Guinea pigs make wonderful pets for the beginner. They are friendly, cuddly, humorous, and easy to care for. Find out just what makes a guinea pig a real winner as a first-time pet for anyone wanting a furry friend.
Guinea pigs are very outgoing, and love to chatter. That squeaking noise they make is just part of their personality, and males especially are very vocal. The females are noisy too, but it's best to get 2 female guinea pigs so they can play with each other. Males can be solitary and just enjoy human company.
Guinea pigs are also hardy critters, and on the larger size when it comes to rodents, making them easier to handle for beginners. Even better, these guys aren't known to bite, and are very tame when handled often and with care.
Guinea pigs don't require a lot of space, and need basic guinea pig food and Timothy hay to live well and healthy, which makes them a relatively cheap pet. To ensure that your guinea pig lives his or her full 5-7 years, give them lots of attention, fresh bedding, and plenty of food and water.