Beginner’s Care Instructions on Canadian Cavy Website

Canadian CavyImage courtesy of Canadian Cavy
Guinea pig care is the number one thing new guinea pig owners don’t know. In many parts of the world people have compiled tons of information on how to properly, and some not so properly, take care of guinea pigs. Early 2008 I was one of those new owners, missed informed and under educated in the guinea pig ways, I was lost and looking for clues. Luckily I found sites like Guinea Lynx that tries to work with everyone from around the world. Even though I found some great sites, what I still had trouble with was getting good information for Canadians.

“What’s the best pellets?” was one of my first questions and like most sites, KMS Hayloft was what everyone recommended. Sadly for a while they did not ship to Canada and even now have a hard time shipping it at a low shipping cost. I have been able to direct people away from junk pellets like Kaytee to good ones like Oxbow, the best you can buy in Canada at a decant price.

After a year I had learned things from others and by myself, with my pigs help of course. It was at this time I decided to make a site geared to Canadians. After many hours I made many pages with lots of great information. Many of my friends gave me a hand with information, photos and support. Thus in 2009 Canadian Cavy website was created.

Though most of the information is standard guinea pig information, like feed hay, build a C&C cage and so on, it also has tips like trimming hair, clipping nails and so much more that I find sites tend not to have. Forums usually will have this information, if you want to sit and search for a few hours that is.

Its not just the basic information that has helped many Canadians. There is also a link section that has a very good list of guinea pig rescues or shelters/SPCAs that take in guinea pigs. This has helped many people adopt guinea pigs across Canada.

On the site you will find a Cavy Quick Help section. This section is ever growing and I personally go back time to time to reread some information that over the years I made not have needed and forgot, see even a guru can be forgetful. Cavy Quick Help has things from escapes to first aid to guinea pig talk and more, all very helpful things when you need it.

On an average week I get up to 10 emails with questions and comments. Some emails have sent a smile on my face with their thanks and others, more pressing medical issues, have been redirected to Guinea Lynx for medical information.

Canadian Cavy is a never ending work of perfection, I am always trying to make is easier to read and more helpful information. I am currently working on adding information on how to sex a guinea pig, accessories that guinea pigs love, how to clean a boars grease gland, how to identify a breeders and more.

One of the main things I am proud of is the message of adoption the site sends, as many guinea pig owners know, there are always unwanted guinea pigs in shelters, rescues, SPCAs and on wanted ads like Kijiji. While some areas of Canada are harder to find needy pigs, like some of the islands, I always want to encourage owners to adopt.

Through the site I have made some really good friends and helped some really lovely people. I hope to have this site up for many years to help guinea pig owners across Canada. I feel that even if I help one owner at a time, I know that at least one guinea pig, maybe more, is getting better care as a guinea pig should get.

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Erin Schimpf

Erin is the founder of Canadian Comforts and the proud parent of six guinea pigs, two ferrets and a mouse. She is a stay at home mom with three children, Ruby, Alexander and Joseph.

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4 Responses to “Beginner’s Care Instructions on Canadian Cavy Website”
  1. Pam says:

    I apologize, but I would give much more credibilty to this article if the spelling and grammar were correct.

    I care so much about guinea pig welfare that I abandoned my perfectly good career and went back to school to become a Registered Animal Health Technician solely to be a better guinea pig care-giver. I have nine rescued guinea pigs, two rabbits, a chinchilla, and a degu.

    The medium is the message. If you can’t be bothered with the smallest details of grammar or spelling, I will not give your message/content the credibility it (may) deserve.

    • Erin says:

      Thanks Pam for you input. I am currently looking into finding someone who is willing to go over my site with a fine comb but its hard to find someone who is willing to put the time in for free to help support such a good cause, as I’m sure you know being a foster, most people are to busy to help out other people or guinea pigs as a whole, even more so in Canada. As an alberta living gal, there is no guinea pig or even small critter rescue in all of Alberta (or so far I have yet to find one).

      I’m sorry you feel that some grammar issues and/or spelling issue cause you to put down the only well informer site for Canadians but I thank you for your input.

  2. Erin says:

    *ps. Just wanted to add I am trying to write these replies from my cell so I don’t know if they are showing up or if they look right… sigh.*

  3. Donna says:

    Sorry, I don’t agree with Pam. I am not a Canadian either, but I do love my piggies. Our 2 remaining girls won’t be with us too much longer as they are over 7 years old now. But I am so glad to see that you have created a website about their care. We struggled to learn everything we could to make sure we always gave them the best! We built all of our large condo’s, had their hay and pellets shipped from oxbow, and all their needs met at the Vets.

    Great grammar is fine, but your heart for the precious little creatures is even greater. Keep it up, and maybe people will get educated about their care.

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