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Guinea Pigs



Guinea pigs, also known as the Cavia Porcellus (scientific name), are a species of rodents originating from the Andes on the west coast of South America. These indigenous critters of the highlands were first popularized as far back as the 16th century when European traders first introduced them into western society as a household pet.

By the mid 1800’s, guinea pigs were used as research and test animals in laboratories, thus coining the term “guinea pig” for that brave friend of yours trying something out before you do. Although this sounds like a cruel fate for such docile and cute rodents, guinea pigs were responsible for helping us discover crucial vitamins and cures to diseases! I’m happy to say, no 
guinea pigs are being experimented on today.

The Cavia Porcellus, more commonly known as the Guinea Pig, are cute little critters. Proper guinea pig care is necessary for a healthy cavy.










Guinea pigs weigh roughly 1 to 3 pounds as an adult cavy and have a lifespan of 4 to 8 years depending on many factors that include, cage conditions, nutrition and breed. The coat of a guinea pig will vary in colors, be either curly or straight and long or short. 

These tail-less rodents are surprisingly very vocal, similar to a dog. While a dog will bark, the guinea pig will wheek. In fact, there are so many different kinds of guinea pig sounds you may hear when you’re around them. If you’re lucky, they may even chirp for you like a bird.

 

 

 

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