The hairless guinea pig is not a widely known breed. It can be compared to a sphinx cat – not everyone will like it. What are bald guinea pigs? Is a hairless guinea pig really suitable for allergy sufferers? Is only skinny a breed of guinea pig without hair? Is the Peruvian mump without fur too? What is the price of this rodent? Read on to learn more about hairless house guinea pig.
For more advice and information, also check out the guinea pig breeds articles here.
Bald guinea pig – reviews
Varieties of domestic guinea pig – guinea pig without hair and with hair
The guinea pig is actually guinea pig and comes from South America. In that part of the world, it is still grown for consumption and laboratory purposes, and not for social purposes (as a hobby).
The breeds of guinea pigs can be divided into:
- short-haired guinea pig
– guinea pig rosette (Abyssinian, Abyssinian), smooth-haired (American), teddy, amercian crested, english crested, rex.
- longhair guinea pig (straight hair) – Peruvian guinea pig (Peruvian guinea pig), sheltie, angora, coronet.
- longhair guinea pig (curly hair) – texel guinea pig, merino, alpaca, lunkarya.
guinea pig without hair
– skinny guinea pig, baldwin.
Home skinny guinea pig was grown in a laboratory. This guinea pig is born without hair. Residual fur is on the limbs and face, and its skin is velvety to the touch. The Baldwin breed has a rough skin. These individuals are born with hair that simply falls out over time.
Is a bald guinea pig suitable for an allergy sufferer?
It is not true that hairless animals do not cause allergies. It’s not the hair that affects it. Allergy is caused by proteins contained in saliva, urine and pheromones. They especially sensitize males because they have more of this protein. Sensitization is also caused by the epidermis. In fact, bald guinea pigs are just as allergenic as those with hair.
Grooming these rodents is extremely important. Hairless guinea pigs need to be bathed once a week and rubbed on the skin with olive oil, because the skin may dry out. As with every caviar, claws are regularly trimmed and teeth checked. The guinea pig usually rubs them on its own when it eats something hard, but sometimes it can grow to such an extent that it is impossible for the cavia to eat. Then you should immediately go to the veterinary clinic. You cannot file a guinea pig’s teeth yourself!
The nature of guinea pigs is similar to each other. They are active day and night, and should be cheerful and energetic. These rodents become attached to humans, provided that they spend enough time with them. Guinea pigs are herd animals, they get close to each other and feel good in each other’s company. However, they have a problem accepting a new individual in the herd.
Recommended products for guinea pigs
The guinea pig’s cage should not stand in the corner, because this creature likes to observe its surroundings. Nor can it be placed in a place where there is a draft. Hairless guinea pigs are not cold-resistant, so a warm cage bedding (e.g. a blanket) is essential. Various hammocks, lairs and low swings should appeal to the caviar, but it is a delicate animal and easily susceptible to various injuries. When you release the guinea pig from its cage, make sure it has a separate section of the floor, otherwise it may hide under the couch and chew on cables. If you are looking for more advice, also check out this article on skinny guinea pigs.
Price and proper feeding of the guinea pig
Breeding of guinea pigs without fur and with hair
Guinea pigs in a pet store cost from 20 to 100 zlotys. However, this is not the best choice. The animals kept there do not have an individually selected diet and have little contact with humans. Subsequent taming of such a rodent can be problematic. In addition, closely related individuals are reproduced, because all guinea pigs live in one cage (usually an aquarium, which, however, does not provide them with adequate ventilation).
The cost of domestic guinea pig from breeding is 100-300 PLN. Not only are you sure these guinea pigs are used to human contact and are well fed, you are also getting a kawaii pedigree. It allows you to take part in exhibitions.
Although you usually have to drive a long way to get a guinea pig from a farm, and not just go to the nearest zoo, it is a safer option. For hairless guinea pigs, it may be a necessity – they are usually not sold in the stationary. You can find ads on the breeding fanpage on Facebook or on advertising portals (including olx.pl or zoomia.pl). Being there, you can judge the conditions in which the rodents are kept, whether they look healthy and whether they are not aggressive. Contact with the breeder should not be lost after purchasing the guinea pig – if you have any questions, you can always ask the breeder.
What can home hairless guinea pig eat?
It is a herbivorous animal. There are suitable foods for guinea pigs on the market and they can be fed with them. Their daily diet should also include hay placed in the feeder. Guinea Pig also eats vegetables, incl. carrots, radishes, broccoli, beets, parsley, peppers, and spinach. He likes grass and herbs, e.g. basil, dill. From time to time you can serve its fruit, e.g. apples, bananas.
Beans cannot be fed to guinea pigs because they are poisonous to them. Onions, potatoes, milk and cabbage are also harmful to her. If you’ve been wondering if you can feed your guinea pig rabbit food, the answer is no. The body of domestic guinea pig beans does not produce vitamin C, which is very important (its deficiency can lead to various diseases), and the food for other rodents does not contain the right amount of this vitamin. Make sure that the guinea pig has a place to grind its teeth and prevent their overgrowth.
A guinea pig with no hair requires more commitment than a guinea pig with hair. You have to make sure that she is always warm and does not catch a cold. At the same time, be careful not to dry her skin and remember to bathe regularly and oil it with olive oil. You have to be gentle with it, because it is a sensitive and vulnerable creature.