Cutie Pie Guinea Pig
In the rabbit cage under the stairs of the building for primary students, there is also another type of animal that is no less adorable, namely the Guinea Pig! This animal may look similar to a hamster, but its body is bigger. And yes, even though the name is Guinea ‘Pig’, this animal is not related to pigs, but rather part of the family of rodents (like rats). Their scientific name is Cavia porcellus. The word ‘porcellus’ is latin for ‘little pig’. This name may have come about because of the pig-like squeaking noises they make.
The Guinea Pig is an animal that enjoys the presence of humans, and is a great playmate for children. However, they also enjoy playing with other Guinea Pigs, so we should place them at least in pairs or in small groups. Don’t leave it alone, because it can get bored and sad! They communicate using several noises, including the well-known ‘wheek-wheek’ call – a sign of excitement or to find a friend – and a low ‘purring’ sound, which they make when they are feeling content and chilled out. They also emit a series of short ‘putt-putt’ noises when they are exploring.
Then, like dogs, these animals mark areas and objects belonging to them with scents. Guinea pigs scent mark by rubbing their chin or cheeks across things, which helps keep their home smelling familiar and reassuring. In addition, there is another funny behavior to leave scent, they drag their bottoms across the ground to leave scent secretions as messages, which are only understood by other guinea pigs. Therefore it is very important for us not to use another used Guinea Pig cage for a new Guinea Pig, because it will make them uncomfortable and feel wary because he feels that it is not their territory. In addition, it’s also important to make sure that you transfer some of the old bedding back into their accommodation when cleaning.
With the right nutrition, suitable accommodation, company, care and kindness, guinea pigs can live for up to seven years. However, the oldest recorded guinea pig, called Snowball, lived to the ripe old age of 14 years, 10 months, earning a place in the Guinness Book of Records!