While dogs and cats naturally come to mind when considering what kind of pet to adopt, many households are choosing to go a slightly less traditional route. Guinea pigs, rats, chinchillas and ferrets are all gaining popularity, giving rise to a widening market of pet products and rescue organizations. While a guinea pig (also called a “cavy”) can be an excellent addition to your family, it is important to know that they require more care than some would associate with such a small animal. Here, we’ve outlined a few of the best resources for information and helpful hints regarding choosing your new guinea pig and how to care for him properly.
Guinea Pigs as Pets
This website is an excellent resource if you are considering bring a guinea pig into your home. With an overview of the basics, the information provided can give you a good idea of what it means to assume responsibility for one of these little critters – covering information from the origin of the guinea pig to some daily care and maintenance concerns. Healthypet.com also provides a wide variety of information for unusual pets like Guinea Pigs and pets of all kinds.
>>HealthyPet Guinea Pig Page – healthypet.com
Find Your Next Guinea Pig – Great Pets!
Most notable about this website is the driving force behind it. The dedication of the Humane Society does not end with dogs and cats, but extends to many potential pets, including guinea pigs as pets. This site provides not only a variety of valuable reliable information on cavvies, but also an educational video that gives guinea pig owners and potential owners even more insight into these small pets. This is, of course, information you can trust, and it is from an organization that champions those who cannot champion themselves.
>>Humane Society Guinea Pig Page – humanesociety.org
Medical & Care Guide for Guinea Pig Pets
Guinea Lynx isn’t merely a smaller section of a larger website, but an entire website dedicated to the care and wellbeing of pet guinea pigs. Providing a wealth of information for even novice owners, this website offers a comprehensive and easily navigated format that makes finding the information you need simple and hassle-free. This site includes a highly useful section covering cavy illnesses and potential dangers to your pet’s health. This is probably the most comprehensive source on the web for information regarding guinea pigs, and it is a dedicated resource, which is nice for the guinea pig fans out there.
>>Guinealynx – guinealynx.info
Pet guinea pig care
Complete Guide to raising Guinea Pigs as Pets
Rather than a methodical, veterinary approach to piggy ownership, this website shares the personal experiences of one family’s decision to make guinea pigs their family pets. This site provides real, first hand observations and advice, including some very helpful do’s and don’t’s of cavvy ownership. While the site does lead you to the purchase of a book by site author Nicholas Kemp, the information provided is very valuable. We’ll repeat – the site looks like one big advertisement for Kemp’s book, and it may well be that, but in the meantime it does offer great information on guinea pigs that is very accessible and easy to read. We almost wanted to buy the book!
>>Pet Guinea Pig Care – pet-guinea-pig-care.com
Guinea Pig Pet Rescue
This website was created by veterinarian Ron Hines and provides detailed explanation of some of the most common issues faced by guinea pig owners, including habitat compatibility and breeding challenges. Dr. Hines also gives a brief review of the origin of these gentle pets along with a few interesting trivia facts and some solid advice on choosing the proper pig based on health and temperament. Hines says that guinea pigs are “God’s Gentlest Creatures.”
>>2nd Chance – 2ndchance.info
for guinea pig pet owners
The ASPCA is a proud advocate for animal rights and responsible ownership, and this advocacy extends to small pets including guinea pig pets. With a history of reliability, the ASPCA uses this website to provide extensive information regarding piggy safety and happiness, as well as a variety of links to other resources that cavvy owners might find useful. This site also provides a nifty quick-tips sheet for guinea pig newbies that can be printed out and posted for easy reference.
>>ASPCA Guinea Pig Page – aspca.org
The Guinea Pig Rescue
Guinea Pig Reference Guide for Raising Guinea Pigs as Pets
This website is an excellent resource created by an admirable organization. This reference tool from the Texas Rustlers Guinea Pig Rescue provides a straightforward list of do’s and don’t as well as an extensive library of educational materials. This site also serves as a useful way to connect potential owners with guinea pigs in need, supporting the opinion that pets should be adopted rather than bought. The site also provides information about different guinea-pig related rescue events, and memorials to guinea pigs past.
>>The Guinea Pig Rescue – theguineapigrescue.com