Guinea pigs are very lovable animals. They are very affectionate and have their own personalities, which will become very evident within days after you bring them home. They love to snuggle and cuddle. They will live longer than most other small pets, usually five to eight years. Although guinea pigs are naturally healthy animals and rarely get sick, doing your part to care for them can have a direct impact on how long they will live. All these I proved to be true when I visited a guinea pig farm in the nearby province.
However, assuming that because they live in cages, guinea pigs have little or no care requirements is far from true. They need daily care. They rely upon you to give them proper nutrition, exercise them daily, and give them lots of love.
A guinea pig will need fresh food and water every day. While this may seem like a lot of work, making it a part of your daily routine will help it seem easy. In addition, you will receive lots of love from your pig, which will make your sacrifices worthwhile.
Guinea pigs have many great attributes as pets. They do however, require quite a bit of cleaning, from their cage to the area around the cage, as they will kick out their bedding from time to time. In addition, there are several activities that you should be prepared to perform on a daily basis. Before making a decision to bring a guinea pig into your home, make sure that you are prepared to take on this daily routine which includes feeding and giving them a bath. During my visit, I tried giving one of the pets a bath.
In the end, for guinea pig lovers like my friend Francis, petting guinea pigs is worth it! All your hard work will be rewarded with love, affection, and companionship. If you are prepared to properly care for your cavy, I higly recommend them as pets! They behave well and they will not cause much stress when you pet them. For those of you who wanted to have a pet that does not require a lot of “watching-over” to do, a guinea pig is the right pet for you because they behave well, no need to run after them all the time.