Amazing Guinea Pig Facts for Kids, Learning and Caring

Amazing Guinea Pig Facts


Many people who don’t own a guinea pig or even those who even have guinea pigs at home usually have questions regarding about the guinea pigs.

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions people usually ask.


  • GUINEA PIGS should never been in direct sun light, always provide shade if they are always situated outside.
  • GUINEA PIGS have common health issues such as respiratory tract infections, diarrhea, scurvy and abscesses.
  • GUINEA PIGS have a good life expectancy, which is for them to live between 7 and 9 years.
  • GUINEA PIGS has teeth that are constantly growing and never stop, they can constantly wear them down by chewing.
  • GUINEA PIGS can secrete a milky substance from their eye during grooming, this is natural, so please don’t worry.


  • GUINEA PIGS rarely scratch of bite, which is why they make such good pets for children.
  • GUINEA PIGS will have males constantly fighting for dominance, stop this by making them grow up together.
  • GUINEA PIGS do not scratch, although you will still need to trim their nails back once every 5 – 10 weeks.
  • GUINEA PIGS need to always be given hay to entice them to keep on chewing (also use mixed grain and seeds)
  • GUINEA PIGS can be extremely happy and start jumping up and down and this is called ‘popcorning’.
  • GUINEA PIGS show you they are relaxed by taking a stretched-out pose while laying down.


  • GUINEA PIGS have the ability to develop social relationships with people and even other animal species.
  • GUINEA PIGS love companions and social environments, so if you cannot always tend to them, get them a partner.
  • GUINEA PIGS are nervous animals and can get stressed easily, generally if they dislike being handled.

Super Powers

  • GUINEA PIGS have a great sense of smell, hearing and even sound – however their eyesight is weak in comparison.
  • GUINEA PIGS have strong genes and the world record for the oldest guinea pig was 15 years of age.
  • GUINEA PIGS are quite round which makes it even more surprising that they are good swimmers.
  • GUINEA PIGS can actually run only 3 hours after birth. Walking comes more natural to them than humans.
  • GUINEA PIGS are born with fur and with their eyes open.
  • GUINEA PIGS have five different types of hair that makes up their coat.
  • GUINEA PIGS are very intelligent and start learning exactly how to get their owners attention from your behaviours.


  • GUINEA PIGS cannot produce their own vitamin C (like humans can) and so they need supplements of it in their diet.
  • GUINEA PIGS need vitamin C and some good sources are through parsley, oranges, tomatoes, strawberries, etc.
  • GUINEA PIGS can eat solid foods from the day that they are born, unlike other animals.
  • GUINEA PIGS tend to also eat their own feces to help supplement their diet, so try not be grossed out.
  • GUINEA PIGS are herbivores (only eat vegetables and leaves) and rarely grow more than 30 cm.
  • GUINEA PIGS need to have a variety of food at the start of their lives, which will ensure they won’t become fussy eaters.


  • GUINEA PIGS can be put with rabbits as friends but not other animals such as rats and mice.
  • GUINEA PIGS can hurt themselves if you have got a mesh floor (our guinea pig cages do not) so please do be carefully when buying.
  • GUINEA PIGS live together in the wild and can be found in grasslands, swamps, forests and rocky areas.


  • GUINEA PIGS need to be bathed once every 10 weeks to stop any parasites and to keep them clean.
  • GUINEA PIGS should be protected from extremely loud noises, as their ears are extremely sensitive.
  • GUINEA PIGS are highly territorial and you might find your guinea pig acting strangely if it has been cleaned out.


  • GUINEA PIGS require 1 male and 3 – 6 females to breed, due to the way that they breed.
  • GUINEA PIGS can be separated from their mother (weaned) after 3 weeks (21 days) of birth.
  • GUINEA PIGS have only got 9 different species.
  • GUINEA PIGS live in herds throughout the wild and is lead by a dominant male guinea pig, called a ‘Boar’
  • GUINEA PIGS can have anywhere from 3 – 5 litters per years.
  • GUINEA PIGS have got 3 main species: English Shorthaired, Peruvian Longhaired and Abyssinian Rough-Haired.
  • GUINEA PIGS are not nocturnal and take mini naps during the daytime, unlike other rodents.
  • GUINEA PIGS have an average amount of 4 – 5 babies but it can range anywhere from 1 – 10.


  • GUINEA PIGS actually are NOT pigs at all and they do NOT come Guinea, no matter what their name suggests.
  • GUINEA PIGS can get so happy that they actually begin to purr just like a cat does.
  • GUINEA PIGS is fastly becoming one of the worlds most common domestic pets.
  • GUINEA PIGS do not have a tail but have bone structure that is constructed for them to have a tail.
  • GUINEA PIGS are not from Guinea but actually originated from South America.
  • GUINEA PIGS actually cannot judge ‘height’ or ‘distance’ accurately, so ensure they are never on high places.
  • GUINEA PIGS only have 4 toes on the front feet and only 3 on the back.
  • GUINEA PIGS have got a couple of names and is mainly called either a ‘Guinea Pig’ or a ‘Cavy’.
  • GUINEA PIGS have been used a pets since 5,000 BC (over 7,000 years ago) and evidence shows it might even be longer.
  • GUINEA PIGS are who they used to use for tests in the 1600’s and is where the term ‘Guinea Pig’ in testing came from.
  • GUINEA PIGS are NOT the same as hamsters.

See also

  • Loads more Guinea Pig info at our helpful Guinea Pig Info Hub.
  • Awesome range of Guinea Pig Cages – Click Here
  • Keeping Guinea Pigs indoors, here’s some helpful info – Click Here