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Owning... guinea pigs

Guinea pigs, or cavies, make very good pets. They are rodents, a name which comes from the Latin "rodere" meaning "to gnaw". Their incisors (chisel shaped front teeth) continue to grow throughout their lives, and chewing helps to wear them down. Once tamed, they are very friendly and enjoy lots of cuddling. Guinea pigs are social animals, so it is very important that they are kept in pairs (with both animals being the same sex).

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Hutches, runs , bedding, equipment, dry food, greens
Handling, grooming, nails, teeth and exercise


Handling, grooming, nails, teeth and exercise
Health and ailments
The cost of guineas: - a run down of initial and yearly bills











Mypet guineas ... Tigger and Roo


Tigger (left) and Roo, sisters, were adopted from the local RSPCA shelter in 2000. They have to be the friendlies guinea pigs I have ever met. Sadly, just after her third birthday, Tigger had to have dental surgery and did not make it through the anaesthetic. Roo, however, is still going strong. She enjoys walking in the garden, tomatoes and cuddles. Her favourite pastime is headbutting things.



g u i n e a - p i g-- l i n k s


Cavy Capers - Great guinea site.

The Guinea Pig Hutch - Very nice pig site: pictures, care, information...

Guinea Pigs World - Wheek! Feeding, language and breeds.

Guinea Pig Rescue - Rescue, care and advice, based in West Yorkshire.

Cavyrescue - Excellent health guide, plus information for hamsters, rabbits and more.

Seagull's Guinea Pig Compendium - Cavy corner, care guide, cage-designs.

Guinea Pig Sounds - Hear them wheek!

Treen's Pigs - A fun UK pig site, one of my favourites :)

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Choosing your guinea pigs:- breed, sex and age