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When Kelly Day contacted The Critter Corral in Steger, IL, about adopting Tater Tot, a guinea pig she’d seen on Petfinder, Rose, the founder, asked if she might consider Coco, a piggy with two things going against her chances of being adopted – a head tilt and pink eyes.  Kelly had adopted from the rescue before and always liked to …

Guinea Pigs are fun, social pets who love the company of other guinea pigs (Read Companionship for Guinea Pigs).  Or in this case, perhaps a turtle.  What better way to know what a Guinea Pig wants than to ask him?!  There are more than 1200 adoptable Guinea Pigs on Petfinder – and 145 adoptable turtles.

“My Nana gave me my first pet ever for my 6th birthday, a guinea pig named Harry. I’ve been hooked on the little, furry fuzzballs ever since,” says Natalie Truman of Manhattan, KS. During her senior year in college, she moved into a pet-friendly apartment and knew she needed a guinea pig to make it seem like home. “Instead of …

Never let it be said that tiny furry creatures don’t have personality. Princess greets her family by standing up against the side of her crate and squeaking, greeting them when they’ve been out of sight. “She absolutely loves chin rubs and is starting to like being petted on her back,” says Amanda Endicott of Wauconda, IL, who adopted her from …

A guinea pig’s health can deteriorate very quickly. By the time problems become apparent, illnesses may be life-threatening. Discover the warning signs of illness in guinea pigs here.

The best entertainment for your guinea pig is a friend as they are extremely social, herd animals who thrive in the company of other pigs. Find out more about guinea pig companionship.

Like rabbits and other small mammals, guinea pigs require an environment and treatment distinct from dogs and cats. Learn how to provide one.

ASPCA Responsibility involves providing proper housing, nutrition, grooming and veterinary care. Background Guinea pigs originally came from South America. They’re larger than hamsters, but smaller than rabbits. They generally live for five to seven years, and are very sociable animals. The various breeds of guinea pigs include Abyssinian, Abyssinian Satin, Peruvian, Peruvian Satin, Silkie (Sheltie), Silkie Satin, Teddy, Teddy Satin, …

Lyn Zantow Domesticated more than 500 years ago in South America, guinea pigs were first brought to Europe in the 1500s by the Spanish and later the Dutch, making their way into the homes of the wealthy as novelty pets. Today they’ve made their way into the hearts of adults who may warmly remember the friends of their childhood or …

Some people complain that guinea pigs are too much work and require too much time. While they are not low-maintenance pets, they are lovable! Find out if a guinea pig is right for you.

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