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6 Reasons to Get Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs make fantastic pets - they’re inquisitive, characterful, and very affectionate. Happy guinea pigs will provide you with years of entertainment, and remain your companions for between five to eight years. They come in many different varieties, from Agoutis to Roans, from Abyssinians to Himalayans. There are so many different hair colours and types for you to choose from that you’re bound to find your perfect pet.

Red black and white guinea pig on grass

1. Companionship

Guinea pigs are fantastic companions - they are vocal, fun, cuddly, and form strong bonds with both each other and with their owners. As you spend time with these animals, you’ll begin to be able to understand your guinea pigs’ individual personalities and as the bond between owner and pet grows, you’ll probably find that your guinea pigs will become interested in you, too. Many people find that as their pets gets to know them they begin to follow their humans around, pacing the edge of their run to get a better look at what you are doing, whether you are cleaning the house, working or pottering around in the garden.

2. Perfect Pets for Children

Guinea pigs are incredibly gentle animals, and so can play happily with children of most ages, provided the younger kids have been taught how to hold and play with them. Guinea pigs are small, docile creatures who love to be held, stroked and hand-fed by their owners. Children of all ages can safely interact with these animals - small children can enjoy playing with guinea pigs safely on the floor, where there’s no risk of dropping them, and older children can have great fun bonding with them in their run or on their laps. Keeping guinea pigs is fun for all the family, but it’s also a family endeavour and it’s generally advised that only children over the age of eleven should be given the main responsibility for their care. Adults can have great fun with guinea pigs, and often find the experience as rewarding as their kids, but should be prepared to take on most of the care if the guinea pigs are intended as pets for young children.

3. Pleasure

Guinea pig ownership is great fun, and if you’ve never had pet guinea pigs before, you won’t have experienced the unexpected ways in which caring for your pets can be enjoyable. For example, an everyday task such as feeding them fresh vegetables become fun when they race each other to the hutch opening. Another great facet of owning guinea pigs is a desire to get out into nature and scout for tasty tidbits for them - once you start to take care of some you’ll always have one eye out for a particularly lush patch of grass for them to chomp on.
Another key feature of owning guinea pigs is that each has their own personality. Some owners find that their pets are bossy (hilarious in something the size of a mango), some find that they are affectionate, others find that one or two of their pets are very excitable. All will agree that a well-kept guinea pig is a funny guinea pig. Give them enough stimulation and you’ll have hours of entertainment from them.

4. Easy-Care

Compared to most other pets, guinea pigs are actually pretty easy to care for. They don’t require walking, vaccinations or training, and they can eat a number of scraps from your kitchen. Modern guinea pig hutches are very straightforward to clean, and with the attached run that comes with some units you needn’t keep moving your pets every morning and evening. Keeping your pets happy and healthy is quite easy.
These animals don’t require much entertainment, either. As long as guinea pigs have other guinea pigs to keep them company, a few basic toys, and enough space to gambol around in then for the most part they entertain themselves. In short, they are simple to care for and it doesn’t take much to be the owner of some happy, healthy pets.

Shows & Competitions

Believe it or not, guinea pig shows have been held for hundreds of years. From humble beginnings of just a few specimens, they have since become a great tradition, with hundreds of people going to see prime examples of breeds, groomed and primped in all their glory.
The judges are guinea pig experts who weigh up a number of the guinea pig’s features before awarding prizes. They thoroughly examine every animal put forward, checking teeth, bums, ears, coats, eyes - the whole animal is examined and evaluated against a breed standard, and the best pet in the show often gets a rosette as a reward. Why not give it a try?

6. Social or Volunteer Groups

In a similar vein to shows, guinea pig groups have sprung up all over the country. People get together to discuss guinea pig care tips, guinea pig stories, and even to arrange guinea pig playdates! If you’re a guinea pig lover, you can also join or establish a guinea pig volunteer group, which are intended to help look after those guinea pigs in need of homes at your local animal shelter.

