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Guinea Pigs And Other Animals

Guinea pigs may be uncomfortable around other animals.

By Audrey Pavia

Guinea pigs are prey animals in the wild and are often uncomfortable near predatory animals like cats and dogs. It’s best to keep cats and dogs away from your guinea pig to minimize its stress.

In cases where cats and dogs ignore the guinea pig and don’t sit in front of its cage staring at it (a very stressful situation for the guinea pig), you can allow your other pets to be in the same room, but only if the guinea pig is safely inside an exercise pen or inside a cage. Keep a close eye on your guinea pig for signs of stress, including hiding, reduced appetite and more sleeping than normal. If you see evidence of stress, keep your cat, dog or other predatory animal away from your guinea pig.


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This article was NOT true in my guinea pig's case. She used to live in a cage in my bedroom but now lives in a cage in our kitchen. Ever since we moved her into a more energetic room she has been more friendly and social. When we first moved her she became best friends with my dog. My dog would sit and stare at her and lay by her cage for hours. My piggy loved it!!!!!!!! She would go up to my dog and nose touch with her through the cage wire. They are BFFs.
Tree-Hugger, whatever
Posted: 7/21/2011 1:35:23 PM
My guinea pig is actually the one who seems to be seeking my rabbit... I think she's trying to chew on some hair near his butt (he has a lot of long, choppy hair near the tail), don't know why. He usually runs away whenever he sees her, ever since she got here. And he's twice her size. :/
Julimar, Eagan, MN
Posted: 6/3/2011 9:55:44 PM
my guinea pigs are not in the same room but near a snake, 2 geckos, a fish, and a..........uh......i forget. they cant see each other but im just checking
jeffrey, pittsurgh, PA
Posted: 4/23/2011 6:00:12 PM
My friend who has two pigs, have a cat who stares at them for hours. Poor things...probably why those guinea pigs are not very friendly.
Pet lover, Peoria, IL
Posted: 7/8/2009 12:05:48 PM
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