July 15th is Guinea Pig Appreciation Day! These little guys—also sometimes called cavies—are very cute and fun pets, and can really keep you smiling with their adorable antics. Read on as a Covington, GA vet lists some reasons Guinea pigs are awesome!
First of all, Guinea pigs are really very endearing. Their furry faces, charming antics, and clumsy movements are bound to put a smile on your face.
Guinea pigs are typically quite gentle, as long as they have been properly socialized and are handled gently and regularly. This is one reason they are such popular pets for children!
Cavies are fairly low maintenance: good food, clean water, chew toys, and a comfy cage will cover their basic needs. You won’t need to rush home to walk your animal companion, nor will you have to train him. Ask your vet for more information.
With many small animals, like mice and hamsters, you may not notice much difference between them, at least as far as character. Guinea pigs, however, are all unique, and have distinctive personalities. Some are fearless and friendly, some are timid and shy, and others are complete cuddlebugs.
Your tiny furball may also ‘popcorn,’ or jump straight up and down. Cavies usually do this when they are excited. Needless to say, this is super cute to watch!
Guinea pigs make some really charming sounds. The semi-official term for the most common cavy vocalization is the wheek, which is as adorable as it sounds. Your tiny buddy will also keep you smiling with little squeaks and chirps. Cavies even purr, though they don’t sound quite like cats do.
Although many pocket pets are quite timid, Guinea pigs can be quite affectionate. These little furballs often enjoy being petted and held. In fact, many of them like to sleep in their owner’s laps!
Did you know that Guinea pigs can learn simple tricks? You may be able to teach your pint-sized pal to follow basic commands, like turning in a circle, jumping through a hoop, or going into their cage when told.
Please contact us, your Covington, GA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about caring for your Guinea pig. We are here to help!