ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Guinea Pigs Make the Best First Pet for Kids

Updated on June 21, 2012

How do you find the perfect first pet when you have a child that is terrified of every animal in existence? Well that is the problem I am having with my four year old daughter, Which is a huge adjustment for me considering I was raised on a ranch and my son the same but my daughter didn't get that lifestyle due to I moved away from that life before she was born and she is terrified of every animal known to man.

I tried everything to show her that there is nothing to fear but I could not convince her so I went in search of a pet that was quiet and did not move fast and finally I found it a Guinea Pig. They make very little noise, easy to care for, they very rarely bite, and easy for a child to hold.

If you are thinking of getting your little one a Guinea Pig here are a few tips that will make the decision a little more easier. These are social animals which means they enjoy having company so if you are planning on adding this pet to the family plan sometime in the near future for another and remember to get same sex unless you are wanting to run your own Guinea Pig farm. :)

Their pen size does not have to be huge but I do recommend that it be big enough that they can get plenty of exercise and a place for their house and food to be separate from where they would go to the potty. You wouldn't want that for yourself so don't put your pet in the same situation.

A guinea pig's diet can be a little tricky sometimes for they must get plenty of vitamin C in their diet but no worries. Always make sure you buy Guinea pig food do not substitute with rabbit food for it does not carry all the vitamins that they need. They will also need Timothy Hay. NOT alfalfa hay. Timothy hay provides nutrition for the digestion system and helps keep their teeth maintained.

Guinea pigs require constant water you can also give them fruits and vegetables that naturally carry water like, cucumbers and grapes. They are generally not picky eaters when it comes to fresh fruits and veggies just remember too much of one thing is not good for them. Just like you and I like a variety in our diet so do they.

Try some of these to start your little piggy out on.

Fruits, Guavas (Excellent source of Vitamin C), Grapes, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Strawberries make sure all fruit is clear of any seeds for it could make your piggy sick.

Veggies, Carrots, Broccoli, Cucumbers, Spinach, Potatoes, Cauliflower, and Beans.

Always remember mom and dad when it comes to your little ones handling their pet to always wash their hand before and after holding. If they have a food smell on their hands while it's rare for these little guys to bite it's only natural for something to smell good to want to eat so wash their hand with soap and of course wash after holding due to they do shed and you don't want hair all over your food or in the kid's mouth.

You should clean their pen no less than twice a week to help prevent odors and sickness of your pet. Just about any bedding can be used I use newspaper cause it's cheaper and easier. Also you should trim their nails every 4 to 6 weeks to prevent them from curling under and causing them any pain.

That's basically everything to get you started with your very own Guinea Pig. Everyday hold them, Love them, talk to them, and enjoy the very best pet this mom has discovered in a long time.

Lily the Guinea Pig
Lily the Guinea Pig


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • justateacher profile image

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I love Guinea pigs! When I was a child my dad bought my sisters and I each a Guinea pig...he was told that they were all females...well one was a male...we found out when the females both ended up pregnant...we also didn't know that the piggies could reproduce at a very young age...we found this out when we failed to separate the babies...and ended up with more babies...before too long we had over a hundred of the little things! We finally got them all separated and dad built a really cool cage for them...we began giving them away and after a while we were down to aa dozen...we kept them and they kept us entertained for a few years!

    • kschimmel profile image

      Kimberly Schimmel 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      Guinea pigs are indeed great pets. They are sweet and make good "conversation" when carefully socialized.

    • kittyjj profile image

      Ann Leung 

      6 years ago from San Jose, California

      Enjoyed reading your hub. My youngest daughter loves rodents. Every time we go to a pet store, the first thing she would do is to look at them at the pet area. A friend gave us two hamsters few years ago and we ended up having nine hamsters the next couple years because they had babies. No matter whether it's a guinea pig or hamster, they're great pet. My kids have had a lot of fun playing with them. Too bad they don't live long.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)