Guinea Pig Care

We at the Knoxville Guinea Pig Rescue refer all of our potential adopters and foster parents to the following resources to learn about guinea pig care. Please spend weeks and months researching on these phenomenal websites to gain a clear understand about proper guinea pig husbandry. We are always available to answer any guinea pig care questions you may have, even if you have never adopted from us. See below for our “New Piggy Parent Checklist”.

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Guinea Pig Cages

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Download or print our guinea pig care brochure to share with your friends!

KGPR Brochure

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Need an interactive class on guinea pigs and their care? Check out these online classes by Mrs. Cara!

She offers a Beginner Lesson and Advanced Lesson. Once you sign up for your class, message Mrs. Cara and mention the Knoxville Guinea Pig Rescue for 50% off the lesson in the form of a partial refund or donating 50% of the lesson cost to KGPR for medical expenses!

New Piggy Parent Checklist:

Cage & Cleaning

  • Spacious cage such as a C&C or 120
  • Dust pan and small whisk broom
  • Spray Bottle with 50/50 water/vinegar solution
  • paper towels
  • trash bags
  • Cage bedding (fleece, towels, or Carefresh*)

Cage Accessories

  • Plastic or Wooden Hidey Houses*
  • Wooden Chew Toys*


  • High Quality Timothy Hay
  • Oxbow Cavy Cuisine Pellets*
  • Ceramic Food Bowl*
  • Plastic No-Drip Water Bottle (either with or without a spring in the spout)*
  • Fresh Water (filtered is best)
  • An Assortment of Safe Vegetables and Fruits


  • Small Animal Nail Clippers*
  • Soft Bristled Brush*
  • Small Pet Carrier (small dog or cat size)*

Veterinary Care

*Denotes a product that can be purchased from Agri Feed Pet Supply.

Items you will NEVER need for your guinea pig:

  • Exercise Balls
  • Exercise Wheels
  • Flying Saucers
  • Dust Baths
  • Harness/Leash
  • Salt Licks
  • Mineral Blocks
  • Treats that contain seeds or nuts