Acquired: Pet store
Seattle, Washington, United States
Posted Oct 02, 2016
Guinea pigs are really cute animals, they're soft and mine was generally comfortable with being held.
We only had him for a couple years before giving him to another family. I was about eleven years old when we got him and I cleaned his cage, fed him, and spent the most time with him.
He made lots of funny squeaking sounds, especially when we were cooking and he could smell the food. Over all, it was a boring pet to have because they pretty much need to stay in their cage, or they could go around and get lost or stuck somewhere.
I didn't like cleaning the cage, I thought it was more gross and inconvenient than a cat box. It also smelled more, I think that is the nature of the cage though because it is larger than a cat box and much more open.
Guinea pigs have very large, sharp and sturdy teeth (this is the nature of all rodents) and they need to chew on things. One time, the guinea pig bit me and I remember it being extremely painful. I would not recommend a guinea pig as a family pet because they seem much less sociable than other animals that are kept as pets.