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New Quarters For Cavies! Guinea Habitats From MidWest Homes For Pets Provides Guinea Pigs With Room To Roam

July 10, 2009

GuineaHabitatPlusThe Guinea Pig has been living with people since the Indians of the Andes began keeping the furry little rodent as a pet 3,000 years ago, but chances are it never enjoyed quarters this luxurious before. MidWest Homes For Pets, a leading maker of animal housing products, has introduced the Guinea Habitat and Guinea Habitat Plus, two innovative expandable enclosures designed expressly for the nation’s thriving population of Guinea Pigs (now over one million strong, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association).

Thanks to their unique modular design, the Guinea Habitat and Habitat Plus can be expanded from 8 to 16 square feet, or more, simply by connecting the enclosures. This can be accomplished quickly, securely and easily with no tools required. The extra space is especially important to Guinea Pigs, who can be prone to obesity, since it provides them with room to play and exercise, even when their human friends are away at work or school. As a result, Guinea Pigs can become active when it fits their schedule, not their human friend’s, creating less stress for the animal.

The accommodating height of Guinea Habitat’s side panels and the open-top design allow easy interaction and play between Guinea Pigs and every member of their “human family”.  This interaction enhances the health and well-being of Guinea Pigs by encouraging them to remain physically and mentally active.  Playing and interacting with people protects Guinea Pigs against excessive weight gain and its associated medial problems like heart disease, diabetes and bladder infections. Without sufficient exercise, male Guinea Pigs can develop impaction, a condition that reduces muscle tone in the anal area. Females can develop excessive belly fat.

Providing Guinea Pigs with room to roam also reduces physiological stress, especially when more than one animal is kept in a habitat.  Highly sociable animals, Guinea Pigs get along with one another, but like people, their relationship goes more smoothly when they have room to retreat to their own space.

MidWest Homes For Pets designers spent a great deal of time working with experts when developing the Guinea Habitats. This group of “advisors” included the ultimate experts – the Guinea Pigs themselves. The company’s designers had guinea pigs set up house in their offices so they could watch the cuddly critters at close range to determine the kinds of life-enhancing features that should be included in the Guinea Habitats.

The general consensus among small animal veterinary specialists is that a single Guinea Pig be provided with at least 7 square feet of habitat space, a pair be given at least 8 square feet, three Guinea Pigs should have 10 square feet and four 12 square feet. The Guinea Habitat and Habitat Plus are already spacious enough for a pair of Guinea Pigs and with a single addition either product can easily accommodate a happy family of four.

Aside from its spacious size and easy-to-clean design, the Guinea Habitat also offers other advantages, such as a leak proof, detachable and washable canvas bottom that is kind to Guinea Pig feet and will not create the problems associated with wire mesh bottoms. Other nice features include the lock-in-place doors on the habitat protect against escapes and double as animal friendly ramps. The habitat can be used indoors or outdoors, and it folds flat for storage and travel, for people who want to hit the road with their cavies.

The Guinea Habitat Plus offers all of these features and more to provide the ultimate in Guinea Pig luxury. For example, the Habitat Plus has a special “Care Area” where Guinea Pigs can be fed. Since Guinea Pigs tend to make most of their mess in the area where they eat, confining feedings to the care area will make the rest of the habitat easier to keep clean. Also contributing to the habitat’s easy upkeep is its removable wire mesh top, which allows convenient access to the enclosure for routine cleaning.

Guinea Pigs have always been friendly, quiet, relatively odorless pets. Now with thanks to the innovative line of Guinea Habitats, caring for these world renowned rodents is easier than ever.

For more information, contact MidWest Homes For Pets at 1-800-428-8560. You can also visit, www.midwesthomesforpets.com/GuineaHabitat  or www.midwesthomesforpets.com/HabitatPlus

Facts About Guinea Pigs

Scientific  name: Cavia porcellus

Weight: 2-4 lbs.

Lifespan: 4-7 years

Ideal environmental temperature: 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit

Diet:  Commercial Guinea Pig Food, root vegetables, hay and greens

Close Relatives: Chinchillas and porcupines

Interesting Fact: Guinea pigs are born almost fully developed and can start eating for themselves before the end of their fist day of life.

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