Should I Get A Guinea Pig or A Bunny Rabbit?
Rabbits and Guinea Pigs are both popular small animal pets, but which one will suit you? When deciding on a small animal pet, there are many things to take into consideration. This article will guide you towards the best pet for your home, lifestyle and pet expectations. Please note that it is usually not recommended that you keep a guinea pig and a rabbit together, as the rabbit is capable of doing serious damage to the guinea pig.
Rabbits make great solo pets. They don't need the company of their own kind, indeed, some are very territorial and will not be impressed if they are made to share their home with another bunny. That said, once rabbits do bond with one another, that bond is a very strong one that should not be broken lightly.
Rabbits can be housebroken, which is great news for owners who want a pet that can come out of its cage sometimes. Even a housebroken rabbit is still a risk for chewing on things like electrical cords however, so if you do get a house bunny, make sure you bunny proof the room it is allowed out in.
Rabbits have very different temperaments. Some are lovely and calm and like to be petted, others want absolutely nothing to do with their owners. This can be disappointing for people who want to cuddle their pets occasionally. If you get a grown rabbit, you will know what kind of temperament it has, so it is recommended that people who want a bunny and want a friendly bunny choose an adult instead of a baby.
Rabbits are very smart and will amuse you with their antics. Even the meanest bunny can still be quite adorable and sweet when she is at play.
Must be kept in groups of two or more. If you are only allowed one animal, then please, don't get a guinea pig, it will be terribly sad and miss the company of its own kind. Two female guinea pigs are recommended for most people who want to keep guinea pigs, although males can sometimes get along, or a neutered male and a female will also do well together. Keeping a male and a female together is a sure fire recipe for lots and lots of babies.
Unlike Rabbits, Guinea Pigs cannot be housebroken, which means they will need to be confined in a cage or run when you are not handling them. On the plus side, Guinea Pigs make far less mess than Rabbits. A Rabbit can turn its cage into a pigsty within a single night, and their pee stinks to high heaven. A Guinea Pig, on the other hand, may keep its cage relatively clean for a day or two, and even when it comes time to clean it out, it will usually not smell quite so bad as a bunny cage.
Guinea Pigs will almost always try to run away if you try to catch them, but most of them are quite happy to be petted and held once they have been caught. In my experience, Guinea Pigs are much more docile and calm than most rabbits, so a person looking for a nice calm pet they can hold and hug would probably be better off with a guinea pig than a rabbit.
Guinea pigs are on average, less smart than rabbits and will most often sit about calling to one another. It's really a trade off between intelligence and the chance of a bad temper, versus a slower mind but a more docile nature.