They will need lots of loving handling and social interaction everyday through their lives, and YOU have to provide this. Guinea Pigs are not nocturnal (sleep in the day time), so they will be awake for most of the day for you to play with.
They are just the right size to sit on your lap and easy to cuddle, they don’t fight when being held so are easy to carry from the cage to your lap and back.
They love being stroked so will sit on your lap and purr happily. Although there are few piggies that won’t settle down and loves to explore (like my Patch), you will just have to accept it as part of their charms! If this is the case, do not force them to sit still if she doesn’t want to. Be patient, give them time and most will want to settle.
The guinea pig is very lively and enjoys a free run around a room in your house (or a large exercise run), they will ‘popcorn’ if they are very excited. They might leave wee puddles and poops, it’s natural! MAKE sure they can’t get to electric cables, any house plants (could be poisonous), or any hazards, they love to nibble anything they find. Guinea Pigs lives up to between five to eight years, sometimes more, so they will give you years of love. Spend a lot of time with them and lavish them with love then your piggies will love and trust you.
It is not really expensive to house Guinea Pigs, the general maintenance such as hay, a bag of food and fruit/vegetables is low, but you have to be prepared to pay for vet visits.
Going away for a holiday? You must get someone to care for your pigs. Make sure that person knows enough about Guinea Pigs and write out lists of what to feed them and how to clean out their cage properly.
If you are a vegetarian, then they are very ideal as they do not eat meats, fish, or dairy products, they are herbivorous. Piggies generally do not smell and are clean, however, make sure you clean their environment at least once a week, twice if needed, otherwise, it will impact their health. Have you got the time? Are you physically able?
Get your family to handle a cavy for a short while and watch for any reaction, be aware that allergy symptoms may not show up straight away. It is not fair to abandon or give away guinea pigs even though they pose health risks to your family.
You need to ensure your pigs are healthy and watch out for symptoms of illness. Learn what to look out for and be prepared to take the proper action.
I am sure you will be feeling overwhelmed by all this information, now give them a long and hard think and decide in a few days or even weeks.
At the end of the day, I am sure you will make a right decision, as long as they involve putting the pigs’ happiness before yours. They are living, breathing, and loving animals NOT a toy and they are dependent on you to keep them alive and well.