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Pet Guinea Pigs: Pros and Cons

Which are the pros and cons of having guinea pigs as pets? This article will tell you everything you need to know before buying guinea pigs. Their cheerful nature, curiosity and funny quirks make guinea pigs very popular pets. It is ultimately parents that are responsible for pets, but children from around the age of 8 can help take care of them. They can learn a lot from having pets, and get plenty of fun out of it too. This table will show you the pros and cons of having pet guinea pigs. Don’t forget: every animal has its own unique personality so these points won’t always fit every animal 100%.


Just looking at a cute little guinea pig is sure to cheer you up

Guinea pigs comfort you when you feel worried or alone

Guinea pigs don’t need walking

Guinea pigs are active during the day


Guinea pigs don’t usually like being petted

Guinea pigs can be really loud

Guinea pigs like to nibble electrical cables

Guinea pig poop smells (you have to regularly clean the cage!)

Guinea pigs can cause allergies

Fun For Crafters

If you like DIY, you can even build your own guinea pig cage. Or add different floors to your cage and connect them with steps. You should make sure your steps have a safety rail on the side so that your pet can’t fall. It’s easy to build beds and hide-outs from wood. Of course, you should only saw wood under the supervision of your parents.

Things That Will Win Your Parents Over!

1. Guinea pigs don’t need walking (but do need exercise).
2. Pet guinea pigs would help you forget the stress and worries of everyday life.
3. Guinea pigs are cheap to keep.
4. Children learn about responsibility.

Checklist: This Is Important!

  • Your whole family must agree with the decision.
  • The cage has to be cleaned once a week.
  • Guinea pigs need exercise.
  • Guinea pigs have to be fed every day.
  • No guinea pig allergy

More info:
Guinea Pig Breeds
Guinea Pigs: Cage and Exercise
Monthly Costs for a Guinea Pig
Guinea Pig Facts

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