Personable and communicative, guinea pigs live longer than many other small pets (5 to 7 years is common). Whether you’re thinking about adding a guinea pig to your family or simply want to learn more about this fascinating South American rodent, we’ve got answers.
Thinking About Getting a Guinea Pig?
Guinea pigs are small, gentle, social creatures and can be great pets. Before adopting a guinea pig, make sure you and your family are up for the commitment.
- Guinea pigs live for about 5 to 7 years and need daily attention and time out of their cage.
- Guinea pigs need companionship and do best living in pairs. Are you prepared to adopt two guinea pigs?
- You'll need startup supplies like a large cage and food and water bowls, plus there will be ongoing expenses for high-quality food, bedding material and vet care.
- If you're ready to get a guinea pig (or two), adopt from a local animal shelter or small breed rescue. Buying from a pet store may support inhumane guinea pig mills.
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