We all are aware that till the 19th century, they were extensively used as subjects in laboratories. However, nowadays other rodents like rats are used in place of guinea pigs.
Physical Features of Guinea Pigs
Guinea pigs look very similar to mice, but, they have no tail. The average length of a full-grown guinea pig is 25-30 cms. They are believed to be native to South America where they live in burrows in grasslands.
On an average, the lifespan of guinea pigs is 4-7 years. In rare cases, they may even live up to 8-9 years. However, guinea pigs are prone to several diseases and disorders, and hence, there are even cases of them dying at the age of 1-2 years.
You can make a home for your pet with a cardboard, or buy a ready-made wooden one. One should be aware that guinea pigs tend to chew or gnaw at their cardboard homes. It is essential to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in the living quarters of guinea pigs. It is also recommended to not to keep the temperature fluctuating as it can harm them.
It is advised not to experiment with their diet. Lastly, note that these animals constantly require something to chew or gnaw, hence provide them with pieces of wood regularly.