Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.
The Guinea Pig
Hooray! Your parents tell you that you're old enough to get your first pet! You can't decide between a rabbit, a fish, and a guinea pig, so you decide to do some research to help you choose. This lesson will teach you all about guinea pigs so you have lots of information to help you make your choice.
Guinea pigs are small, furry rodents that humans have domesticated to keep as pets. Rodents are a type of mammal that all have large, sharp front teeth that never stop growing. While rodents come in all sizes, Guinea pigs are very small! They weigh between two and three pounds and are less than one foot long. They can be lots of different colors like brown, black, white, and grey. They can have short or long hair. They usually live for 4-5 years but can live to be as old as 8 years.
Guinea Pig Food
Guinea pigs eat some of the same food as people! They like to eat hay and grass as their main food sources, but they love to eat fruits and vegetables as a special treat. Pet guinea pigs will often eat a type of food made especially for them called pellets. You can buy pellets at the pet food store and this food has all of the vitamins and minerals that guinea pigs need to keep them healthy. There are some foods that cause guinea pigs to get sick, such as candy, chocolate, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes.
Caring for a Guinea Pig
Guinea pigs are really popular pets. They were domesticated almost 500 years ago when European traders brought them to America. To be a responsible pet owner, make sure you give your pet food and water every day. You should keep your guinea pig in a cage to make sure it is safe, but you need to clean the cage every week. Guinea pigs love people and need lots of exercise, so make sure you take it out of its cage to play and be held every day!
Guinea Pig Fun Facts
- Baby guinea pigs are called puppies, just like baby dogs.
- Guinea pigs sometimes jump in the air when they are happy
- When guinea pigs are mad, they will chatter their teeth.
- Guinea pigs make a squealing sound when they want your attention, are hungry, or are mad.
- Even though they are called guinea pigs, guinea pigs are not a kind of pig and they are not from the country Guinea!
Guinea pigs are small, furry rodents that people keep as pets. Rodents are a type of mammal that all have large, sharp front teeth that never stop growing. These animals come in a variety of colors, weigh no more than three pounds, and usually live about four of five years. They eat pellets (a type of pet food especially for guinea pigs), hay, grass, fruits, and vegetables. They are very social pets and love to be held and played with.
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