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can guinea pigs and hamsters live together

Can guinea pigs and hamsters live together?

Hamsters are creatures that many guinea pig owners have in addition to their piggies.

They are extremely cute pets, are low maintenance and don’t cost very much to maintain.

Hamsters also don’t take up very much space.

Their cage can be put in a corner of your home to enjoy the warmth of the environment that they are in.

They are nocturnal creatures who much prefer to do their activities during the night time and then sleep during the day.

This means that they are very noisy at night as they love to run and will often be found on their hamster wheel.

The sound of a whirring hamster wheel will often be heard during the nighttime hours.

This is why it is a bad idea not to sleep in the same room or near the place where a hamster is kept.

Hamsters are not social creatures and most species that are bred in captivity only prefer to be kept alone.

The most popular breed of hamster is the Syrian hamster and they are very much solitary creatures.

Hamsters don’t tend to live for that long, between 2-3 years at the very most and so you really have to make the most of the time that you have with them.


So what happens when you have both a hamster and a guinea pig.

Can economies be made so that it is easier to put them together?

Can guinea pigs and hamsters live together?

No, they can’t at all, unfortunately. These are the reasons why;

They are two different types of creature.

Guinea pigs are very social animals.

They enjoy the company of other guinea pigs and spending time with them.

They do not like living alone that much and do much better when in the company of others.

Their quality of life increases when they spend time with other piggies.

The social interaction and help they give each other gives them life.

Hamsters, on the other hand, prefer to live in solitary situations.

Most hamsters do not enjoy the company of others, even the same types of hamster.

If they are to live with anyone, it is their own kin who they have grown up with since birth and haven’t been separated from.

When they are put with other creatures or stranger hamsters, they get agitated and aggressive.

Putting a hamster and a guinea pig/s together could be disastrous for both creatures from a social point of view because of these reasons.


Can guinea pigs and chinchillas live together

Can Guinea Pigs And Chinchillas Live Together?

Guinea pigs and chinchillas are both from the rodent family. This means that they share similar characteristics and behavior which characterizes them in that family which is a single pair of continuously growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws.

For instance, they both need to chew constantly so as to grind down their teeth. Their teeth are constantly growing and so the only way they keep them trim is to grind them down by chewing things. Otherwise, they get both painful for both guinea pigs and chinchillas.

They are also both prey animals so they are always on the lookout for danger. This is what has helped preserve them over the centuries and means they are here today.

Both species also hail from South America from the Andes region.

Both species make great pets and their popularity as such has increased throughout the world. Indeed some owners have both species as pets.

So although they share that characteristics, this is about where it ends in the similarities between these two species.

What are chinchillas like?

Chinchillas very much prefer to be with their own kind. They like their own space and do not share easily with other different species.

They are a social herd though and live in colonies when they are in the wild. But they can be kept on their own as well and are perfectly happy being on their own. They enjoy their independence.

If they have been together since birth and have grown up together then it is good to keep them together.

If you have a chinchilla that is timid and submissive then it is much better to keep them on their own rather than put them with an aggressive chinchilla.

Guinea pigs are also not very good at living with other species in general. They are a social species and much prefer the company of their own kind, especially if they have lived together since birth. Two guinea pigs that have been brought together later in life take their time to get to know each other.
Two females can get along together and a single fixed male piggie can usually live with two or three females as well.
Guinea pigs have different nutritional requirements from other species and tend to eat food that is different from other species.
For example, Guinea pig pellets and mix and chinchilla mix should not be eaten by the other species
Can guinea pigs and chinchillas live together?
This means it is not good for both guinea pigs and chinchillas to share the same living space and be with each other.  This is because;
1. They have different nutritional requirements.
2. They both prefer living with their own kind.
3. They will both have a tendency to fight each other and defend their space if it is invaded by the other species, which may result in injuries.
Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, where an experienced owner has successfully introduced a chinchilla to a guinea pig and they cohabit well together.
However, this is not a recommended action and can easily turn sour especially if one is not experienced in looking after them.
Even putting them adjacent to each other in separate cages may cause stress.

It is far better to keep them in separate enclosures away from each other.

Can Guinea Pigs And Dogs Get Along?

Guinea pigs and dogs are two very popular pets which can often be owned by the same owner.

Because of their popularity, many guinea pig owners may also own a dog and so in this situation, they are often kept separate from each other with the guinea pig put in a separate room from the dog.

