Guinea pigs are one of the most popular rodents kept as pets. Here are some of the interesting and delightful facts about your little buddies.
Yes, just like what you call adult male and adult female pigs — true pigs, that is. Another name for a guinea pig is “cavy.”
You’d think that guinea pigs are incapable of emotion? They would sometimes act like dogs who would do anything to get their master’s attention.
Some guinea pigs can live up to fourteen or fifteen years.
That’s why when you decide to breed your pet guinea pigs, you might as well do it during the summer months. Gestation is about nine weeks, which is pretty long compared to that of other rodents.
Despite a male guinea pig being called a “boar” and the female guinea pig a “sow,” a baby guinea pig is not called a “piglet,” but a “pup.”
Pregnancy is hard work for a guinea pig. She may carry several pups (usually one to six babies) for about 58 to 73 days.
Unlike many other pet rodents (like hamsters) that can be too frisky when handled, you can hold and handle a guinea pig with confidence. Still, exercise care when holding the animal — remember, it is not a toy to play with.
They are called “pigs” for unknown reasons, but some point out that their stout bodies and grunts are similar to those of a pig.
The guinea pigs’ molars are specially suited for grinding grass and other plants. Give them a fresh grass hay every day, as well as other fruits and vegetables like broccoli, apple, cabbage, carrots, and commercially-made pellets
Guinea pigs have a total of 258 bones in their body. Despite that, they cannot land quite well, or jump. If a guinea pig falls down, it will most likely end up with an injured leg. That’s why if you want to handle your pet guinea pig, do it carefully.
“Guinea pig” is a misnomer — it never came from Guinea nor it is a pig. It is a tailless type of rodent and is native to the Andes mountains in Peru. That’s why guinea pigs play an important cultural part of the Indian people in the Andes, as they are not only a source of food but also a source of medicine. The indigenous groups also take guinea pigs in their religious ceremonies.
Feral guinea pigs go around in herds — usually a boar, several sows and several pups.
Compared to other rodents, guinea pigs are quite responsive when they’re being held. They love it especially when they feel comfortable with their humans, as guinea pigs are considered more outgoing than other rodents.
As said before, guinea pigs are considered more outgoing than other rodents. They usually get along well with other guinea pigs and even other pet animals and humans.
When you decide to buy a guinea pig, get at least one or two more guinea pigs so that it can have a company. In Switzerland, it is illegal to own only one guinea pig because it can harm its well-being as well as lead to loneliness.
Guinea pigs will eat all day and night. It’s largely because of their teeth — like most rodents, guinea pigs have teeth that will keep on growing throughout their whole lives. And because their teeth won’t stop growing, guinea pigs tend to chew and gnaw every single day. You may even find them gnawing on a carton!