Did you know that tomorrow, July 16th, is Guinea Pig Appreciation Day? Guinea pigs definitely deserve to be celebrated. These little guys—who are also sometimes called cavies—can make absolutely adorable pets! Read on as a local North Phoenix, AZ vet lists some of the reasons we love Guinea pigs.

They’re Cute

First and foremost, Guinea pigs are really very cute. They are basically tiny little balls of fur that love to play and run. It doesn’t hurt that they often have these distinguished/confused looks on their furry little face!

They’re Quiet

With a Guinea pig, you really don’t have to worry about neighbors making noise complaints. Of course, cavies aren’t entirely quiet. They do make a range of adorable sounds, which range from ‘wheeks’ to purrs to squeaks.

They’re Gentle

Guinea pigs are very popular children’s pets, in large part because they are very timid and gentle by nature. You will need to handle your little buddy regularly, however, to make sure he stays tame and sociable.

They Can Learn Tricks

Guinea pigs are quite smart little furballs. They can even learn some charming tricks, like turning in circles, jumping through hoops, and coming when called.

They’re Easy To Care For

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, a Guinea pig is a great choice. Simply providing your tiny furball with a comfy cage; proper veterinary care; a good diet, which contains sufficient Vitamin C; and lots of chew toys will cover their basic needs. Ask your vet for more information.

They Take Really Cute Pictures

Cavies can really be little hams. It’s hard not to chuckle at pictures of cavies in pilgrim hats or French berets. In fact, if you look at photos of Guinea pigs online, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find yourself smiling!

They’re Well-Behaved

While we can’t say that Guinea pigs never get into mischief, they are typically very docile. Plus, they don’t need training, and won’t scratch up your furniture.

They’re Affectionate

Unlike many pocket pets, Guinea pigs can be quite affectionate, and often enjoy being held or petted. Many of these little furballs even like to snuggle up in their owners’ laps!

Do you have questions about Guinea pig care? Please reach out to us for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. As your North Phoenix, AZ pet clinic, we’re happy to help!