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A Potted Description of Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs, the Latin “Cavia porcellus”, or better known as Cavies, are rodents originating from South America, and they are now a popular family pet in many countries across the world. Here in the United Kingdom guinea pigs are considered “exotic pets” by most veterinary professionals and enthusiasts.
Guinea pigs are born in litters of around one to five babies, and the babies are called “pups”. They take ten months to mature, and when fully grown they average at around ten to twelve inches in length. Most guinea pigs live for three to six years, sometimes more. Male guinea pigs are called “boars”, and female guinea pigs are called “sows”.
Guinea pigs are herbivores and live on a diet of vegetables, hay and grass, some fruits, and special dried guinea pig feed. When given a routine, they also know when dinner time is and will whistle with excitement at the prospect of food! They make wonderful pets for adults and children alike, and if they are handled frequently and given a lot of love and attention, they often become extremely friendly and their company is very rewarding. When happy in their surroundings guinea pigs blossom into contented creatures with individual and endearing personalities. They love to talk and communicate and can be very chatty and inquisitive.