Guinea pigs, also commonly known as cavy, originated in South America. This breed of rodents has been kept as a domesticated pet for over 400 years. Guinea pigs still exist in the wild as well, inhabiting areas of South America. Three main breeds exist: the English or common guinea pig with its short, straight hair, the Abyssinian guinea pig with rough, wiry hair in curls, and the Peruvian guinea pig with its long, silky straight hair.
Guinea pigs of any breed make a great pet due to their social personality. The Peruvian guinea pig’s personality is friendly and docile. They do not take up a lot of space, are fairly easy to care for, and do not bite or scratch. Given their social nature, guinea pigs usually prefer to be housed together to avoid boredom and loneliness. Guinea pigs can weigh between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds on average, and the Peruvian guinea pig’s size is between eight and 12 inches long. Read More
When you bring a new pet into your home, you naturally have a lot of questions about caring for your new friend. Guinea pigs may be small, but they still need a lot of care and attention to be happy and healthy. A common question among new guinea pig owner is: Are guinea pigs nocturnal? The answer is more complicated than a simple yes or no.
Owners often want to know if guinea pigs are nocturnal because having a pet that is awake all night and sleeps all day can keep you awake if you keep their cage in your bedroom. Guinea pigs are not, in fact, technically nocturnal. A truly nocturnal animal is active at night and sleeps during the day. On the other hand, a diurnal animal sleeps at night and is awake during the day just like humans. Read More