Guinea pigs make two types of fecal matter: normal and cecotropes. Cecotropes are created when food passes through the digestive tract a second time via a special process common in many rodents. Cecotropes are high in vitamin B and amino acids and are essential to a guinea pigs’ health.
Make sure you rinse bowls and water bottles with dishwashing detergent daily to prevent bacteria from building. Dust off poos and replace fleece bedding easily. Pop the bedding in the wash to prevent lingering smells.
Guinea pigs seldom need baths (and some never need to be bathed as they are great at cleaning themselves). If they do need a bath, we use Johnson’s baby shampoo which is gentle on small animals’ sensitive skin. Use a shallow bowl of warm water, rinse and dry thoroughly with a hair dryer to avoid chills. Brush well. Don’t wet their upper head as water can get in their ears.
When guinea pigs hear rustling of plastic bags they often link it to a food source.