I wake up every morning to three little fuzzballs going "wheek! wheek! wheek!"
Guinea pigs Kai, Hawk, and Ellie, came into our lives unexpectedly last winter when they needed to be rehomed.
My husband and I weren't prepared for how attached we'd be to them, but each girl has her own quirky personality, likes, dislikes, and needs.
We dote on them with their favorite foods, nose boops, and tons of yummy hay.
Hawk is the cuddly one that will let us pick her up anytime, and she would climb into my hair if I let her.
Ellie likes to be held, but does not like to be picked up - we call her Princess Potato because she tucks her feet underneath herself and takes on the look of a furry baked potato.
Kai would rather you didn't touch her, but she would love some cilantro if you have any handy - she will come over and say hello happily, just don't get in her personal space bubble.
Here are some facts I've learned as a guinea pig mom:
- They are crepuscular, which means they tend to be most active around dawn and dusk.
- When excited, guinea pigs may repeatedly perform little hops in the air, also known as “popcorning”.
- Guinea pigs communicate through a series of squeaks, chirps and purrs.
- Guinea Pigs can live up to 10 years!
- Guinea Pigs are born with teeth that are constantly growing throughout their lifetime.
- Although they are called “Guinea Pigs”, they are not closely related to pigs, but named for their short, robust body & piggish appearance.
- Guinea pigs prefer to take short naps throughout the day and night.
- Guinea pigs don’t have the same number of toes on their fore feet compared to their hind feet. They actually have 4 on their fore feet and 3 on their hind feet.
- They are very social animals and love the company of others. It is often recommended that they have a buddy.
- Because they don't produce vitamin C themselves, supplements or food that is high in the vitamin must be provided.
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