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Debunking Guinea Pig Myths - Critters USA

Get to know the real guinea pig.

By Sharon Vanderlip, DVM

Debunking Guinea Pig MythsGuinea pigs are complicated creatures. These charismatic South American natives have fascinated people worldwide, ever since Europeans first discovered them more than 350 years ago. Since that time millions of guinea pigs have been bred and raised, studied intensively and kept as house pets. As a result, we have learned a great deal about guinea pigs, their needs and their behaviors. Nevertheless, some confusion remains about this remarkable Caviomorph rodent. It is time to debunk some of the myths!

1. Guinea Pigs Have No Personality
This myth probably arose because guinea pigs are usually very calm animals. But a calm demeanor doesn’t mean a lack of personality. Guinea pigs have delightful personalities, and no two are alike.

Guinea pigs are entertaining, playful and curious. They bond to their owners and are very affectionate. They are gentle and enjoy being handled and snuggled, and might even call out to their owners for attention.

**For the full article, pick up the 2009 issue of Critters USA or click here to buy the issue.**

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