To celebrate the Disney DVD and Blu-ray release of G-Force, 27 January 2010, we asked Katrina Warren for her top tips and facts on Guinea Pigs.
Interesting facts about Guinea Pigs:
* Guinea Pigs are native to South America and are also known as Cavies
* Guinea Pigs are not pigs but are classified as rodents. Like pigs, however, a female is called a sow and a male is a boar. But unlike pigs, the baby guinea pigs are called pups. * A group of Guinea Pigs is called a herd
* Guinea Pigs are born with their eyes open and a full coat of fur and can run and eat solids within a couple of hours of being born
* Guinea Pigs have a variety of coat types. The most common is the Smooth-haired which has a short coat. There are also Long-haired varieties which require daily grooming and Coarse-coats which have swirly hair and a cute rough appearance.
Do Guinea Pigs make good pets?
* Yes, but only to those prepared to commit to giving them proper care. They have a life span of five to seven years which requires a long term commitment.
* Guinea Pigs are inquisitive, talkative and rarely bite
* They are great pets for people with limited space
* If socialised with humans from a young age they are affectionate and cuddly
* Because they are small and fragile they are not recommended for children under five