I bet I will make you smile in the next 5 minutes.
I have a sheltie, and when people ask me why they want one too it is pretty simple: They’re adorable! Once we get them there’s no going back because our pets are all-or nothing propositions so if this sounds like something for your home then please read on fellow guinea pig lover 🙂
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Sheltie Guinea Pig
Guinea pigs are just a little furry creature that belong to the genus Cavia and family Caviidae.
Their binomial name is Cavia Porcellus, which means “porcupine pig.” Breeders tend to use cavy when referring them while in scientific or laboratory contexts it’s more typically referred as guinea pig due its uncommonness for an animal having this suffix -“a”.
I like how unusual my pet Sheltie sounds! You don’t see every day creatures with names ending with ‘guina’ anymore than you do dogs named after Dash Buttons from Nintendo.
While their origins hail from South America (in case you didn’t know), these rodents found homes across Europe before migrating northwards into North America where
Silkie or Sheltie
A Sheltie guine pig also called a “Silkie,” is the best-known for its luxurious coat. It developed in 1974 due to crossbreeding between Peruvian and Self Black Guinea Pigs; their weight can vary from 1.5 lbs all way up 2 pounds with an average length of 8 inches long when fully grown (and measured).
The lifespan on these pets are around 11 – 14 years old! You need plenty time if you want them live this long so let me tell ya what else needs caring about first before anything else: clean water dish & bedding materials such as wood shavings or papers–careful not too use litter Box type products because it doesn’t offer enough natural benefits.
In Great Britain, they’re known by the name of Sheltie guinea pig. In America however, one might confuse them for Peruvian Silkies due their similarities in appearance and hair texture; but there are actually two different breeds that differ greatly from each other when it comes to these things:
First off you’ll notice how much shorter compared with other species’ fur coat length this breed has since most people don’t have long locks like Rapunzel here which covers all over ones bodies or flowing freely down past one shoulder! Secondarily not having any facial coverings aside maybe just some short stubble if necessary means quite obviously better eyesight than human beings typically possess right? And finally because unlike those furry creatures native across South American.
Sheltie Guinea Pig Safety
You don’t want your Sheltie missing, do you? That would make him sad.
Use metal cages to keep them from escaping and be sure the bars are close by because if these little guys have a chance at getting out then it’s game over for both of us!
The best size cage is 10 square feet which will give plenty space inside where they can stay safe while still being able enjoy their time outside in peace. Make sure not only does he have room on all sides but also near any doorways or windows into his new home as well – we’ll talk more about why that matters later down this road together 😉
Bedding your Sheltie Guinea Pig
When it comes to beddings for animals, most people are drawn into thinking newspaper. But you cannot use this because they contain ink that can harm your Shelties and potentially kill them!
A better choice of material would be wood shavings or even paper – which is more environmentally friendly than Newspaper as well (no trees cut down). The two types I suggest using are:
Wood Shavings- these have been shown in studies done by the University at Buffalo School of medicine’s Department if Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; one study found out how important various fats present on dog’s skinand fur plays when providing protective barrier against irritants such as dust mites .
This is extremely useful in the case of guinea pigs, who are particularly sensitive to humidity and benefit from good ventilation. Another study have shown that cellulose fibers are able to bind antimicrobial peptides present on guinea pig’s skin.
Paper– this type of litter is usually made up of recycled paper – it’s more natural and unlike mulch or shavings, the guinea pig’s feet won’t get hurt easily while digging in it. This is a great material for “litter box” type of cage that has a grate-like floor, as paper would provide better insulation from cold and warmth than shavings would.
Do not ever use any type of shavings that are intended for horses, as they may cause respiratory problems in guinea pigs. If you’re not sure – better use paper.
Choose a litter depth between 1 inch and 3 inches (2-8 cm) depending on the size of your pet – if he’s big or becoming big; use 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) of litter.
If you can’t change the type of substrate used in your pet’s cage, try mixing it with some pelleted paper or even sawdust – keeping in mind that during cleaning process, most of this material will be mixed with urine and feces; so using more than one type of material is actually beneficial.
If you can’t provide your pet with a guinea pig-friendly substrate, make sure to use towels and/or fleece for lining the bottom of his cage – just be extra careful when washing them in hot water.
More recent studies have been done that show that pine or cedar shavings are only slightly better than newspaper or clumping cat litter. Animal shelters are now moving away from using cedar or pine, because of the concerns related to respiratory problems and other health effects.
