Are Guinea Pigs Good Pets? Here’s What You Need to Know

are you looking for an affectionate Hardy fairly easy to care for pet then perhaps a guinea pig is right for you guinea pigs can make great pets but before you bring one into your home there are some things you should know first guinea pigs teeth grow continuously so they need a fresh supply of hay every day to help keep their teeth worn down there are also herbivores or vegetable eaters that rely on bacteria within their intestinal tracts to help them digest their food and the fiber in hay is essential for this process they also need a small amount of fresh vegetables every day and some pelleted foods specifically formulated for guinea pigs second guinea pigs need supplemental vitamin C every day their bodies don't make this nutrient that is essential to healthy teeth bones and cartilage and although guinea pig pellets contain some vitamin C it's not enough to keep these animals healthy they should be given vitamin C containing tablets or liquid that can be prescribed by a veterinarian without adequate vitamin C they develop joint problems lose teeth and other signs that resemble the disease scurvy seen in people third well they can be housed in fairly small cages lined with paper-based bedding that should be changed daily they do need time out of their cages to exercise or they can become obese many older guinea pigs develop arthritis and may not want to exercise as much as they age yet they should be encouraged to move around outside of their cage as long as they're supervised fourth guinea pigs are prey species and as such should not interact with cats or dogs that are predators and that may easily stress or injure guinea pigs guinea pigs also should not interact with rabbits as both species naturally carry a bacteria that can cause serious disease in the other species finally while guinea pigs are generally Hardy animals that when cared for properly can live on average of five to seven years but as long as nine years they do require veterinary care to remain healthy they are prone to developing certain medical conditions including impaction of their teeth from lack of dietary hay bladder stones when they eat excessive amounts of calcium rich vegetables and respiratory infections when they're housed in overcrowded cages with other guinea pigs or exposed to other stresses these conditions can be treated when recognized early by a guinea-pig savvy veterinarian but when left untreated these diseases may ultimately be fatal overall I highly recommend guinea pigs as pets especially for families with children that are looking for an interactive fun low-maintenance animal they can make terrific first pets to teach kids to be responsible for caring for an animal regardless before you rush out and get a guinea pig take time to learn about their care so that you can be sure a guinea pig is right for you

49 thoughts on “Are Guinea Pigs Good Pets? Here’s What You Need to Know

  1. Some good advice but loads of misinformation & partial info. Are you reading from a script? Know your subject matter. Pets are living, feeling, needy companions. Overbreeding of animals & pet shop exploitation must cease.

  2. There was a lot wrong with this video but the biggest one is they need a bigger cage they can not have a small cage. Also I’m not sure if this was mentioned but they need at least one other guinea pig.

  3. Guinea Pigs need large cages, need to be in pairs, DONT need added those vitamin c from drops or tablets unless a vet says otherwise or they are getting older and just need about half a day but they should get all their vitamins from mainly vegetables and from their pellets, Guinea Pigs and Animals in general are NOT suitable for children…no Animal is a child's pet and should not be treated as such…it's the adults responsibility to look after the Animals and teach the kids to take care of them

  4. I'm severely allergic to these pets, Some kid brought one to my school for show and tell, And my eyes immediately turned puffy and red and I couldn't breathe and felt like I was dying, I had to go in an ambulance to the emergency room, Never will I go near one of these again.

  5. LOW MAINTENANCE ??!!! Are you out of your mind or just STRAIGHT OUT LYING to your viewers ?!!

    Guinea pigs are about the MOST HIGH MAINTENANCE pets that you can get and it's the reason why so many of them are in shelters or on Craigslist not being treated right in their homes…

    Because they're EXTREMELY HIGH MAINTENANCE and people don't realize it until they already have them and it's too late…

    So now you're going to be responsible for more of them being in shelters by LYING and telling people that they're not high maintenance when they ABSOLUTELY ARE, good job LIAR…

  6. Guinea pigs can’t live in a small cage they also shouldn’t live on their own some of this information was wrong or missed check out skinnypigs1 or little adventures for great information

  7. I was TRYING to get some reasearch about guinea pigs and I already know this is a H-O-R-R-B-I-L-E example And even I know that. They need a big cage and hay ALL the time and they also need much attention I really thing this isn’t Good for New Guinea Pig lovers

  8. Guinea pigs are definitely NOT low maintenance. They shouldn't be given to children unless parents want the responsibility of caring for them. They need their cages cleaned FREQUENTLY, and no child I've ever met would be up for doing that. They need their hay/water refilled frequently. For anyone who is watching this for educational purposes, I recommend the channel 'Little Adventures'. She is a professional and can help with virtually anything you would need to know. She has videos about diets, how to save money with them, how to tame them, bringing them home, picking one, etc.Guinea pigs make amazing pets to anyone who is willing to care for them properly, but this video doesn't show that.

  9. My guinea pig lived 9 years we just feed her veggies, fruits, hay, dandelions, guinea pig treats, and fresh grass from our yard.

  10. It's shocking and despicable the number of people here who think its ok to keep just 1, or to keep a gp and a rabbit together, or to have dogs and cats interacting with them. They are sociable scared prey animals, they need the company of their own species, and they need large safe areas to run around in without the risk of damage from much larger animals such as cats dogs and rabbits. If you cannot accept that those are the necessary conditions then you simply should not have or be thinking about getting a guinea pig.

  11. I’m unsubscribing that cage is way to small you are voicing people the wrong idea about there cage size


  13. Them eating hay nonstop like every minute is a deal breaker…pellets and veggies are cheap but hay is very expensive.. and u have to clean their cage everyday and they get all types of illnessness???? No thanks I rather get a human baby or a dog

  14. They eat nonstop and poop nonstop…they are expensive..hay isn't cheap and they eat hay every minute and that's having 1 piggie

  15. I've seen a lot of discussions and want to see what you guys will tell me if I tell you that; I have a guinea pig, he's the only one. He seems to be completely fine with living on his own, gets plenty attention from me and my mother, and I let him run around the room for an hour (or more most of the times) every day. Me and another friend are planning to have a meet and greet with her guinea pig, also a male.

    Now please start ranting about the importance of having piggies and not 1 c:

  16. 1:39 when i got my guinea pig it was in the same cage as a rabbit and my rabbit and guinea pigs play a lot together lel

  17. Your biggest mistake = 'a guinea pig'. They should never be kept singly as they are herd, or group animals and need the company of other guinea pigs. They should never have such a small cage with no places to hide. As prey animals, they need places to retreat to – even if it is only a cardboard box. If you really want a 'low maintenance animal', get a cat – it is the only pet free to roam, catch it's own food or be able to persuade neighbours to feed it. Guinea pigs, like any other caged animal are NOT low maintenance. They have to totally rely on you to feed them, keep the hutch/ cage clean, top up water, put them on grass etc etc. Really poor video from 'professional people' who ought to know better.

  18. That cage is to small those pellet are trash you need to re do this video bc it is wrong and they need partners

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