Guinea pigs, also known as “cavies,” are rotund rodents from South America. They are affectionate and gentle, and well-suited for households with children. However, as true herbivores that are very low on the food chain, they should be kept away from dogs, cats, ferrets, and rats.
Also, they cannot jump more than a couple inches into the air. Make sure they are not in danger of falling off the edges of tables, beds, stairways, or other hazards.
Guinea pigs don’t need much equipment:
- A cage or hutch
- Food and water dishes
- Nail trimmers and a brush
- A safe piece of fruit wood to chew
- A hidey hut to complete the picture