Sheltie Guinea Pig Food
The Sheltie deserves a good diet to keep them healthy and strong.
The most important thing for your pet’s well being is the right type of food, which should be rich in fiber as well as other essential nutrients like protein or fat. Too many starches and sugars can lead him onto bad dietary paths that will cause muscular dystrophy, metastatic calcification difficulties during pregnancy (which could lead into vitamin deficiencies), teeth problems–or even death! Plants are not really their friend when it comes down these issues because they don’t produce any Vitamin C themselves so if you’re feeding anything but green veggies make sure there plenty on offer too at all times
Fruits also play an integral role; just remember. It’s important to provide your Sheltie with a healthy diet, including vitamin C.
I use pellets for this purpose because they’re not just made of the chemical needed by dogs and can be chewed easily even if you have an oversized dog like me! You should also keep some fresh produce in their cage at all times – as I said before chewing helps them grow while keeping teeth nice and clean too!.
Harmful Food For Shelties
Shelties are always trying new things, and they like to get into the garden. Of course there will be some food that these little animals shouldn’t eat- onions & garlic for instance can cause death from anemia or hemoglobin breakage respectively in guinea pigs. Iceberg lettuce is also very bad if given too much of it! Now I have one question for you: do you happen to live near rhubarb?
If so then fence off all access points immediately because this plant poses several dangers such as choking hazards when consumed by small children who may try touching its leaves with their bare hands while eating other foods on dishes.
So you have rhubarb in your garden? Don’t let any animal get close to it. The leaves of the plant are poisonous, and if they eat it there’s a chance that will kill them too! Here’s everything else not on this list: potatoes, beans chocolate candy tomato stalks nuts avocado meat etcetera… Now I’m curious- do YOU know what consequences could happen from giving THIS type food – yeah right!!!
Exercise Time of Sheltie Guinea Pigs
Take these tiny creatures out to exercise every single day. They’re more consistent than most people in exercising, so I recommend securing one corner of your living room or some other room with free space where you can securely place their cage without worrying about them escaping and running around the house (which also means no electrical cables). You might have even bought them at this point because they were shy when first released from quarantine – don’t worry!
This is common for new pets who are still mastering all skills required; once those behaviors fade away naturally over time as well-trained animals then it’s just like having another family member again.
Sleeping Cycle of Sheltie Guinea Pig
“They sleep around 4 hours every day!” sounds like something most people can relate to, right? That’s why they need constant access to food and water. But what about exercise or entertainment for their furry friends? Well that would make them even happier! My suggestion is never take one guinea pig because it needs so much attention in order be happy.”
Imagine yourself in a cage with just one piggy. It’s not very exciting; they have feelings too! That’s why it is important to take two guinea pigs and make sure both are the same sex so that territorial disputes won’t happen, which can lead to serious wounds being inflicted on each other through fighting .
It might seem like something familiar from when you see your parents fight but this time around things will be much more brutal because instead of seeing them communicating calmly or using words we understand , all communication would likely consist only out grunts (or worse) – this isn’t good at all though since if anything were happening between these animals near me then there could possibly end up being bloodshed right before my eyes.
Are You The Right Person To Own A Sheltie
You won’t read this article if you aren’t interested in Shelties. Now, take a few minutes and think about the following questions: is owning one really what your looking for? Can I provide them with everything they need to live their life happily as mine has been living since we got our first guinea pig together over 20 years ago when my children were small . If not now then maybe later down the line after kids or other responsibilities might come along but until then these are just some things that should be considered before getting another furry friend into your life-wise more than happy home!
It can be heart-breaking not to get the pet you want, but it’s a reality for most teenagers. You’ll figure out what your priorities are soon enough; until then just keep thinking about this and if owning a guinea pig is really worth all that trouble!
I know there are lots who have their hearts set on having one as well–and they’re probably right in doing so too because these little guys/gals will make great pets (once trained).
This blog post detailed everything you need to know about caring for your Sheltie Guinea Pig. From bedding, feeding, and exercise time to their sleeping cycle, we provided the information that will help keep your pet healthy and happy so they can live a long life with you! As always, if there is anything else you want to learn about care of this wonderful animal please reach out or leave us a comment below. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have on these furry friends. Remember- before purchasing one as an addition to the family make sure that it is right for both them AND YOU!