Often a guinea pig will scare very easily and when confronted with a dog they can be absolutely petrified.

In fact the shock may be even enough to do them damage and even kill them.

But is it actually possible for a dog and guinea pig to get along?

Can guinea pigs and dogs get along?

If two different pets are are to ever get along, especially two completely different animals such as a dog and a guinea pig then a good introduction needs to be made that avoids any kind of tension and be made in a slow and considered manner over a period of time.

If a guinea pig and dog are introduced in a slow and considered manner, then this can be done successfully.

What types of dog could get along with a guinea pig?

When it comes to the type of dog which might get along with a guinea pig then younger dogs are more likely to be adaptable to this situation.

Young puppies which are under 4 months old are more likely to accept another species rather than older and more mature dogs that are more set in their ways.

However, they can be quite excitable and so any introduction will require constant monitoring and intervention if things get remotely out of control.

Dogs that also have a strong drive for hunting will not get along well with an animal such as a guinea pig and are more likely to attack them rather than befriend them.

If your dog is passive and shows no desire to hunt will be a better bet to get along with your guinea pig.
A stage by stage guide to introduce your dog to your guinea pig.
If you want to introduce your dog to your guinea pig then the way to do it is to do it in slow stages.
1. When you set up your guinea pig’s cage, let your dog know and see you do it. Avoid letting them see each other, but let them scent each other.
2. Keep the door shut to the room that it is in.
3. Avoid letting them see each other, but let them scent each other. This can be done through vicinity or by sharing an item such as a cloth which has the scent of the other animal on it.
4. If your dog gets upset or aggressive then don’t tell them off, try instead to distract your dog.
5. If you sense that there is no tension in the air, then you can allow the animals to see each other.
6. Let your dog into the room where the guinea pig is but keep control of them at all times
7. If there is any tension then remove the dog from the room.
8. Do this over a number of days in short visits. It will take time, patience and persistence so don’t give up.
9. As your dog and guinea pig become more comfortable with each other you can progress to letting the visits become longer as they become more relaxed in each other’s company.
10. They will require constant supervision until you are absolutely sure that they are relaxed in each other’s company.
This takes time to achieve, but it is something that many dog and guinea pig owners have managed to do.
However, it is quite a skill and not to be attempted unless you know and understand both species of animal.
It should not be attempted unless you are supremely confident in what you are doing.
Otherwise, keep them well separated from each other. They will appreciate it.
how to protect your guinea pigs from snakes

How To Protect Your Guinea Pigs From Snakes

If you happen to live in a country where there happens to be snakes then this can be a scary thing when it comes to keeping guinea pigs.

Snakes that live in the wild, can be likely to appear at any time and look for any place where there is food for them to eat.

So keeping guinea pigs outside becomes a precarious business and they need protecting when it comes to snakes.

If you don’t put precautions in place, then this can lead to snake related deaths.

So it is best not to keep guinea pigs outside so as to protect them from potential invaders to their homes such as snakes.

However, there are owners that do keep their guinea pigs outside, so this post is designed to help this kind of situation.

Snakes are territorial creatures and will come back time and again to their ‘area’ where they reside.

So if the guinea pig lives in that area then the snake will consider the guinea pig and what else is in the cage as fair game for them.

A snake will return again and again, often during the night.

They will look for different ways to get into the cage and will even try to break through the bars or the mesh so as to gain access.

Once the snake gets into the cage, the guinea pigs will have no chance when up against them.

So when considering a cage for your guinea pigs there are certain things that need to be considered with regards to snakes.

If the head of the snake can fit through the cage bars, then their whole body can fit through as well.

The whole of the cage needs to be secure with metal, strong mesh or heavy wooden doors and points of entry that are able to be secured.

There needs to be a roof on the run as well, so snakes cannot climb into a run

You also need to consider that snakes can also burrow underneath if the cage is sitting on the ground as well.

Pythons are particularly lethal for small animals such as guinea pigs.

A large python can grow to 7-10 feet long and even more.

They have the ability to coil around their prey inflicting cardiac arrest or asphyxiation on them.

A guinea pig will have no chance if faced with a snake such as this and will be caught without a problem if it gets into their cage.

