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Finding the Perfect Guinea Pig

Finding the perfect guinea pig starts with deciding whether or not a guinea pig is truly the right pet for you. Your next decision in the quest of finding the perfect guinea pig is deciding on which breed of guinea pig you are looking for. The last step is to check with reputable pet stores and dealers, or with local shelters and rescue groups, for the perfect guinea pig for you.

Guinea pigs, with their docile personalities, can make terrific family pets. In general, guinea pigs tend to have mild temperaments making them a popular choice for children. When deciding if a guinea pig is the right pet for you, consider how you will house the animal. Guinea pigs should be kept in a smooth-bottomed cage that provides them with places to hide. Glass tanks or aquariums are not a good habitat choice because the limited airflow means they can become overly humid. Consider also the amount of time you have to spend with the animal. Guinea pigs like to run around and explore, so taking them out daily to allow them some exercise is ideal. Exercise wheels are not generally recommended for guinea pigs, so supervised playtime in a pet-proofed area is important. Although they are usually very gentle and tolerant, always be sure to supervise children who are playing with a guinea pig. Guinea pigs are fairly long-lived for small animals, often living 7-10 years.