Many people believe that guinea pigs are one of the easiest pets to look after owing to their size and statue in the world. They are insignificant, they don’t do anything except eat, sleep and poop so how hard could it be to own one? Thats why hundreds of parents consider them for their children without doing the research first. Did you know that there’s much more to these little pigs then meets the eye?
Here are 30 fun facts about guinea pigs!
⭐️Guinea pigs love to climb! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- pigloos, boxes, hammocks, ramps, bricks, wood it doesn’t matter what it is as long as they can get on top of it! In the wild guinea pigs would need to be able to see predators coming and this brings me to my nest fact!
⭐️When piggies are really happy, they leap up into the air and do a twist, this is called a Popcorn! Rabbits do something very similar called a Binky!
⭐️They love lots of space! Too much can make them overwhelmed, but place them in a large enclosed area with lots of toys and they can go nuts running around and popcorning like crazy!
⭐️Guinea pigs have a very unusual name as they don’t come from Papua New-Guinea and they aren’t pigs.
⭐️Guinea pigs are a type of rodent.
⭐️Guinea pigs actually have a tail! It is very small and is actually the end of their spine which sticks out the back. Sometimes you can feel the sharp point of it.
⭐️You can find wild guinea pigs in South America
⭐️Wild guinea pigs have pointier noses and brown or grey agouti colored coats. They look a bit like miniature versions of the capybara.
⭐️They are quite vulnerable to sudden temperature changes and can overheat or chill very quickly.
⭐️Some do enjoy playing with toys and have been known to drag a favorite soft teddy around the cage!
⭐️What even I didn’t know is that guinea pigs have a grease gland at the base of their tail which can be seen if you clip the hair away from around it. It is a bare patch of fur and is often quite mucky with yellow grease buildup. This needs to be cleaned: see grease gland cleaning
⭐️There are so many different breeds and more being recognized all the time!
⭐️Not such a nice one! Guinea pigs eat their own poop 💩 because all the nutrients goes out with the first lot and needs to be re-digested. 💩
⭐️Guineas can make five different types of sounds: guineapigsforever.com/guinea-pig-noises
⭐️Also known as cavies, affectionately called pigs, piggies and guineas by loving owners. ♥️
⭐️Guinea pigs are one of the most popular pets in the US
⭐️Babies are called pups
⭐️They need to eat 1 cup of fresh veggies each per day. One cup per pig.
⭐️Guinea pigs need to live in pairs of herds because they thrive in each others company.
⭐️They can be toilet trained to some extent because they prefer going in a dark, safe place!
⭐️They have four toes on their front feet and three toes on their back feet
⭐️Lethal pigs are born with (often serious) birth defects from the roan gene or inbreeding
⭐️Babies are born with fur, eyes/ears open and are running around within an hour!
⭐️Females are called sows and males are called boars
⭐️Their eyes secrete a milky white liquid which keeps them moist and means that they don’t need to blink!
⭐️A cavies teeth grows all the time, so it needs to be worn down by gnawing on wood or carrots everyday. In fact, Sparkles knocked both his front teeth one day and three days later they had grown back!
⭐️They love exploring new items in their cage! Sniffing new objects and working out what they do is stimulating for them.
⭐️Did you know that guinea pigs shouldn’t live outside? 🌦 Hundreds die from dog, cat and ferret attacks every year, not to mention heat stroke and hypothermia.
⭐️They are very curious animals and can become quite fascinated by cats sniffing behind the bars of their cage. Some will even go up to the cat and touch noses through the bars! If they are too scared to take food from your hands now, they will eventually come up to sniff your hand curiously, later!
⭐️Last but certainly not least, guinea pigs love attention!!! Even if you have shy pigs now, eventually they will grow to trust you not to hurt them and will start looking forward to your visits.
Always remember that it is important to spend time interacting with them everyday. This is the surefire way to tame them.