All guinea pigs should live in a suitable environment. A guinea pig’s home affects how the guinea pig feels, thinks and behaves. Providing your guinea pigs with shelter and a comfortable resting area is one way you can make sure that your guinea pig stays healthy and happy.

Did you know that there is a special law protecting animals?

This law is called the Animal Welfare Act. The Animal Welfare Act outlines how people must take care of and act towards animals in New Zealand. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the Police and SPCA work together to make sure people in New Zealand follow these laws.

Under the Animal Welfare Act, all animal guardians (owners) are responsible for making sure the welfare needs of animals in their care are met. Learning about the Five Domains helps us to understand these welfare needs and how we can make sure we provide these. One of the Five Domains is Environment. In this section you will learn about this domain and how you can make sure your guinea pigs have the right environment, shelter, bedding, etc. they need for positive welfare. 


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