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Fun Facts About Guinea Pigs

March 16, 2023

Did you know that Guinea pigs are the third most popular pet in many states? Fido and Fluffy will probably always hang onto those top two spots. However, many smaller animals are winning over a lot of hearts over lately. Also known as cavies, Guinea pigs are small, cute, clean little pets that are lots of fun. An Ayr, ON vet lists some fun facts about these adorable balls of fur below.

They’re Light Sleepers

Unlike our feline pals, who can sleep up to 20 hours a day, cavies don’t need much shuteye. In fact, they usually only sleep about four hours daily. They usually spend the rest of their time running, playing, and generally being adorable.

They Need Friends

Guinea pigs are extremely sociable. These pint-sized pets need friends to hang out with and cuddle up to, as otherwise they will get very lonely. In fact, in Sweden, it’s illegal to keep just one!  

Naming Confusion

If there was ever a pet that was inappropriately named, it may well be the Guinea pig. For one thing, they’re not from Guinea. They actually originated in the Peruvian Andes. They also aren’t pigs.

There Are 12 Kinds

The American Cavy Breeders association officially recognizes 12 Guinea pig breeds. While they are all cute and lovable, there are differences between them. For instance, the Teddy and Abyssinian breeds are usually very friendly and affectionate, while the White-crested cavy tends to be quite shy.  

They Shouldn’t Be Kept With Bunnies

Floppy may look adorable beside a Guinea pig, but that doesn’t mean she’s a good playmate for them. Cavies and bunnies speak different languages, eat different foods, and often just don’t play well together.

They Can Learn Tricks

Fido is definitely at the top of the class when it comes to learning tricks, but cavies actually aren’t too far behind. You may be able to teach your tiny pal simple tricks, such as coming when called and going into their cage on command.

They’re Fashion Forward

Guinea pigs come in a rather impressive variety of adorable colors, patterns, and hairstyles. The Peruvian sports long, flowing locks, while the aptly-named Skinny pig has nothing on at all. The Silkie has fur that grows backwards. There are even curly cavies! What’s not to love?

Do you have questions about Guinea pig care? Contact us, your Ayr, ON pet clinic, today!

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