July 16th is a big day. It’s national guinea pig appreciation day!
Guinea pigs became domesticated around 5000 BC as livestock. They were an easily accessible and plentiful food source to the early inhabitants of South America.
Fast forward a few thousand years and they became the “in” pet for many of Europeans royals.
Now a days guinea pigs a very common pet. They’re friendly, fuzzy and fairly easy to care for.
Here’s a few quick facts:
– the average guinea pig life span is 5-8 years.
-in addition to commercial pellets, guinea pigs need fresh veggies and hay to have optimum health.
-they do best in pairs or groups. Guinea pigs are very social.
– guinea pigs are rodents. And in rodent fashion can begin reproducing as early as 4 weeks old.
– guinea pigs require 8 square feet per pig per cage. Most pet store cages are too small.
-they poop everywhere!
We’ve loved having pigs for pets! They are incredibly easy and very cuddly. When looking for your next pet don’t over look the humble guinea pig!