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Guinea pigs need time out of their cage every day. Whether this time is spent stretching their legs and exploring new environments or cuddling in your lap, daily interaction and attention are essential for a guinea pig's well-being.
Guinea pigs need to be groomed regularly. Shorthaired breeds can be maintained with a once-a-week brushing while longhaired breeds require daily grooming.
A guinea pig's cage should be thoroughly cleaned on a weekly basis and spot-cleaned every few days. If you don't appreciate the smell of a dirty cage, consider how your guinea pig—who spends nearly all of her waking hours just centimeters above her bedding—feels about stinky living quarters.
Is a guinea pig right for your family?
If you're getting a guinea pig for your child, think carefully about how this animal’s care will fit into your family's schedule over the long haul.
Can your son or daughter incorporate pet ownership into a busy after-school schedule and evening and weekend commitments?
Are you willing to shoulder responsibility for your pig's care if your children drop the ball?
If you have other pets, are you sure your guinea pig will get enough attention?
Do you have young children?
Young children often lack fine motor control and self-restraint, which means they may inadvertently drop a guinea pig, squeeze him, or scare him into biting. Guinea pigs require a gentle touch and may be easily startled by sudden movement and loud noises.