Careing for Skinnies
Cages: Skinnies should never be kept outside. Cages should be bigger not smaller. I build my cages out of wire shelving materials from Walmart and coroplast which can be purchased at a local sign store. Three of my cages are 2 feet by 5 feet. I keep several skinnies in them and they can easily be divided up so that everyone is happy. I believe these to be perfect cages that keep your piggy happy and healthy.
Outdoors: Do not leave your Skinny outdoors for more than an hour. Make sure he or she is in an enclosed area where no predators can reach them. Also only take them outside if the weather is nice and warm.
Temperature: I keep my Skinnies in an temperature controlled area that stays around 73 degrees. I feel as though they like this temperature and they tend to come out and enjoy their surroundings more. Skinnies should be kept around 69-78 degrees so they won't become uncomfortable.
Bedding: I used to breed Americans and they would always have reactions to Aspen litter, so i am not planning on using that at all with my Skinnies. As of right now I perfer Pine bedding, but there are other types that you can use such as Soft Sorbet, Carefresh, recycled newspaper, and basically anything that is soft that won't hurt there fragile skin. If you happen to have allergies, then I would not use any type of wood shaving but something that says hypoallergenic.
Food: I feed Buckeye Guinea Pig diet to all my cavies and they all receive lots of greens. Greens include a variety such as Roman Lettuse, Parsely, spinach, and Celery. I also feed them apples, carrots, bananas, tomatoes and fresh cut grass.
Bathing: I may do things a little differently than other breeders but I believe it keeps my Skinnies happy and healthy. I would recommend giveing your Skinny a bath once a month but longer is okay. Do not use any types of shampoos with fragrances, it is safest to use baby shampoo. After giving them a bath, add baby lotion to there skin. Only use a finger tip amount otherwise there skin will become too oily and uncomfortable.