What Are Guinea Pigs?

Author Clyde Reid

Posted Nov 13, 2022

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A guinea pig, also called a cavy, is a species of rodent belonging to the family Caviidae and the genus Cavia. Despite their common name, guinea pigs are not native to Guinea, nor are they pigs. These animals originated in the Andes of South America.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of animal is a guinea pig?

A guinea pig is a domesticated species of South American rodent belonging to the cavy family (Caviidae).

Where do guinea pigs originate from?

The African Pygmy Guinea Pig comes from West Africa. The Andean Cavy is from the Andes Mountains of South America. What kinds of food do guinea pigs like? Guinea Pigs are herbivores and therefore enjoy a diet that consists mostly of hay, fresh vegetables and fruit, and pellets (a high-fat diet).

What do you need to know about guinea pigs?

Guinea pigs are very social animals and make great pets. They live, on average, 6 to 8 years, weigh about two to three pounds, come in a variety of colors, and are very social. Guinea pigs should be kept in an open space with access to a sandbox or pen for playtime. Guinea pigs need hay, fresh vegetables and water ad libitum.

Why are guinea pigs called guinea pigs or cavies?

The origin story for pet guinea pigs begins in South America. Guinea pigs were originally kept as pets by the native peoples of that continent. The name, cavies, is derived from cac Aymara meaning “mother's brother.” In Spanish and Portuguese, these animals are also known as cerdos cruzados (“crossed pigs”), because their markings resemble those of a European pig.

What is a guinea pig?

The Guinea Pig is a small domesticated rodent from South America. Humans domesticated this species around 5,000 B.C., possibly from the Montane Guinea Pig. Nowadays, the domestic version, also known as “Cavies,” are a species of their own. They are common household pets, and are very popular because they are docile and affectionate towards humans.

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Clyde Reid is a writer and blogger whose work explores a range of topics, from technology to travel. With years of experience in content creation, Clyde has honed his skills as a storyteller, weaving together narratives that are both informative and engaging. His writing style is accessible and relatable, making it easy for readers to connect with his ideas and perspectives.

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