Tip 1: How to determine the age of the guinea pig

Select guinea pig should be a long and meticulously.And it is not even the fact that she should like you to be healthy and physically.Since the life expectancy of these animals is not very large, it is best to buy gilts, to the joy of communicating with them could last much longer.But how do you determine how many weeks, months or even years guinea pig lived until you've looked into the pet shop?
you need
  • scales, care and a keen eye
Guide
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most simple - ask the retailer or breeder.Of course, in this case, you can only rely on the honesty of a man and believe that he is not trying to palm off on you instead of the youthful animal aged veteran.If the seller can not answer your question or starts to wriggle out - better to buy an animal elsewhere.From scam or breeders who do not accurately represent the age of their animals, it is better to stay away.
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One of the most accurate indicators of the age of the guinea pig is her weight.Do not hesitate to bring the instrument or ask the
seller if you weigh pig on store scales.The fact that from the age of 3-4 weeks (and from that moment, these animals begin to be marketed) guinea pig, no matter how much she did not eat, can not weigh more than 400-500 grams.Therefore, if the seller assures you that animals are only four weeks old, and pulled morskushechka per kilogram - you are deceived.Full puberty in gilts comes at the age of 15 months, the maximum weight of females at the time of 700-1000 m., Male - 1000-1800gr.
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Sometimes it happens that age guinea pig starts to lose weight.There is already closer to the age when metabolic processes are slower and the animal begins to eat less food, giving up large pieces.A dishonest dealer can give you such an old man for a young animal.That is why in addition to the weight you need to pay attention to the secondary characteristics of youth.In young pigs hair thicker, has a distinctive color, does not fall and does not tarnish.In guinea pigs, pensioners may be problems with the skin and claws on their hind legs.Usually forelegs animals treated themselves, but to the rear just can not reach.If you keep the animal at home, his claws must be processed with special scissors, but the store is, of course, to do this so nobody backdrop claws in the adult does not look very aesthetically pleasing.

Tip 2: How to determine the sex of the guinea pig

When buying an animal you always want to be sure that it will be necessary to you the floor.This is especially true of those who are planning to breed.Paul guinea pigs quite difficult to determine at an early age, eventually sexual identity becomes visible to the naked eye.Buying guinea pig, do not hesitate to examine it from all sides, because you buy an animal to be healthy and fit sex.
How to determine the sex of the guinea pig
Guide
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Take neat pig and put it on your palm.If a large pig, then stick it to the back of the second hand.
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Gently push the bottom of the abdomen (should be done so that the animal was not hurt) or move the skin of the animal to the chest.If you accidentally make an animal sick, further clarification of the floor will not be possible, the guinea pig will start to get nervous.
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With light pressure on the lower abdomen, the male can be felt under the skin on the flagellum, this is the penis.During pressing, he could get out, but it's not terrible.

In adult males, everything is clear, easily visible scrotum, which is located near the base of the tail.On view is a small, round-shaped pouch.
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In females you see sexual organ resembling the letter Y, which has an extension in the lower abdomen and narrows the base of the tail.
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worth noting that female genital organs are always less than that of males.
Note
To determine the sex, the animal it is necessary to turn back.Determine the sex of an adult animal is much easier, because the penis of the male is already well developed.In pigs can not determine the sex of the presence or absence of the nipple, as they are in females and males.
Helpful Hint
polovye External signs of guinea pigs are mild, and to determine the sex of young svinok for the inexperienced amateur is quite problematic.In male guinea pig is more noticeable.Sexing guinea pig and perhaps more radical sootvetstvenno, and more reliable way: turn the animal belly up and gently push the lower abdomen poblizosti of the external genitalia.
Sources:
  • how to distinguish between sex guinea pigs
Note
Nor should acquire the guinea pig, which is under the age of four weeks.Three-week animals are still very vulnerable and need special care to ensure that every lover of animals in the state.Best Buy animal aged four weeks of age and older.
Helpful Hint
Note that the behavior of the guinea pig.Older individuals are more sluggish and lethargic, eat less, sleep better and look sleepy.In addition, young pigs are constantly concerned with flirting with a female, but veterans such zeal is not observed.

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