Did You Know?
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.
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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