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"Why do you want guinea pigs?" - a question asked

2Ellen

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I was wondering if anyone has been asked these type of questions by people who don't own guinea pigs...

1. Why do you want guinea pigs?

2. What kind of activities can you do with them?

There are a lot of dog owners out there, especially in my town, and it's kinda obvious what type of activities you can do with a dog.

What answers would you give to those 2 questions and have you ever been asked those questions before?
 
1) Because they're cute and entertaining.

2) Feed them, trim their nails, cuddle them (if you're lucky). Some few people can train them. But if you're looking for a pet to do activities with, a guinea pig isn't it. Leashes are terrible for their backs, and they don't enjoy walks anyway. They don't play with you like a kitten or a puppy. My favorite thing to do with them is just to observe.

Yes, I've been asked those questions before.
 
They're also very very stress-relieving. They make great comfort animals. Just watching the cage for five minutes and seeing them up to all sorts of mischief is better for me than trying much else.
 
To some people, taking care of them and their cage everyday seems like more work than fun. Aren't there other pets that are "cute and entertaining" that don't take up as much room? I've been asked that question too. They mention hamsters, fish, mice...even a hermit crab. I've never had a hamster or a hermit crab and don't know the first thing about them or their personalities?
 
I wanted them because I love to care for creatures and they were another that I wanted to care for. I quickly fell in love with their antics and personalities to though
 
Because I enjoy giving all my money to furry little creatures who don't particularly seem to like me most of the time. :)

No seriously, they're better entertainment than tv will ever be.
 
I got them because I enjoy having pets, I was on my last 2 show betta and decided to upgrade from fish to mammals. My piggies do cuddle me, but it took some "training" (forcing them to do so)

They stop you from getting too lonely, they sometimes appreciate you, they eat and squeak.
 
I like how they have a language all of their own with quite a volcabulary. It makes them more interesting than some animals. Also, I am disabled with a chronic illness which leaves me exhausted most of the time so a low energy pet is easier for me to keep up with. How much maintainance they need really depends on the size of their cage. Larger cages don't get dirty as fast as smaller cages.
 
My dad asked question number one as "Why do you want rats?" because all rodents are rats to an old farm boy. He still doesn't understand why I like my guinea pigs, except Rose who is "the personable one." I love just watching my pigs. They have such ridiculous personalities and are smarter than a lot of people think.
 
I just love reading all of these! Brings a big smile to my face :)
 
Because there’s nothing better than coming home after a bad day at work and being greeted by excited wheeking. Which sure is mostly for their evening salad than for me, but it’s still my favorite part of the day.
 
I like how they have a language all of their own with quite a volcabulary. It makes them more interesting than some animals. Also, I am disabled with a chronic illness which leaves me exhausted most of the time so a low energy pet is easier for me to keep up with. How much maintainance they need really depends on the size of their cage. Larger cages don't get dirty as fast as smaller cages.
I love to hear my piggies do the "woot woot woot" [emoji7]

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I wanted a "low maintenance" companion for my two daughters. Something I wouldn't have to take for walks or clean up firball messes. I wanted something for my daughters to adore, and teach responsibility. I had been a dog owner my whole life. I did my research and decided to try a cavy on the recommendation of a good friend. I'm so very glad I did. We ended up with two sows, who are so sweet. We are taming them, they naturally cuddle and purr for us, and we love listening to them talk. We call them our therapigs.....and we can't wait to watch them grow up with our family. Our piggies have a lot to say, it's free entertainment! Cleaning our cage is a labor of love, and my daughters have a positive place to channel their energy into.
 
My favorite part is watching them sleep. Melts my heart when they curl up or kick out their cute little feet. I also enjoy the cuddles. Plus they crack me up when it's feeding time and they run around like crazy pigs. Have you ever noticed how their ears wiggle when they give hearty wheeks?! I just love them to bits :)
 
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