Guinea pig tunnel
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Guinea pigs love fresh food from a Treat Caddi
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch (green) with 1m run. The fun, easy way to keep guinea pigs in the garden.
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch (purple) with 1m run is the simple, stylish, straightforward way to keep pets
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch & 1m run is suitable for two to three guinea pigs (or a small rabbit)
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch with 1m run enables your pet/s to express their natural instincts in a fun, safe environment
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch (green) with 1m run. The fun, easy way to keep guinea pigs in the garden.
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch (purple) with 1m run is the simple, stylish, straightforward way to keep pets
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch & 1m run is suitable for two to three guinea pigs (or a small rabbit)
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch with 1m run enables your pet/s to express their natural instincts in a fun, safe environment

Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch 1m

Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch and 2m run, perfect for keeping pet guinea pigs in the garden safely
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch and secure 2m Run is ideal for housing two to three guinea pigs.
The Eglu Go hutch is easy to clean and insulated, making it perfect for all-year use. They will love the freedom to hop in and out
The Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch comes complete with a hay rack, feed bowl and water bottle
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch and 2m run, perfect for keeping pet guinea pigs in the garden safely
Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch and secure 2m Run is ideal for housing two to three guinea pigs.
The Eglu Go hutch is easy to clean and insulated, making it perfect for all-year use. They will love the freedom to hop in and out
The Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch comes complete with a hay rack, feed bowl and water bottle

Eglu Go Guinea Pig Hutch 2m

Zippi Tunnel Systems for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Zippi Tunnel System | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Zippi Tunnel Systems are fun for children and Rabbits & Guinea Pigs alike
Watch your pets pop in and out their Zippi Tunnel System
Easily extend or change the shape of your Zippi Tunnel System
Optional Lock-Out door for the Zippi Tunnel System. Ideal when its time to clean the hutch
The Zippi Lock-Out door is ideal when its time to shift the run or clean the hutch
Zippi Tunnel Systems are wonderful for exercising your Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Add a hay station or look-out to your Zippi Tunnel System
Zippi Tunnel Systems for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Zippi Tunnel System | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Zippi Tunnel Systems are fun for children and Rabbits & Guinea Pigs alike
Watch your pets pop in and out their Zippi Tunnel System
Easily extend or change the shape of your Zippi Tunnel System
Optional Lock-Out door for the Zippi Tunnel System. Ideal when its time to clean the hutch
The Zippi Lock-Out door is ideal when its time to shift the run or clean the hutch
Zippi Tunnel Systems are wonderful for exercising your Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Add a hay station or look-out to your Zippi Tunnel System
Zippi Tunnel System | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Zippi Tunnel System | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Zippi Tunnel System | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

Zippi Runs & Playpens for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Connect your rabbit or guinea pig hutch to a Zippi Playpen or Run
Zippi Runs & Playpens afford Rabbits & Guinea Pigs ideal exercise and adventure
Good times abound in a Zippi Run or Playpen
Zippi Runs & Playpens are the easiest way to give your small pets a large, secure space to exercise and play
Zippi Runs & Playpens are great for interactive play and socializing
Single Height Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Double Height Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Low run Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Low run with underfloor mesh Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Double Height with roof and underfloor mesh Zippi Runs & Playpens
Double Height run with roof and skirt Zippi Runs & Playpens
Zippi Runs & Playpens for Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Connect your rabbit or guinea pig hutch to a Zippi Playpen or Run
Zippi Runs & Playpens afford Rabbits & Guinea Pigs ideal exercise and adventure
Good times abound in a Zippi Run or Playpen
Zippi Runs & Playpens are the easiest way to give your small pets a large, secure space to exercise and play
Zippi Runs & Playpens are great for interactive play and socializing
Single Height Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Double Height Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Low run Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Low run with underfloor mesh Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Double Height with roof and underfloor mesh Zippi Runs & Playpens
Double Height run with roof and skirt Zippi Runs & Playpens

Zippi Runs & Playpens | Rabbits & Guinea Pigs

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