Other Furry – Guinea Pig

Looking for a furry little friend who has something to say? Well, as the most vocal of small pets, I have a retinue of sounds that includes whistling, bubbling, and rumbling. You’ll always know how I’m feeling! I’m very social, so spend time playing with me every day and please get me a same-sex companion.

Regular exercise, exploring, and cuddling keep me content. I rarely bite, but small children can be inadvertently harmful. I’m not very active or agile, so escaping isn’t a big concern.

Guinea pigs come in many breeds, coat styles, and colors. Unlike most small pets we do require some grooming—daily brushing for long-haired breeds and weekly attention for those of us with short hair. Commercial food pellets won’t be enough to keep me healthy; I’ll also need fresh hay and vegetables. At 10 inches long and 2 to 3 pounds, I’m large for a small mammal.

Common health issues include respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, abscesses, scurvy, lice, and mites. With proper diet and exercise, I’ll be cooing happily for 5 to 7 years.