Not quite ready to buy a dog?
That’s okay, because we understand that sometimes pet ownership is taken with baby steps. Thankfully, we can help you because we have other animals on sale here at PetCenter. Besides puppies and kittens, we have small animals for sale like guinea pigs.
The guinea pig belongs to the rodent family and despite the name, they are not in the pig family nor do they come from Guinea in Africa. Guinea pigs originated in the Andes of South America. In Western societies, the domestic guinea pig has risen to popularity as household small animals for sale.
When you purchase these small animals for sale, we recommend that you take proper care and handle them correctly while they’re young. They actually love being picked up and carried! They rarely bite or scratch, even though they are shy and often hesitate to leave their cage. One of the absolutely cutest and most adorable things about guinea pigs is that they whistle! When they are excited and happy and familiar with you, that’s how you’ll be greeted!
The guinea pig’s natural diet is grass and their teeth, which grow throughout their lifespan, are made for chewing plant matter. Their diets should consist mainly of fresh grass hay like timothy hay and food pellets, which are based on timothy hay. Alfalfa hay is a popular food choice and most guinea pigs will eat large amounts of it when offered. Be careful of over feeding them. They are prone to obesity which could possibly lead to other health problems for the guinea pig animals for sale.
Five Furry Facts:
- The lifespan of a guinea pig is 4-7 years.
- The other name for a guinea pig is “cavy,” which is the short version of their official name, Cavia Porcellus.
- In addition to the whistling we mentioned earlier, they are also known to make a host of different noises like: squealing, chirping, rumbling, and purring.
- When these little animals for sale are happy, they will jump straight up and down in the air, to which it is referred as “pop corning!” The young “pups” as they’re called, will often be seen doing this when they are playing.
- The oldest recorded guinea pig lived to be 15 years old, earning them a place in the Guinness Book of Records.