Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Somers, Connecticut, United States
Posted Dec 24, 2018
My Guinea Pigs were a foster failure: the pigs christened Tupac and Snoop Dog by the rescue squeaked their way into my heart. Once I was exposed to how delightful guinea pigs are, I saw no reason to give them back.
I would describe Guinea Pigs as one of the most social animals that still wants to be observed and not played with. While you can raise them to be very comfortable with humans, mine are very happy to be fed by humans, and find any interaction other than that mildly unpleasant but bearable. But, they're super excited whenever you walk in the room (in case you may have food) and that's alright with me.
Finding the right bedding was a learning curve, and we tried most of the options on the market. Cleaning up after them is, in my opinion, the most difficult part of caring for them. We finally settled on GuineaDad cage liners, which have been awesome. If you're considering getting Guinea Pigs, they are indiscriminately messy, so I would recommend sticking to a schedule of quick, easy, yet frequent cleanings.
They're easy to feed--we have horses as well, so hay is abundant and cheap. They've been great health-wise, and we've barely had to go to the vet. Overall, I'd say they're a fairly easy, adorable, entertaining pet!