Guinea Pig Checklist: “Before You Buy”

This checklist contains important questions that you should discuss with your family. And there’s a “Parents’ Info” section at the end. There you will also find the option to print out this list.

1. Can you look after your guinea pigs for 4 - 6 years?

Guinea pigs live from around 4 to 6 years. Remember that your little friend might die sooner than you’d like.

2. Do you have any animal allergies?

Then, unfortunately, a pet might not be such a good idea. The same goes if a member of your family is allergic to animals. When considering a rodent, it’s also important to rule out a hay allergy.

3. Can someone look after your guinea pigs if you go on vacation?

It’s best if relatives can look after your pets while you’re away. Or friends that have their own pets. If not, there are always pet sitting services. But these can be expensive.

4. Do you have enough money to look after your guinea pigs?

Your guinea pigs don’t just need food and toys. If your pet gets ill, you’ll have to take it to the vet and it could need medication.

5. Does your whole family agree with the decision?

After all, your parents will be responsible for your pet. They have to agree. Even your siblings should get a say in getting a new family member.

6. Did you know that guinea pigs aren’t really cuddly pets?

Even if a guinea pig lets you touch it, that doesn’t mean that it likes it. They can often go into shock, which people might think means they’re enjoying being stroked. Guinea pigs are just for looking at.

Please don’t forget that parents are ultimately responsible for their children’s pets. Your child is allowed to help with feeding and cleaning but shouldn’t attempt these jobs alone until they’re at least 12 years old.