This is why if you must keep a guinea pig outside, you must be absolutely certain that it is in a snake proof cage so as to protect your piggie from danger.

can guinea pigs and cats get along

Can Guinea Pigs And Cats Get Along?

Guinea pigs and cats are quite different animals.

They have much different characteristics and instincts that vary from each other.

Guinea pigs are prey animals which informs very part of who they are.

They instinctively look for trouble and run and hide if the sense danger.

Cats are predatory animals who will seek out food to eat. They are athletic and very nimble.

If they see a creature that they think they can eat, they will go for it.

This unfortunately this includes guinea pigs.

That said, there are many owners who have both guinea pigs and cats.

So can guinea pigs and cats get along or is that an impossibility?

The good thing is that it certainly is a possibility that they could get along. However they need training in doing so.

Here are some steps to help in you in this process

1.Don’t leave them alone

They can’t be left to get on with each other as it will end badly for the guinea pig. A guinea pig and cat must be kept safely away from each other to begin with. A cat that doesn’t know any better will not hesitate in hunting down a guinea pig and jumping into their living area.

2.Keep them in separate rooms

If you guinea pig lives inside, keep them in separate rooms away from each other. Keep cat toys or possessions away from the guinea pig’s home. Don’t allow the cat to dwell close to the guinea pig’s home.

3.Let them acclimatize

Let both animals become at ease in their own home. Let them acclimatize in their own area. They may sense another animal in the near vicinity as they may smell them, but don’t let them near each other. It is worth waiting a while until introducing both animals to each other or even make eye contact.

4.Getting used to each other’s scent

Let them get used to each other’s scent by doing some of the following exercises;

  • place some of the guinea pig’s possessions or toys next to the cat’s food bowl. They will sniff them and start to get acclimatized to the smell of your guinea pig. A cloth or blanket that has been used on your guinea pig works well for this.
  • Place their food bowl close to the room where your guinea pig is.


5.Introduce them when they are young

If you are intending to introduce your cat to your guinea pig then it better to do this when they are both young in age. The older they get, the more distrusting they become. They are more likely to grow to like each other if they start at a young age.

A cat under 9 weeks old is more impressionable and more easily taught rather than a mature cat. They are more likely to believe and understand that a guinea pig is there to get along with rather than as prey.

6.Let them establish eye contact

A first introduction needs to begin with eye contact only. Now they have got used to the smell of each other, they need to understand what each other looks like.

This needs constant supervision and it will not be without its stressful moments.



7.Place one inside a cage
Keep them separated by placing the cat inside a cat cage and the guinea pig within its enclosure. Let them watch each other and reward each animal for being calm and be vocal in your praise of them.
8.Keep interaction’s brief
Let the interaction be brief and if there are signs of unrest, withdraw one from the room.
You will need to repeat this process on a consistent basis to let them get established with each other.
Little and often is the key. About 5 minutes a session should suffice.
9.Hold one in front of the other
When you feel the time is right, take one pet out and start to hold them in front of the other.  Only do this if you feel the cat is ready though.
If there is any sing of unrest though, end the session.
10.Get another person to hold the cat
On another occasion, get someone else to hold the cat whilst you hold the guinea pig. Sit next to each other and pet the animals as you are holding them. Let them get used to being next to each other. Try and remain as calm as possible. The calmer you are, the better for all concerned.
11.Let the guinea pig roam whilst holding the cat
Once you feel they are ready, let the guinea pig roam the room and supervise the cat as it roams. Once you feel it is ready, let it go and if things remain peaceful then let things go on. Don’t let them out of your sight.
12. Getting to know each other

Let them get to know one another and check each other out and continue this practice at all times when they are together.

They should never be left alone together and each step should taken with caution.
Many guinea pigs and cats have had very good relationships. But these relationships take time and patience to develop. They are not for those who seek for this to happen immediately.

Can Guinea Pigs And Rats Play Together?

As rodents, guinea pigs and rats can get grouped together in many different environments such as pet stores.

Some owners even have they two species as pets in the same home.

Guinea pigs and rats share some similarities.

They are both rodents and because of this they have a need to chew all of the time.

Their teeth are constantly growing and so they need to grind them down by chewing on food that keeps their teeth the length they need them to be.

If they don’t, their teeth get very uncomfortable for them.

They both need exercise and love to run. They need the space to explore and are very inquisitive animals.

So with this in mind, can guinea pigs and rats play together?

