Pixel has the most adorable voice. She is a little chatterbox when you play with her, and squeals when she's separated from her sister Desperoux, asking to be reunited. She's super social, loves to be held, and devours veggie treats and blueberries. She's been held and socialized since he was a baby, so is really comfortable being handled and loves people. Pixel and Desperoux are bonded and must be adopted as a pair.
HOW TO ADOPT: For foster animals, please fill out a critter adoption questionnaire available at the shelter and meet with an animal care officer at the shelter for review. The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave W. The shelter is open six days a week (Tuesday-Sunday), 12-6 pm, and closed on Mondays and holidays. After the review, please allow 5-6 business days for the foster parent to reach out to you to set up a meet and greet. For in-shelter animals, please stop by to fill out the adoption paperwork and meet them!
Guinea pig living quarters are at least 18 inches wide, 14 inches high, and 25 inches deep. The larger the cage, the more active they can be! Traditional stainless-steel cat cages will work; aquariums, however, provide poor ventilation, and mesh or wire-floor cages hurt guinea pigs' tender feet.
When choosing floor linings and cage furnishings, keep in mind that guinea pigs will chew on just about anything to wear down their constantly growing teeth, so everything placed in the cage must be nontoxic. Use plenty of lining material like shredded ink-free paper or commercial nesting materials available at pet-supply stores, for example, because guinea pigs will use the material as both bedding and bathroom.
Remember also to provide plenty of high-quality hay, which these rodents use for nesting and snacking. Do not use materials such as sawdust, cedar chips, or fabrics that may cause respiratory or other health problems. Finally, provide your guests with a gnawing log (such as an untreated fruit tree branch), tunnels to crawl through, and platforms to climb on. Add a heavy food bowl resistant to tipping and gnawing and a water bottle with a sipper tube.
Feed these animals commercial guinea pig food, formulated especially for the species. These herbivores require a lot of vitamin C, so feed them fresh veggies such as kale and cabbage and ask the assisting veterinarian about vitamin supplements. Treat guinea pigs to fruits, including melon slices and apples (but remove the seeds, which are toxic). GUINEA PIGS MUST HAVE HAY TOO!!