📷 Source: @thedisneypigs
I had a conversation with someone this morning who said she wants to get her grandson a guinea pig. Whenever I hear this, I cringe. I always start my retort to statements like that with “Guinea pigs are a lot of work.” Then I get the “oh really?” I follow that up with, “you want to get your grandson a Guinea pig, but are you prepared to care for the guinea pig YOURSELF? Because 9 times out of 10, the novelty wears off and the kid becomes disinterested as the guinea pig gets neglected. Guinea pigs require hay 24 hours a day, fresh veggies every day, pellets, whatever bedding you’re going to use, you have to clean the cage DAILY and change out the bedding several times a week, the water bottles need to be cleaned and refilled everyday....”. So by this time, her eyes were as big as saucers. I followed that with “remember when your grandson was an infant and how much time and energy you put into caring for him? It’s pretty much that all over again.” I think I talked her out of getting a guinea pig. I knew darn right well she wasn’t prepared and neither was her grandson. If you’re not ready, willing and able to put in the effort to care for a guinea pig, don’t adopt one!