Unfortunately, just because they are from the same animal family and they share certain similarities, doesn’t mean that they can play and hang out together peacefully.

Guinea pigs and rats are very different animals.

They very different characters and have quiet conflicting attributes which if put together in the same habitat, would not end well!

Rats are…

Rats are quite aggressive creatures who like to dominate their environment.

They are predators who are omnivores who like to eat pretty much anything they set their eyes on including animals and plants.

When in the wild, rats will prey on small animals such as guinea pigs and would seek to attack them.

Even in captivity, there is a risk that they would strike out at your guinea pig, even if you think you know them well.

Guinea pig are…

Guinea pigs, on the other hand are nervous animals.

As prey animals, they have survived by escaping the clutches of predators for generations.

They have done this by being quick and smart and by working together in packs and sensitive to their environment.

A guinea pig would not react well to a rat being in the same environment.

At the minimum, it would most certainly scare them!

How should guinea pigs and rats be kept?

Although they are both social animals, they should only be kept with their own species.

Some owners keep them with other species such as guinea pigs and rabbits.

But most certainly, a guinea pig and rat should not be kept together.

Should they ever play together?

If you want to see if they would play together, they need close supervision from yourself to ensure that they do not fight.

If there is even a hint of aggression then they need to be pulled out and separated.

This is not recommended though, and at the least they should be kept in separate environments. The rat in a cage and the guinea pig in a good sized c&c cage or hutch with a run.

They will enjoy this much more and it will save any scares or unsavory behavior between them.




can guinea pigs and dogs live together

Can Guinea Pigs and Dogs Live Together?

Dogs and guinea pigs are some of the most popular pets in the world. They are beloved of many homeowners and indeed many keep both types of pets in their homes.

So the question we are asking is ‘can guinea pigs and dogs live together?’

There are many breeds of dogs in the world today, some large such as Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd’s, or Rottweilers. Some medium sized such as Bulldog’s, Boxer’s, or Bull Terrier’s, to small dogs such as American Cocker Spaniels, Beagles, or even the Cockapoo.

They have differing types of character and temperament and depend on what type of breed they are and how they have been bred.

Many piggie owners have professed to having their dog and guinea pigs live together without any kind of problem at all. That they get along just fine and will even play together.

The following video is a good example.

Keeping Guinea pigs and dogs in the same home.

Indeed, there are piggie owners who have kept dogs such as shelties who have them together in the same home, and if they are bred for their temperament and not purchased from a pet store then they will have very little prey drive.

However, these are isolated cases.

On the whole, dogs are predator animals and guinea pigs are prey animals. They do not get along with guinea pigs unless they are trained to get along. Even then, there is no guarantee that the dog will not harm the guinea pig at all.

Of course it is totally the owner’s discretion as to whether they let the guinea pig and dog share the same space, but it isn’t recommended.

Each dog will have different prey drives, and even within the same breed there will be variety.

What we recommend

It is recommended that a dog is kept totally separate from the guinea pigs in different areas of the home so that there is no risk that the guinea pigs will be attacked.

The presence of a dog may stress and frighten the piggies so keep them separate during any kind of floor time.

If you are unsure whether your dog has been bred to live with other animals, never leave the two animals together unattended even if the piggies are in a cage. Some breeds of dog are very intelligent and find out ways of getting into a cage. If you have designs on the two living together in the same space it would be worth seeking out obedience training for them so that they can recognise the guinea pigs as pack members rather than prey.

However, do take care and be cautious if this is your intention and keep the guinea pig’s welfare at the forefront of your consideration.

We would love to hear your experience of keeping guinea pigs and dogs together. Feel free to share in the comments below.



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guinea pigs vs hamsters

Guinea Pigs vs Hamsters: Which is the Best Pet for You?

Hamsters and guinea pigs are often seen as similar pets.

After all they are round, small, furry, very active and inquisitive animals who are relatively easy to look after.

So if you are wondering which pet is right for you, then this post is going to delve into how they compare as pets and look in an unbiased way which might suit a particular person.

Of course we love Guinea pigs here, but piggies aren’t right for everyone and to look after them well means meeting certain requirements to ensure they live a good life.

So lets dive right in…

Guinea Pigs vs Hamsters: How do their requirements compare?

Nocturnal habits

Hamsters are nocturnal animals which means they are active at night. This means that they are running around their cage, using their wheel and rustling whilst doing so.

