Acquired: Pet store
Posted Mar 28, 2015
My guinea pig Ted is the perfect pet for me, and I would certainly recommend a guinea pig to other people looking for a little buddy. Ted is extremely friendly and easy to handle - I've let children hold him (with my supervision) plenty of times and I've never been afraid of Ted acting out. Guinea pigs do require a good amount of cage cleaning and maintenance, as their cages can become unsanitary and smelly pretty quickly. I clean out Ted's cage about once a week, which just entails changing out his bedding and making sure his home and his toys are clean. Ted is not a picky eater at all, which is great. He loves hay, pellets, and all sorts of vegetables. He has plenty of energy and likes to hop around his cage when he gets excited (especially at feeding time!). It's important to remember that guinea pigs can very easily get sick from dehydration, so they have to have access to fresh water at all times. In short, a guinea pig is a great pet as long as you're willing to put in the effort to keep it clean, fed, watered, and healthy. Do those things and you'll have a happy, energetic, and loving addition to the family.