Beginner’s Care Instructions on Canadian Cavy Website
“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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