Unfortunately, this means they may need to be kept in a separate room away from your sleeping area preferably with the door closed.

Do you have the space to make this happen?

Conversely, if you have a lifestyle which means that you are around the home for most of the day and are looking for a pet to keep you company, then they won’t be much good as they’ll be sleeping most of the time!

Guinea pigs however, sleep in small bursts and are active during the day and night. They sleep when they need to which means that they too will be running around.

However guinea pigs can be kept outside if you live in warmer climates which is much different from hamsters and more beneficial if you are looking for peace and quiet at night.

Child Friendliness

Hamsters are often considered good pets for children because of their small size and relative ease of maintenance.

However because they are nocturnal animals, by the time your child is going to sleep your hamster is waking up. This means that they times when your child can play with the hamster will be few.

Because they sleep during the day they are not that keen on being woken up. So if they are woken, they could well bite.

So if they are handled during the day, then children under 8 years old will need to be supervised by an adult. They do need to be handled with care and consideration and young children do not usually have the handling skills to be able to handle the hamster with the careful touch it needs.

Hamsters are also very agile and quick and so can leap out of hands that do not have a considered grip on them.

Guinea pigs are also a pet that can be handled with ease. They are best handled with consideration and a gentile touch.

I would recommend that children under 8 are supervised when they are with guinea pigs as if they are picked up roughly and are squeezed in a way that hurts, they will scratch you and possibly bite if they are hurt.

Both guinea pigs and hamsters are capable of carrying zoonotic diseases which are those types of diseases that can be passed from animals to humans and a child with an immune system that hasn’t fully developed.

When handling both animals, even adults have to wash their hands afterwards.

Personally, there have been times when I have handled my guinea pigs and have neglected to wash my hands afterwards and have suffered the consequence afterwards.

Hygiene is very important when handling both animals which is why the presence of an adult is important to ensure this happens.


The space that they require

Hamsters are solitary creatures that do need their own space to live. Depending on what type of hamster you have will have an effect on how you house them.

Syrian hamsters for example, need their own space and do not get on with any animals living with them, even their own species.

Dwarf hamsters on the other hand, are much more friendly pets and have the ability to live with other member of their species if they are introduced in the right way.

The minimum space size that hamsters need according to the humane society of America is 24 inches long and 12 inches wide. However if you can go for a larger cage then the larger the better because hamster do love to run around.

A guinea pig requires a minimum size accommodation of a 7.5 square feet cage, however the bigger the cage the better for the guinea pig and so generally 30″ x 36″ is a good size.

Guinea pigs are also very social animals and do prefer living with other guinea pigs which will increase the need for a larger cage as well.

So with this in mind, according to the Humane Society of America

Two guinea pigs: 7.5 square feet (minimum), but 10.5 square feet is preferred; generally 30″ x 50″ is a good size.
Three guinea pigs: 10.5 square feet (minimum), but 13 square feet is preferred; generally 30″ x 62″ is a good size.
Four guinea pigs: 13 square feet (minimum), but more is better; generally 30″ x 76″ is a good size.


Habits and characteristics

Hamsters are renown for being escape artists. They will do anything to get out of their cage and this is quite normal behaviour. This is why their cage needs to be properly secured.

They also chew anything. If there is anything they can gnaw they will do so. This is why their cage needs to be gnaw proof so they can’t squeeze through any space which they have gnawed through. Their teeth are always growing so they need to be gnawing them down all of the time.

They do excrete quite often and will need their cage cleaned out and lined with newspaper and wood shavings to absorb it all.

Guinea pigs excrete often as well and will need a similar maintenance schedule to clean their cage out.

Guinea pigs eat all of the time and need a constant supply of hay to grind Grier teeth down just like hamsters.

Guinea pigs are best with other piggies and companionship makes them happier.


What do you need to purchase?

The purchase price for both a hamster and a guinea pig is small but here are costs that you need to consider.

For a hamster you will need the following ;

  • Accommodation in the form of a cage, aquarium.
  • A nesting box
  • Bedding and nesting material
  • An exercise wheel
  • Water bottle
  • A food dish
  • Hamster chow
  • Hamster toys
  • Hamster treats
  • Regular food

Guinea pigs on the other hand require

  • Accommodation in the form of a hutch or cage plus a run
  • Bedding and nesting hay
  • Water bottle
  • Guinea pig toys
  • A food dish
  • Regular veggies
  • Guinea pig house
  • Regular feeding hay

There is no doubt that hamsters are the cheaper and more economical pet to own. Mainly due to the accommodation they need.

