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Hi, ladies! Just looking for some input from someone who has or has had guinea pigs. A good friend has offered us her two guinea pigs - she says they're sweet and used to being handled, but she's pregnant with #4 and rarely at home, so just doesn't feel as though they're doing a great job taking care of them right now. From what I've read online, they do sound like great pets...Rachael adores them, and is old enough to be gentle with them. I've had hamsters before, which I assume are similar, on a smaller scale. Anyway, I'm trying to decide...but is there anything big that I really need to know first?
mom to Rachael, 10 ~ Milly, 6 ~ foster mom (waiting on the next call)
I think guinea pigs make great pets for kids, especially younger kids. The larger size of the guinea pig makes them easier for smaller kids to hold and they are less likely to hurt them. They have really cute personalities and make lots of funny noises. They are a little more high maintenance than hamsters, but I definitely think it is worth it. Guinea pigs require guinea pig pellet food, plus alfalfa everyday and because they can't make their own vitamin C a supplement is required. You can buy drops to put in their water and it is also good to give them an orange or two every week. I think the only drawback with Guinea Pigs, and this is true of all small animals, is that if you don't keep up with regular cage cleaning, the ammonia from their urine will cause them to smell. As long as you can maintain their diet, allow for exercise outside of the cage several times a week and commit to a weekly cage cleaning, you will find they make wonderful pets!
I raised them growing up, and they were great pets! I cleaned their cages twice a week, and some liked more holding and contact than others depending on personality, but I remember them being great with kids. Only real drawback I can think of is if you have a few of them, they can get pretty noisy at times. We kept them inside, and they used to squeal in chorus whenever someone opened the fridge door. They were pretty smart
Mom to Anna Lise- Born 7/17/07
Missing Cleo, my greyhound girl, crossed the rainbow bridge 3/4/11