Guinea Pigs are pets that like human interaction and touch. They require a quiet and stress-free environment. This fact means that they may not be the best pet for children if your child likes to cuddle their pets often.
If, however, you educate your child on how to interact with the Guinea Pig appropriately, most will do just fine.
Guinea Pigs are not recommended for a household with children younger than 6 or 7 years, and especially close supervision would be required around infants or babies. You will need to provide vigilant supervision at all times.
Buying a young or newborn Guinea Pig for kids is not a good idea and is not recommended. In this article, we will focus on discussing having an adult Guinea Pig as a pet for kids.
Are Guinea Pigs Good Pets for Kids?
Guinea Pigs are safe pets for kids. They do not cause harm to anyone. However, they can spread diseases if not properly taken care of. After handling Guinea Pigs, wash your hands. They are mammals with fur and, therefore, may have certain harmful bacteria on their body.
Guinea Pigs are not aggressive but can bite if they are stressed from too much contact. A bite from an adult Guinea Pig is painful.
- Children can have allergic reactions after interacting with a Guinea Pig. If this happens, seek medical attention for the reaction and prevent further contact between the child and the Guinea Pig. If your child must handle the Guinea Pig and had an allergic reaction, make sure they wear gloves to avoid the transfer of any allergens.
- Whether Guinea Pigs are a good pet for children completely depends on the parent. Many children do not prefer rodents as pets. If you have a child who does, make sure to educate them and set ground rules around the Guinea Pig’s care.
- Make sure that your child doesn’t handle the Guinea Pig without supervision.
- Guinea Pigs can be an excellent pet once your child understands their nature. At the end of the day, it is a parent’s responsibility to care for the Guinea Pig and their kid.
Cuddling your Guinea Pigs
Be very careful when you or your kid handle guinea pigs. Only lift and play with them once they are comfortable with you.
Most of the people buy the Guinea Pigs to hold and cuddle them. If you want to hold and cuddle them, then make sure they trust you. Let them come to you and sit inside your palm. After they settled down in your palms, do not squeeze them. They like to stay with you for a long time.
- Pet Guinea Pigs are not cuddly pets. But they show affection in different ways. You should always hold your pet Guinea Pig smoothly. If you want to hold them up, you have to form your hand like a cup with both your hands and scoop your Guinea Pig up. Never grab your pet Guinea Pig’s tail. They will be scared, and they may lose their tail which can never grow back.
- If you do not like to pick your pet Guinea Pig with your hands, you can try to pick them up by a cup or a bowl and place your hand on top of it to prevent your Guinea Pig from escaping.
- Be careful when they are in a higher place. They might want to jump or run away anywhere, anytime. Make sure that they cannot fall from greater heights, as this causes injuries
- Be extremely attentive when placing them back to their enclosure – they may jump off from your hands and injure themselves. If they are uncomfortable with you, they will struggle when you hold them. If this happens, just put them back down gently and try again tomorrow.
- The daily repetition of this will make them less scared of you and may eventually make them feel comfortable playing with you.
Signs of the scared Guinea Pigs
When the Guinea Pigs are scared, they will do some activities which can identify that they are scared. They are as follows,
- It stands on its hind legs with its front paws pressed together
- Hiding away in corners of the cage
- Reduced appetite
- Refusal to accept treats
- Foot drumming
- Frequent vocalizations
- Red tears
Calm your Guinea Pig pets
If they are scared of your toddler then you need to calm down your Guinea Pigs just by being friendly with them. You need to do the following as well as teach your kid to do the same,
- Soft interaction: Whenever your Guinea Pigs get scared, you need to interact with them very softly in a gentle voice. This makes your Guinea Pig pets to get feel that you are their best friend.
- Toys And Accessories: Provide your Guinea Pigs with their favorite toys. Those toys will make them be in peace mentally. Their favorite toys include running wheels, tunnels, Guinea Pig balls, chew toys. You also need to provide their necessary accessories to keep them calm and happy.
- Space Burrowing: Guinea Pigs will dig more and more even when they live in captivity. This allows your Guinea Pigs to concentrate on creating tunnels and burrow. These tunnels and burrows make your Guinea Pigs get warm and dark to sleep. The Guinea Pigs will sleep well in the light. So they need some hiding spots to go during the day when everyone is up.
The Guinea Pigs are small creatures that need to handle with care. If you behave very rough with them, they will be scared of you. If you squeeze them roughly, or interact with them in a rough voice, or throw them up and catch them before they fall, all these rough activities make them be scared.