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    Lightbulb Guinea Pig intelligence

    I was just wondering how intelligent Guinea Pigs were. Can they learn their name and come when called? Could you compare them to the intelligence of a cat or maybe a hamster instead?

    I am not an owner as of yet! Just trying to be informed! Good news though, I did find a local rescue shelter near my house!

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    Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    Slightly more intelligent than an average cat. Pigs have excellent memory and pathing ability. Very habitual. Otherwise each pig's personality is unique.

    Good thing about the rescue shelter, so many people are mis-informed and get a pig from a pet store.

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    Talking Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    My pigs know their names. I call them when I have a special treat for them and they pop out of their hiding place to come get it. They know my voice too. And the sound of a plastic bag. Any plastic rustling and they start screaming, demanding their goodies.

    Definatly smarter than a hamster. I read that they only have like a 30 sec memory span or something like that.

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    Talking Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    My guinea pig doesnt remember his name, but he does remember sounds. When ever he hears someone opening the frig he thinks he is getting some lettuce or something. Its so funny watching him jump around with joy, and I cant not give him lettuce after he gets so excited about it.

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    Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    my guinea pig doesnt know its name but i think its intelligent as it will stay in its igloo and move it around to go near its food as its shy my first every guinea pig was funny i fell asleep on bed with her in my arms and i woke up and there was a poo trail all around my bed but she was still in my arms i think she thought i wouldnt realise it was her if she was in my arms hahaha

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    Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    ha thats funny. I got too many to try call them by their names but when they hear my voice or a bag rustling they start wheeking, whistling, and popcorning all at the sametime.

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    Talking Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    Quote Originally Posted by Loveheart
    it will stay in its igloo and move it around to go near its food as its shy
    My guinea pig did that too when I first got him, it was so funny!

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    Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    its a turtle pig

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    Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    I wouldn't say a guinea pig is smarter than a cat... I have had them learn to come to their name and maybe 1 or 2 vocal commands but in scientific study on rodents their intelligence was decided to be slightly less than a rat which is the smartest rodent.

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    Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    My guinea pigs know the sound of my voice and the one even knows his name. He doesn't "come" to it like a dog, but if I say his name he'll start whistling and wheeking. It's funny, every morning when we come downstairs they'll be completely silent. Then I say "good morning piggies!" and they start going crazy. I think they are a lot more intelligent than most people say they are.

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    Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    I think some guinea pigs are pretty smart. I had one that could recognise his name. I could let him loose for floor time & if I called his name he would come over to me.

    When I would come home from school I would just have to walk through the front door, say hello to my mom & he would start wheeking from all the way upstairs.

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    Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    My pig Salem does the pigloo thing! He moves it around so he wont have to leave his hiding place. Its hilarious to watch.

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    Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    I'm training my pig to when I make a noise or say his name, he will get a treat. I can only do this when his house is removed because he doesn't come out unless its REALLY quiet, he's really shy.

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    Re: Guinea Pig intelligence

    Add on: When I had a pigloo in the cage, my pig would do that, but I thought he was just setting it to where he liked it or its more comfertable

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