What do you know about Guinea Pigs? The amount of people who think a Guinea Pig is a hamster, or a rat, amazes me. There are plenty of reasons to love Guinea Pigs, so here are a few of mine:
- They are gentle and sweet animals. Guinea pigs are often thought of as excellent pets for children because they aren’t vicious by nature. Rarely do you come across a guinea pig that bites. They are also nervous creatures by nature and although that has challenges of its own, it means when you do earn their trust it’s all the more special. They also are content to just ‘sit’, which makes them excellent lap pets.
- Those Guinea Pig squeaks! Is there anything more satisfying than stepping out into the back garden to a chorus of guinea pig squeaking. When I had 2 guinea pigs the sound was amazing. Here’s a quick video demo I pinched from Youtube incase you have no idea what I’m referring to. Clicky Also – isn’t that the sweetest little pig?!
- OK, so they aren’t the most intelligent of creatures, it’s got to be said. But that definitely adds a bit of charm to them. They’ll sit on their food, stand on one another and generally act a little gormless. And that’s hilarious.
- Which makes it all the more impressive that you can teach them to do tricks too. Enough repetition and your guinea pig could also do a circle to get a treat (this is the only trick I managed to teach mine, but both me and my pig are quite proud of it!)
- They live for a good amount of time. Hamsters are lovely pets with massive personalities, but you just get used to them and their ways and, unfortunately, it’s the end of their life. Guinea pigs live an average of 5-7 years so there’s plenty of time to get to know them and their ways.
Of course, this post couldn’t be complete without a bit of picspam – sorry!