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Guinea pigs can make excellent pets for the first-time pet owner or the seasoned animal lover. Also called cavies, cavy pigs or, simply, “pigs”, guinea pigs are domesticated rodents once found in mountainous regions of South America. Larger than mice, hamsters, and gerbils the guinea pig has large floppy ears, short legs, and lacks a tail. The modern guinea pig sports a variety of hair coat colors, patterns, and textures.Never adopt adopt an animal without thorough research and planning. Who will clean the cage? Who will be responsible for feeding? Where will you house your pigs? Who will pay for food, bedding and, if needed, veterinary care? This article will cover housing, diet, normal behavior and social structure, maintenance, longevity, and considerations for adoption.Is the guinea pig the right pet for you?
Guinea pigs might well be the gentlest of all pets. Happiest in small groups, these rodents are delicate but reasonably easy to care for.
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Though not the most popular pets for children, they are one of the best pets you will have, as their sociability and activity level make for hours of fun. Guinea pigs are members of the rodent family. They are extremely social and live in large groups in the wild of South America. When the Spanish conquerors came to South America, guinea pigs quickly became domesticated as pets and were brought to Europe. They are easy to tame, quite captivating and very smart. Ask your self this question,
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Photo provided by FlickrOne of the more frequent “exotic” small mammal pets we see is the guinea pig, so we will focus our first blog post on this adorable animal.
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When Spanish conquistadors brought guinea pigs from to , the tiny "curiosities" were bred as pets across a wide swath of Elizabethan societal classes, a new study suggests.Guinea pigs can make wonderful pets for children, but because guinea pigs are timid by nature and also fragile, must be taken and very young children should be supervised at all times and be taught that a guinea pig is not a toy. If your child isn't mature enough to know that, then it would be better to wait until your child is older. Remember that even if your child has promised to look after their guinea pig, some children become bored within a short space of time and they forget about all the promises they made. So as an adult it would be you that is responsible for the guinea pigs welfare for the whole of their life. If you won't be able to take on that responsibilty, ( just incase your child becomes bored ), then please don't bring home a guinea pig or any other pet. Unless your child is mature enough to take on the full responsibilty of taking care of a piggy, then with younger children, you will still need to supervise and make sure the guinea pig has lots of care and attention.Yes, but you need to be . If you have free range predatory animals like a dog or a cat, never leave them together unsupervised, not even for a few seconds. Cats and dogs have natural instincts to hunt and a quick moving piggy could arouse their natural instincts. Even if your cat or dog is very friendly, they may even think that they are just playing with the piggy, not realising they are hurting them. A possible solution would be while your guinea pigs are having their free range time in a safe room ( for example: no wires, no household plants that the inquisitive piggy can reach ) then you could place your cat or dog in another room, leaving messages on doors to alert other family members. You will have to make sure you have a very secure cage for your guinea pig, as some cats or dogs might work out how to open the cage door! Remember young inquisitive toddlers can also learn how to open a cage door. Pets like rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, rats and mice should not be introduced to a guinea pig. Pets like hamsters can bite a guinea pig, even though they are much smaller. In the interest of the guinea pigs safety, its best not to introduce any other type of pet to your guinea pig and be very cautious at all times.Guinea Pigs as Pets
Guinea pigs are cuddly, comical, and clever. They make wonderful pets for children and can be very social animals. The animals do better in pairs as they prefer company, so unless you have a lot of time to devote to your pet getting at least two is often a good idea.