9 Great Reasons To Adopt A Guinea Pig

It’s Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month! If you’re ready to bring a new pet into your home, a Guinea pig may be a great choice. These little guys—also known as cavies—are super cute. They’ve also got some great qualities that make them wonderful pets. Here, a Tampa, FL vet lists some reasons to consider adopting a Guinea pig.

They’re Quiet

One great thing about Guinea pigs is that they’re usually very quiet. You don’t have to worry about your neighbors complaining about the noise!

They’re Apartment Friendly

Because Guinea pigs are small, they often fall well within the size limits many apartment complexes have for pets. (Of course, you’ll still need to find out if your building allows cavies before adopting one.)

They’re Friendly

Many pocket pets are very timid, but cavies can be very personable. In fact, some of them really enjoy being petted and held. Your little furball may even sleep in your lap!

They Can Learn Tricks

Guinea pigs are quite smart. These guys can even learn some cute tricks, like turning in circles, jumping through hoops, or going into their cages when called.

They’re Gentle

Another reason that Guinea pigs are great pets is that they are usually quite docile. This is one reason they are so often chosen as children’s pets.

Lots Of Options

Cavies come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and coat lengths. Some even have curly fur!


Guinea pigs don’t make much noise, but when they do, it’s super cute. The official (okay, not so official) term for the sounds these little guys make is the Wheek. Yes, it’s as adorable as it sounds.

They Don’t Need Much Room

Cavies do need some time out of their cages every day, but in general, they don’t need a lot of space. You may want to get a two-story cage: that way, you can double your pet’s space without taking up more of yours.

They Like Buddies

While some pocket pets do much better living alone, cavies are quite sociable, and are much happier with buddies. That means you get to enjoy twice the cuteness!


Although Guinea pigs are great pets, they do still have specific needs. Do some research before adopting one!

Do you have questions about Guinea pig care? Contact us, your local Tampa, FL vet clinic, today!

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