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Did You Know? Fun Facts About Guinea Pigs

Mousse is our clinic guinea pig. She would love for everyone to know more about guinea pigs and how they are such a good family pet.

  1. Did you know that the other name for a guinea pig is “Cavy?” It’s short for Cavia Porcellus.
  2. Mousse is an American/English, short hair and smooth coat guinea pig. There are different types of guinea pigs, such as long and silky hair, curly and rosette type coats and even hairless little ones.
  3. Guinea pigs are tail-less rodents, domesticated to be great family pets.
  4. They are originally from the Andes and are not related to pigs.
  5. They are very active during the day and less so at night, and loves spending their time grooming themselves.
  6. At a life span of about 4-7 years old, they grow to be 1.5-2.5lbs, at a healthy weight.
  7. The oldest recorded guinea pig lived to be 15 years young.
  8. Guinea pigs are herbivores, and they mainly eat grass and hay.
    When domesticated, it’s important to provide the proper balance between nutritious pellets, hay and mostly veggies for a healthy guinea pig.
  9. They express themselves with different noises. Squealing, chirping, rumbling, purring and more chirping. Listen and watch closely and you will know how your guinea pig is feeling.
  10. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in their diets and often needs to be supplemented to prevent insufficiency.
  11. Pop Corn – when they are happy and playing, they love to jump straight up and down.
  12. Baby guinea pigs are able to run when they are only a few hours old.
  13. Attention from their human and other animals in the house is something that they want and need to be happy. They are very social little rodents.

Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT

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