This morning we talked to Kate from Tri County Humane Society about this week's adoptable pet. Brownie is a cool Guinea Pig just looking for a home and family. Guinea pigs are an excellent pet for kids to learn pet a owner's responsibilities. They are pretty low maintenance, just requiring feeding and daily cage cleaning.

Meet Browine! This guinea pig arrived after the previous owner could no longer care for it. Brownie is used to being handled by adults. Unsure with children~~ Guinea pigs are social creatures and do best when housed in pairs or more. Guinea pigs are very vocal creatures and love to squeals, chirps, squeaks, and whistles! Pigs need lots of space to roam.

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A properly sized cage for two or more guinea pigs is a minimum of 24" x 36" floor size. A small house inside the cage is recommended so the guinea pig has a private refuge when stressed or tired. To ensure the good health of your guinea pig, bedding must be kept clean. Aspen or kiln-dried pine shavings are good, inexpensive bedding Guinea pigs require unlimited amounts of fresh timothy hay every day. Guinea pigs are unable to produce their own vitamin C and therefore require supplements on a daily basis.

Since the vitamin C in pellets can dissipate over time, vitamin C can be supplemented by adding the proper dose of powdered or liquid vitamin C to the guinea pig's food or water.  A guinea pigs diet should consist mostly of fresh fruits and veggies- supplemented with pellets daily.

Some guinea pig safe foods are: parsley, bell peppers, romaine lettuce, carrots, spinach, green alfalfa , grapes, apples, and cranberry. Pigs also need daily exercise outside of their cage to stretch their legs- this is also a great time to bond with your piggies!

Guinea pigs teeth never stop growing- this means they need lots of appropriate chew toys such as willow balls, wooden huts, and apple sticks! Brownie cannot wait to meet its fur-ever family Donations and adoption fees help cover the cost of spay/neuter surgeries, micro-chipping, vaccinating, de-worming, any medical procedures and general care.

DEPOSITS MAY BE PLACED ON ADOPTABLE ANIMALS. This information is not updated in real time. To confirm the status on this animal simply call 320-252-0896.

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