If You Need Furry Friends, Consider These

By Rene Santana on July 8, 2019

Dogs are awesome, and cats are the coolest. Okay, since we can agree on these premises, hear me out about this other furry friends option. Guinea pigs. They “week” all week, and eat hay for a living. Also, they look cute at six months to six years! Clean up is fast, and they require only a few moments of feeding. Aside from that, they’re unbelievably low maintenance and provide endless hours of entertainment.

Can’t have pets? Caged animals such as guinea pigs make no mess and produce little sound. Most likely you’d be able to talk your way into keeping them better than you would with a cat or dog.

Then again, maybe because they hardly make a presence, you could *cough* sneak them in. *cough.* It isn’t hard to do so, so long as you only have two.

If you are considering these furry friends, don’t pick up just one. Guinea pigs are extremely social critters, so unless you’re planning on being best friends and taking it to class with you, get them in a pair. That way, they’ll be easy to maintain and you can expect them to be hopping and squeaking in your presence.

To keep the little piggy friends hopping, the easiest way to their heart is their stomach. Feed them hay, preferably enough to last all day, and make sure they have pellets to nibble on when they get peckish. If you want to treat your guinea pigs, feed them a vegetable or fruit from this curated list of safe foods for them to eat. I usually give them a treat after I clean their cage since I am rumbling about their personal space.

You don’t have to pick them up and pet them every day, but if you do so, make sure to establish a habit of it as guinea pigs are very much creatures of habit and will worry if you’re randomly sticking your hand in their space. They’re your friends, so if you think of them as your human friends, I’m sure they would like it if you announced when you decided to come over or made schedule visits.

Have I convinced you? If not, look at these irresistible pictures to edge you on.

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If you’re itching to get started, pick up this bedding and hay so that you don’t spend too much time having to remember to pick up from the feed store. And make sure to have fun with naming your little friends, too!

CWU Graduate | Writer | Editor @WaldorfPress | Favors Tech, UX, and the Serial Comma.

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