Did you know that they are neither pigs, nor did they come from Guinea, or cost a guinea (an old British coin worth £1.05)? The name pig most likely came from their shape, and also from the endearing squeaking noises that they make. The scientific name for the guinea pig is Cavia porcellus , and porcellus means little pig in Latin. This is also why you may hear of them being referred to as Cavies. Read on to find out more fascinating facts about these delightful pets.
Lets take a closer look at Guinea Pigs
Linda, 24 July 2019
I have had numerous guinea pigs for about 25 years. I have ‘Misty’ a female guinea pig for 4.5 years. She has a younger guinea pig friend in an adjacent cage. Over the last 12 months Misty has developed a tumour, or what appears to be a tumour in her backside. It is still growing and is now the size of a small orange. Misty is fine in herself and is eating sleeping weeing and pooing normally. She moves about her cage without any problem. Our vet says it may or may not be cancerous or that it may be a cyst. We know from experience guinea pigs do not react well to an anaesthetic. I have made a decision to monitor Misty ‘s condition continually and as soon as I feel she is starting to suffer pain I will take her back to the vet. I suspect I know what the vet will suggest! Has anybody else on the forum come across a similar problem? Thank you
Carol, 24 May 2019
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Megan, 16 April 2019
Ive had a guinea pig for 9 months and 4 and i only have one cause my parents wont let me get two what do she got a 30 in, 17 and 3/4, 17and 3/8 and she has no side effects of depression or any lonelyness and she gets scared when i tryed to pick her up from the side but she licks me and will feed right out of my hand it just im worried about her getting depressed so tell me what to do im only a kid and need help and tell me how to tame her also i got her from petco or pet smart so when u get this respond back cause i need help
Terri, 4 April 2019
My guinea pig has sores n hair loss on his side
Harriet, 13 May 2018
I@m new to this website and i love it. last year i got a guinea pig for my birthday having wanted one for years and i just love looking at all the different toys for them.