Is a Guinea Pig a Good Pet?

@Shar19 (8236)
United States
December 7, 2008 11:17am CST
My daughter has been wanting a guinea pig. I'm not so sure if it's a good idea though. Does anyone know much about guinea pigs? What is there life span?
6 responses
@Anne18 (11036)
7 Dec 08
A guinea pig is a very good pet to have, you should keep them in pairs as they like to talk to each other and do get lonely on there own. I have five piggies, my female gave birth three weeks ago. I have one baby and four adult piggies. It depends like any other animal how long they live
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Are they noisy animals? If we got one we'd keep it in my daughter's room and I wouldn't want it to keep her up at night.
@kellys3ps (3726)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I've never personally had one, but we had a class one in Kindergarten that everyone got a chance to bring home for the weekend - he was a good pet.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Thanks for sharing with us.
@missybear (11395)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I know they cute and cutely, but my honey say they stink.Boo Hoo.
• United States
8 Dec 08
There is only an odor if you do not keep their cages well maintained. Sure he is not thinking of ferrets, who definatly have a scent?
@j47lee (742)
• Canada
7 Dec 08
If you have a pair of guinea pigs .. it becomes a problem ..... they multiply like crazy..... my father's fren had a like a pair in the beginning.. and in 3 yrs time.. he had like 3 boxes full of them... he dint know wat to do with them.. lol... it was crazy. lol.. and they even offered us some hahaa..
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I could see where that would be a problem. I would definitely only get one.
• United States
7 Dec 08
I had a guinea pig a few years ago and she lived about a year before she had to be put to sleep (she had a growth on her behind). They are easy to take care of, and can be fun to play with. Occasionally time consuming but for the most part quite a bit of enjoyment
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
8 Dec 08
Sorry to hear about that. I wonder if that was an average life span?
• Philippines
15 May 10
Yes..Guinea pigs are good pets..I have four as pets..They are very gentle creatures and rarely bite..They're quite easy to care for..You can feed them grass which probably is abundant in any house yard..I feed them Crab Grass..They're quite abundant in our yard.. In the wild, they live for about 4-6 years while in captivity, they could live up to 7 years..