Description: Pet 'Skinny' Pigs (Cavia porcellus) are also known by their nick name 'Cavy'. Skinny pigs for sale make great pets as they are a breed of guinea pigs that are almost hairless so they are great those owners who may be allergy sensitive. Usually they have hair on their muzzles, feet, and legs, but are hairless over the remainder of their bodies. Some of them have a thin covering of fuzzy hair on their backs as well. A healthy Skinny has skin that is mostly smooth with some wrinkling around the legs and neck, the body is full with no appearance of spine or ribs. Skinnies can come in a variety of colors and patterns, such as Dutch, Tortoiseshell, Himalayan and many others and are bred from Teddies and other haired breeds.
The Skinny is a relatively new breed among pet owners and cavy enthusiasts and is gaining popularity in Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and in the United States where it was introduced into the pet trade in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Life Span: 5-7 years
Care: The optimal temperature range for a hairless guinea pig is 75 to 79 °F (24 to 26 °C), which is slightly higher than the optimal temperature range for the haired guinea pig. Exposed skin is vulnerable to sunburn, other injuries and fungal infections unless precautions are taken. Skinny pigs should be housed indoors and they are usually kept with nesting materials such as a blanket or cloth bag for heat conservation.
- Grass hay (such as timothy hay and orchard grass) must be provided in generous amounts. Legume hay (such as alfalfa) only provided as an occasional treat to adult pigs, unless pregnant/nursing.
- Dark green leafy lettuce is best. High in vitamin C (which pigs must get daily) and vitamin A.
- Healthy, adult pigs need 10-30mg per day of vitamin C. Sick or pregnant pigs require a minimum of 30mg per day. Feed guinea pig pellets that contain vitamin C.
- Do not feed rabbit pellets, or any other small animal pellets.
- Introduce new foods slowly and patiently. Begin with a small piece, and slowly increase portion, if they like it. Introduce new brand of pellets gradually.
- Variety is the key. Switch things up, rotate dark green veggies and other veggies around. Don't feed the exact same thing everyday.
- No more than 1 cup of veggies (or any non-pellet, non-hay) to only 1 cup per pig, per day.
- Limit fruits to no more than 1-2 times per week.. as a treat. High in natural sugar and fruit acid, can lead to bladder stones.
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- About 3 Weeks
- 0.22 LBS