Guinea pigs (or, as they are known to enthusiasts, cavies) make ideal pets. They possess a wonderful temperament, and – with the right knowledge – are easy to look after. As a veterinarian, many of the health problems I see in guinea pigs are related to poor husbandry or lack of understanding about the particular needs of guinea pigs. The upside to this is that many health problems can be prevented with a little knowledge and a few simple steps.
1. Two guinea pigs are better than one
Guinea pigs are social animals and enjoy interacting with one another. It is no harder to look after a pair of guinea pigs than it is to look after a single guinea pig. In fact, you could argue that a single guinea pig requires much more attention.
If you don’t intend to breed, choose same-sex pairs. One misconception about guinea pigs is that males (boars) cannot live together peacefully. This is not the case.
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