Your child has been begging you for a pet, but you are still on the fence about adding another member to your busy household. If your house is empty for much of the day or your family takes several extended vacations a year, you may be hesitant to adopt a dog or cat. Birds, fish and reptiles may seem like a logical choice, but if you are looking for a more cuddly animal for your child’s first pet, consider adding a guinea pig to your family. This article will outline some reasons why choosing a guinea pig for your son or daughter’s first pet can be a very wise choice.
Guinea Pigs Are Cute And Cuddly. Choosing a bird or a fish for your child’s first pet certainly has it’s advantages, but those animals are not easy to snuggle up with. Most children desire a first pet to be one they can pet and give hugs to. The more a guinea pig is socialized, the more it will welcome being held, pet and stroked. Even the smallest of children can be taught to hold a guinea pig gently and give it loving affection.
Guinea Pigs Do Not Require An Overwhelming Amount Of Maintenance. Unlike a dog that needs to be walked or let outside several times a day, guinea pigs spend most of their time in their cages. While the animal’s home certainly needs to be kept clean and stocked with fresh bedding, this can be done on a twice weekly basis to keep it in top shape. Children can easily tire of cleaning up after a dog several times a day, or even scooping out a litter box on a daily basis. Cleaning up after a guinea pig requires far less effort.
Guinea Pigs Can Be Left Alone Longer Than A Dog Or Cat. If your child already has a busy schedule due to school and work commitments, it may be difficult for him or her to give another pet the attention it requires. Guinea pigs are far more forgiving and will not chew up slippers or start having “accidents” due to a little less attention once in a while.
Feeding A Guinea Pig Is Less Expensive And Less Messy Than Other Animals. Parents often take over feeding the family pets because of the sharp edges of the pet food cans. Guinea pigs mainly subsist on dry pellets that can poured out of a plastic bag. Even the fancier mixes that contain extra treats for the pig is dry and easy to distribute. Your child can certainly manage to fill the animal’s food bowl every day without complaining about getting injured or the consistency and smell of the food. Compared to a dog or cat, guinea pig food is fairly inexpensive, which is a plus for your family budget too.
It is Not Necessary To Take Guinea Pigs Outside During The Winter. Guinea pigs can get their exercise by puttering around the house in a large plastic ball. They eliminate their waste in their cages. You will not have to listen to a child complaining about needing to take the animal out to exercise or take care of their business when it is ten degrees out. These animals can spend their lives indoors, which will make it very convenient for the child to fulfill his or her pet responsibilities.
If you are looking for a pet that your child can take care of with a minimum amount of supervision, but will also welcome lots of hugs and cuddles, a guinea pig may be just the pet you are looking for.