Pet Corner: Fulana

Be sure to give your pig a cave for sleeping and resting

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Name: Fulana
Age: 8 months old
Gender: Unknown
Color: White/light brown

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Fulana is an 8 month old guinea pig who is friendly and playful. Here are some notes about caring for these pets:

Diet notes:  Special guinea pig pellets are the basis of their diet (they eat about 1/8 cup daily). Timothy hay-based pellets are recommended for adults, and it’s wise to skip those made with nuts, seeds, dried fruits and corn products.  Be sure your pet has access to clean, fresh water and hay at all times. You should also provide some small (bite-sized) amounts of fresh fruits and veggies, especially leafy vegetables, green peppers, peas, apple, blueberries, oranges and grapes.  Kale and strawberries are excellent sources of Vitamin C, which guinea pigs can’t produce for themselves.

Cage notes:  If you have multiple guinea pigs, allow for a minimum of 4 square feet of cage per pig, and be sure it’s a solid-bottom cage with a wire cover. No wire cage bottoms…they hurt a guinea pig’s feet!  Also, don’t use glass aquariums because they don’t provide proper ventilation. Always keep the cage indoors and line the bottom of the cage with bedding. Don’t use cedar or pine chips, which contain dangerous oils. Be sure to give your pig a cave for sleeping and resting, like a medium-sized flower pot or covered sleeping box.

Guinea pig facts/tips:

  • Guinea pigs are known for their vocalizations.  They often squeak with delight when their favorite humans enter the room
  • They rarely bite, but can nip if mishandled or fear a threatening animal
  • Once your pig is used to you (and being handled), you can let her play in a small room for daily exercise.  Be sure to remove electrical wires and other hazards that she might chew on
  • Be sure to remove soiled bedding, droppings and stale food from the cage daily

Learn More about Fulana >>

Events/Other Topics

Spend Black Friday at Dakin Humane Society – Friday, November 25, 12:30-5:30pm. 

As usual, Dakin Humane Society will have a special adoption event on “Black Friday,” November 25, 12:30-5:30pm in Springfield and 12:30-4:30pm in Leverett.  We’ll give more details about the adoption event in the days ahead.  Our Springfield location will also feature shopping “extras” including LuLaRoe leggings, area restaurants selling gift cards and more…each of them offering 10% of their sales to Dakin that day.  For every $15 spent in our Diamonds in the Ruff Thrift Shoppe, you’ll get a free Dakin tote bag while supplies last!


For more information about Dakin Humane Society, please visit www.dakinhumane.org

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