Af­ford­able pets for ev­ery­one

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - WEEKENDSHOPPER -

THOSE with­out much room to spare and who have chil­dren long­ing for a pet are sure to find a suit­able furry friend in Week­end Shop­per’s Pets sec­tion.

Guinea pigs, or cavies as they are of­ten called, are a pop­u­lar first pet for chil­dren and can be sold and bought in Shop­per.

Ac­cord­ing to Kathryn Mckay from the Cavy Own­ers and Breed­ers So­ci­ety of Queens­land (COBS) com­mit­tee, these small an­i­mals are de­light­ful crea­tures which make ideal pets for adults and chil­dren.

“Guinea pigs are af­ford­able pets for any­one look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to a cat or dog,” Ms Mckay said.

“They don’t re­quire the same space as larger pets and are less costly to feed, plus they are avail­able in a com­bi­na­tion of colours and a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent fur types.”

Ms Mckay said peo­ple should not be sur­prised to see these small pets con­stantly eat­ing as with their very high me­tab­o­lism, they re­quired plenty of fuel.

“The nat­u­ral diet of guinea pigs is grass, but they can also be given car­rots, cap­sicums, toma­toes, bok choy, pars­ley, pump­kin, orange sweet potato, wa­ter­melon, corn on the cob (in­clud­ing the husks), cu­cum­bers, and co­rian­der,” she said.

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