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Long-haired, short-haired or curly-coated? Tips on how to groom a guinea pig correctly:

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Hairy times in the guinea pig cage? Or, to put it differently: is your guinea pig losing more hairs than usual? There is no need to worry:  this is completely normal in spring and in autumn, for these are the moulting times.  



Hairy times in the guinea pig cage? Or, to put it differently: is your guinea pig losing more hairs than usual? There is no need to worry:  this is completely normal in spring and in autumn, for these are the moulting times.  

"Short haired and rosetta guinea pigs' furs are very easy to care for," says Angela Beck, author of numerous pet guidebooks. Normally they groom themselves and do not need any help. However, during moulting times these guinea pig breeds should get some assistance. In autumn the summer coat is shed and the thicker winter coat grows in its place. With pets living outdoors until the early autumn the moulting period is more noticeable than with pets kept indoors all year at comparatively constant temperatures. "During the moulting period dead hair can be removed once a week e.g. with a soft natural hair brush or a nopped glove," Beck explains.  

Guinea pigs with long fur should first be combed gently with a wide comb and then brushed, and this all year round. "This way, entangling is prevented and parasites cannot catch hold unnoticed, " Beck continues. "Entangled hair is freed gently or cut lengthwise along the hair if necessary. Use a pair of scissors with rounded points for this. Dirt can be removed with a damp cloth." Often it is advisable to shorten the fur. This prevents dirt and entanglements at the rump, and also overheating in the summer. "These considerations are all the more important as guinea pigs do not like to be touched. Fur care is nothing they enjoy," the author suggests.   

Most guinea pigs like being brushed, though. This is like a massage. Fur care is turned into a short wellness programme if the rodents are placed on a warm towel on your lap or on the table for the procedure.

If they enjoy the fur care, you can brush short haired or rosetta guinea pigs all year round as well, of course, to do something good for them.   

Source: German Industrial Association of Pet Supplies (IVH)