rabbit information from this book. Even if you are not a dummy this book can teach you a lot!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Guinea Pig Care: Guinea Pigs as Pets

Hi everyone! I am starting a new pet care series on guinea pigs. Today's post is going to be a little bit about the guinea pig and what they are like as pets.

First thing you need to know is that guinea pigs are not actually pigs, and they are not from Guinea.
Guinea pigs are also called "cavies" and are related to the Capybara and the Pantagonian Cavy. Guinea pigs came from the area of Peru in South America. Another name for guinea pig is "whistle pig" because of the sound they make. They live for 5 to 8 years and they are about 7 to 10 inches long.

So here is what the Guinea Pig is like as a pet:

Guinea pigs make excellent pets. Once they get used to their owners they are very sweet and loving. Guinea pigs in general are rather nervous a lot of the time. However, most guinea pigs won't bite even when they are extremely frightened. This is one of the main reasons that guinea pigs are popular pets for children. Guinea pigs are cute and fun to watch and listen to. They make a lot of interesting noises from chattering to squeaking to the signature guinea pig "Wheeeeek!".

So here are some things that one should know when they are thinking about getting a guinea pig:

They can be noisy,
They are pretty messy,
You should never have only one guinea pig. You need to have at least two because guinea pigs are social animals and they need to be able to hear and socialize with other guinea pigs. Without another guinea pig or two, a lonely guinea pig can become very stressed. In fact, guinea pigs are much friendlier with their owners if they are kept in pairs. A guinea pig kept alone tends to be unfriendly.

Next time: Cage requirements for guinea pigs

Critter Care Quizzes!

So my new cool thing for this new blog is Critter Care Quizzes. Each week I will post a question about Critter Care and a question about a certain animal and you all can vote for which of four answers you think is correct. At the end of the week I will post which one was the correct answer. Enjoy!


Hi everyone! Welcome to my new Critter Care blog! I hope you enjoy it. Soon I will have all my old critter care posts over here hopefully, and expect some more hamster care posts. I will also start posting about taking care of other critters like ferrets, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, gerbils, and pretty much any pet that I have had experience taking care of.