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Monday, October 24, 2011

The Guinea Pigs Have Arrived

We  want Pet Blogs United to be a place for all pet lovers and bloggers to learn more about each other.  Since we don't have a lot of guinea pig exposure here on PBU, I asked Angela Mitchell from
Guinea Pig Today to tell us more about these adorable fuzzies.

The Care and Life of a Modern Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs can be very rewarding animals to bring into your life, and with proper care and socialization, your guinea pig can live up to eight years as an active member of the household. You might be surprised to find the modern guinea pig's needs are quite different than what you would expect. Guinea pig pairs nap on fleece blankets, enjoy open floor time, and can be litterbox-trained, making these social pets clean and easy to handle.

These gentle rodents are not from Guinea and are not related to the pig. So how did they get their name? Nobody knows for certain, but perhaps they were mistaken for natives of West Africa and made sounds reminiscent of the barnyard pig. Their names vary in other languages as well. The German call them Meerschweinchen, meaning "sea piglet." The French term is Cochon d'Inde or "Indian pig." The Spanish say conejillo de Indias or "little rabbit of the Indies." Guinea pigs also go by the name "cavy," referring to the family Caviidae, where guinea pigs are scientifically classified.


Guinea pigs are naturally prey animals and require a lot of handling to overcome their instinct to run and hide, but they will bond with their caregivers. Cavies typically live in social groups, so it's best to keep a bonded pair in your home. With patience and care they can be very personable and can be taught tricks like making a circle or sitting up. Guinea pigs make a range of sounds to display different moods, and they jump or "popcorn" to show they are happy. Their cage can be lined with fleece blankets, which can be washed and reused, limiting trips to the pet store to purchase bedding. Unlike a dog or cat, their mess is contained within their cage. A healthy guinea pig will have small, dry droppings that can be easily swept up. They will learn a routine and adapt to your sleeping schedule. Don't be surprised if they welcome you after learning the sound of the front door or beg for food after hearing the sound of the refrigerator. You may find keeping fresh vegetables in your home for your guinea pig means you begin to eat healthier as well.

General misconceptions and outdated ideas land unwanted cavies in rescues and shelters. While guinea pigs are usually gentle, some will bite or "kiss with teeth." Families with small children need to take special care. The "Parent's Guide to Guinea Pigs" can help you decide if a guinea pig is right for your family. Guinea pigs are not low maintenance. They require daily supplies of lettuce and other fresh vegetables, fresh water, fresh grass hay, high-quality timothy hay–based pellets, and a stable source of vitamin C. These daily needs make guinea pigs a poor choice for classrooms, where they will often need to make it through the weekends and holidays alone. Guinea pigs need more space than pet store cages can provide, and floor time is essential to keeping your cavy fit and healthy. Many guinea pig owners choose to build their own cages or create homemade toys and treats. Cavies require veterinary care from an exotic vet, which can be expensive and difficult to find.


If you are considering acquiring guinea pigs as pets, please find a pair at your local shelter or rescue. Your local rescue can help you find a compatible friend if you already have a solo guinea pig, help you acquire supplies if you would like to build a larger cage, and assist you with guinea pig services like nail-trimming or vacation pig-sitting.

If you'd like to keep up with the latest in guinea pig news, health, and living, check out Guinea Pig Today. We celebrate the cavy lovers interested in integrating their pets' needs into their lives by keeping them up to date on the latest national trends and activities. There's a rescue map to help you connect with volunteers in your area. Join us on Facebook and Twitter to plug in to the guinea pig world.

Thank you to Angela for letting us in on what great little pets guinea pigs make!

19 comments:

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

YAY!! So great to see Guinea Pigs!!!! I just love them and it was great to learn more about them!
Have a great day!

Finn said...

That's great! I just learned a ton about them!

Bailey said...

I haven't seen one since my classroom days when we used to bring them home on the weekends and holidays. Classroom pets seem to have disappeared for the most part.

The integration seems to have come a long way.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Guinea Pigs can be so sweet. Our kids had them when they were growing up. Definitely little personalities all their own!

:o)

The Cat From Hell said...

Wow! Little furries! They is cute!
Thanks for telling us about them
Kisses
Nellie

Mariodacat said...

It's so nice you are including Guinea Pigs too. They can be charming little fellas and just as endearing as a cat or dog once you get to know them. Thanks for giving the low-down on their requirements and needs. Very helpful information.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Great pictures of those Guinea Pigs. Thanks for featuring them today. Loved the post.

pawhugs, Max

jen said...

Guinea Pigs are one of my favorite!! Yay!!!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Ahhh those are cute piggies
Benny & Lily

Nora Bella said...

Wow! So much I didn't know about guinea pigs! Thanks for that information, always learning new things.

Prancer Pie said...

Aww, totally adorable! We would totally consider them as pets (if we didn't haf 4 cats)! The first little fellow has a buffet in front of him. MOL! Purrs.

Doxie Rod said...

i never realized how adorable they were! i have to admit, they have very cute faces. enjoy your furry friends!

Lola said...

I read "pig" and I thought "bacon", but Mom pointed out this is a different kind of pig, that these pigs are really cute. I like this kind of piggy! So cute and it was fun to read about them.

Peggy Frezon said...

I LOVE guinea pigs! I had a long haired peruvian, and a short haired blonde and white guinea pig. They had babies of every color combination and hair length. They were soooo cute!

Brian said...

They are just totally, totally adorable and they deserve loving forever homes too!

Mr. Pip said...

What a wonderful and important post! I learned a lot!

Your pal, Pip

Kolchak Puggle said...

**WANT** ginea pigs are so darn cute! the Mama wants a pair so very very bad. Pigs or Ferrets. She like ferrets too. She's just worried my "hunting dog" prey drive will come out and the piggies would be "sleepin wit da fishes" if you catch my drift...*sigh* Someday she says...

bichonpawz said...

What a great post!!! We just learned a whole bunch of stuff about these little furry creatures!! Mama is allergic so we can't have any of them, but they sure are cute!! Thank you for sharing this most important info with us!!
xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

haopee said...

I'm sorry! I didn't read all of it. I just scanned the "Oh-So-Cute!" pictures of them because I couldn't help it. GRRRRR!!!

They're so fluffy.

I did however reach the part of them being called sea piglets.

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