Should You Adopt A Guinea Pig For Your Family?
3 November, 2017
If you want a new addition to your family for you or your small children, the Guinea Pig is a great choice. They are adorable, sociable indoor pets and don’t take up that much space in your home. Guinea pigs are not high maintenance pets, but there are some things to consider before bringing a Guinea pig into your home.
Is a Guinea pig a good fit for your family?
If you’re getting a guinea pig for your child, think carefully about how your Guinea’s care will fit into your family’s schedule over the long haul. If you have other pets, will your guinea pig will get enough attention? Can you give the critter the time and attention it needs to thrive?
Guinea pigs need interaction and time outside their cage
Guinea pigs need time out of their cage every day. Whether this time is spent stretching their legs and exploring your home of just sitting on your lap, daily interaction is essential for a guinea pig’s well-being. It’s important to have them get some air, love and exercise. And even a good little rub down and attention is important.
The Guinea’s cage needs to be cleaned weekly
A guinea pigs’ cage should be thoroughly cleaned on a weekly basis and spot-cleaned every few days. If you don’t appreciate the smell of a dirty cage, consider how your guinea pig—feels about stinky living quarters. It’s similar to cleaning a litter box for your cat and does require a weekly clean!
Young children and guinea pigs need to be monitored
Young children can sometimes drop a guinea pig, squeeze him, or scare him into biting without knowing any better. Guinea pigs require a gentle touch and may be easily startled by sudden movement and loud noises. Just make sure to show your young kids how to hold a guinea pig.
Guinea pigs are not cheap pets
The adoption fee or purchase price for a guinea pig is typically small, but there are significant costs and ongoing needs to anticipate. The initial purchase of equipment and supplies is likely to include: large cage or modular enclosure, Water bottle, food dish, high quality food – pellets, and Timothy hay. And, of course, there are annual vet visits, and the cost to maintain their cage and environment.
Guinea pig’s life span
Guinea pigs live an average of five to seven years. This lifespan is longer than many other small pets such as hamsters, gerbils, mice, or rats, all of whom live only a few years. If your life is in transition, a guinea pig may be more portable than a dog or a cat, but remember that five years or more is a significant period of time.
Guinea pigs are great pets and certainly not as much work as dog and cats. However, guineas’ are more work than a fish or turtle. They are fun, furry creatures which will add a lot of life and spunk to your home if you can make the time for them.