Pictures of Keeping Guinea Pigs as Pets, 1 - Dog Breed Info Center
Dec 3, 2015 - Guinea pigs are one of the largest rodents kept as pets and yet their typical ..
Guinea pigs are hands down the best pets for children and it's easy to learn guinea pig care. They are cuddly, cute, easy to keep and breed and live for approximately 4-7 years. They smell nice and their minuscule droppings mean that caring and cleaning are kept to a minimum. If you’re a parent looking for a suitable pet for children aged 5-12, guinea pigs are ideal for children to learn about pet care – keeping a guinea pig is not expensive and guinea pigs like to interact constantly with their keepers, making sweet noises and responding with delight to food treats and petting. This article will help you learn how to take care of your guinea pig, from selecting the right animal to housing and feeding it.
If you are reading this article, I am assuming you have already decided that you like the idea of having a pet guinea-pig (cavy). The next question you are asking is whether it is okay to keep your guinea-pig outdoors as opposed to inside the house. Well, speaking as someone who used to have an entire stud of guinea pigs that were a combination of pets and show animals, I can say that, providing your climate is not a particularly hot or cold one, and the conditions you keep your guinea-pigs in follow some basic rules, there is no reason why they won't be perfectly happy and healthy living outside.
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Guinea Pigs: The Right Pet for You
Guinea pigs can make great pets for small apartments or dorm rooms – they only need a little room. All a guinea pig needs is a 4-square-foot hutch, a bowl of food and a water sipper. They have simple entertainment-related needs, too. Playing with their hay pellets keeps them entertained endlessly. For exercise, you could give them a playmate to play with. They tend to have a blast running around their hutch, chasing each other.1. Guinea pigs are hardy. When cared for and fed properly, guinea pigs are generally very healthy animals. Like other pets, they can be prone to particular diseases — for example, in their case — but these conditions may be prevented to some degree with proper nutrition and . Also, since guinea pigs are from cool climates, they don’t do well in hot, humid conditions. Keeping them inside lessens the likelihood that they’ll overheat and/or dehydrate. Guinea pigs make wonderful, interactive pets, but they do require some specific care in order to keep them healthy. With the right diet, housing and maintenance, these can easily live a good five years on average - and sometimes even longer! Now, the bummer part of this post is that I also know that as children, my sister and I didn't treat the animals well. We loved them as playtoys, yes, but we often put them in dangerous situations, ruffled their fur the wrong way to get them to squeal in discomfort, forced them to do things as we would our stuffed animals (e.g., trying to spoon feed, dress, etc), carried them too roughly, and through our neglect or poor judgment, caused the deaths of most of them. This has haunted me into adulthood, and it wasn't really until I was 20 years old or so that I finally knew how to respect and truly love small animals like these. So, I guess a lesson was learned, but at a price to both the guinea pigs and to my own mind. Do we really need to abuse before we understand not to? Can kids really have the maturity NOT to abuse? Just some questions to think about before commiting to pets in general. Just keep in mind that guinea pigs are particularly vulnerable to mistreatment because they ARE so gentle.