The correct name for guinea pigs is Cavy, pronounced “kay-vee”. They a cute, smallish and chatty. Guinea pigs resemble hamsters...
Guinea pigs usually weigh around 3 ounces at birth, around 1-2 pounds full grown, and live for 5-6 years. An adult will measure 8-10 inches from the tip of its nose to the end of its rump. Their hair comes in a wide range of colors and the hair may be long, short or short and curly. Cavies have a very good sense of smell and sensitive hearing. They love to vocalize with squeals, chirps, squeaks, and whistles. Although not known for their intelligence, they do recognize their owners and will seek them out and return affection.
Guinea Pigs as Pets
Guinea pigs are cuddly, comical, and clever. They make wonderful pets for children/adults and can be very social animals. The animals do better in pairs, as they prefer company, so unless you have a lot of time to devote to your pet getting at least two is often a good idea.
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