Are Guinea pigs healthy pets?


I’m a great animal lover and if I could, I would keep as many animals as possible in order to show them my love and devotion. Unfortunately, I can only afford to keep just a few pets, as I don’t have the necessary means to create and look after an entire zoo.

I love all animals but I don’t think all of them would make great pets. In fact, I think people should stick to common house pets such as dogs, cats, turtles, and rodents. Out of all rodents, I find Guinea pigs extremely intriguing and I reckon they are the perfect pets for kids and youngsters.

But exactly how healthy are Guinea pigs? Here is everything worth knowing about these animals before adopting one.



What to expect from a Guinea pig as a pet

For starters, you should know that Guinea pigs are extremely social animals so they will need a constant companion. They often feel lonely and require a partner, and this is why you should never have just one Guinea pig, but at least two.

These rodents are extremely cuddly, clever, and goofy. They are the perfect animals for children and tend to create strong emotional bonds with their owners. Adopting and owning Guinea pigs is also quite convenient as these are low-maintenance animals that only require food, water, and plenty of room to exercise and explore.

It is also important to know that Guinea pigs are nocturnal animals so they are mainly active during the night and sleep during the day. Thus, if you have children that need to wake up early in the morning, I don’t suggest placing the pets’ cage in the same room as your children.


Grooming and hygiene

These animals care a lot about their personal hygiene so they don’t usually require baths. However, if you think they are too dirty, you can try cleaning them gently using unscented baby wipes instead of getting them into the water.

Guinea pigs can have quite long hair so their fur needs to be constantly brushed to avoid tangling. Their nails also need to be clipped once a month or so. Similar to many animals, their teeth have a natural yellow shade, and these don’t require special or additional care.

It is important to keep in mind that Guinea pigs are one of the few animals that cannot produce their own vitamin C so they need to get it directly from their diets! Make sure to include fresh fruits and veggies with lots of vitamin C, D, A, and E for healthy pets.


Health problems

There are several red flags that might point to health affections for Guinea pigs such as weight loss, hair loss, diarrhea, skin lesions, overgrown teeth, and others.