Both Guinea Pigs and Hamsters also need veterinary care when they need it so a consideration is needed as to how you pay for that or whether insurance is needed.


How much time do they need?

Hamsters are known for being quite independent creatures and have the ability to entertain themselves for long periods.

However, they can’t just be left in a cage with nothing to do. They do need toys, a hamster wheel and plenty of opportunities to burrow and to climb.

They also need handling daily and benefit from human interaction. By handling daily you can get to know them and they can get to know you and build trust.

This makes them ideal if you have a full time job and can interact with them when you get home.

They also need their cage cleaned out once a week at the very least.

Guinea pigs are also quite self sufficient, especially if they have other guinea pigs to keep them company. H

owever, if they live on their own, they do need time spent with them and the recommended time spent with a lone guinea pig is 2 hours a day.

So they are more demanding in this instance.

They also need feeding twice a day and their accommodation spot cleaned daily with a through clean done once a week.


Lifetime commitment

Hamsters can live between 2.5 to 3 years depending the species. This can be a disadvantage if you have younger children who aren’t prepared for the death of a pet.

Guinea pigs however live between 6-8 years depending on how they are looked after and so there is more time to enjoy them.

In conclusion

Hamsters are definitely the less demanding pet, and the most economical as well. However, they don’t live as long which can be a benefit and a disadvantage.

Guinea pigs require more time, space and money spent on them and so you need to consider whether you are ready to give what is required so that they can live a happy and fulfilled life.

Guinea Pigs vs Rabbits: Which Pet is right for you?

Guinea pigs and rabbits. Both cute and adorable pets right?

Absolutely, they are both great pets. But how do you know which one is right for you?

In this post, we’re going to look at the similarities and differences between them so you can make up your mind as to which pet is right for you.

Guiena pigs vs Rabbits: The Similarities


Both guinea pigs and rabbits enjoy similar types of accommodation. Both are at home outside in a hutch or inside a home. They do not like being limited to a small space and enjoy having space to run around in. The accommodation needs to be dry and cleaned out often, free of poo droppings. They much prefer warmer temperatures between 10 degrees and 25 degrees Celsius but can handle the cold and survive it if they need to.


Both rabbits and guinea pigs need hay to chew on all the time. Both need hay to grind their teeth on and to give them some of the nutrients they are missing. It is the most important food that they need to eat. Both rabbits and guinea pigs cant take foods with too much sugar, calcium and fat.

They both cant eat cooked food and only drink water as a staple food. Fruits should only be fed to both species sparingly and both species should not be eating carrots and lettuce as much as you would think.


They both require regular feeding, and hay and water must be always available for them to eat on demand. Their teeth are constantly growing and so need grinding down.
Their hutches will require cleaning out at least once a week at the minimum as they are always pooing or weeing.

If you have longer haired breeds of guinea pig or rabbit they both need their hair maintained on a weekly, if not daily basis. This is especially the case around the anus where excrement can be built up on the anus of both species and around their feet from the mud that they drag into their hair.

Short breed varieties of both species are both quite low maintenance pets and can be left whilst the owner is at work as long as they have both hay and water available.


Both species are inexpensive to purchase and maintain. They can be bought from pet stores and rescues alike, or from listings on the web. They tend to be roughly the same cost.

Owner friendliness

Both species react well to their owner treating them well. The more time you spend with a rabbit or a guinea pig, the more they respond to you and are friendly. The less time you spend with them, the less they will be friendly and will be afraid of you.


They are both very fast runners and so are hard to catch if they were to escape their accommodation.

Keeping Guinea pigs and Rabbits together

Some owners of both species have kept them both together in the same accommodation. This can be done but must be done with great care, and is not recommended for new and novice owners. They are much better being kept separate.

Child friendliness

Both guinea pigs and rabbits are very good first pets for older children. Younger children however do need to be supervised around them to ensure that both species receive the care that they need.


Guinea pigs vs Rabbits: The Differences

Size and growth

Obviously there is a size difference between guinea pigs and rabbits once they grow the maturity. Guinea pigs only reach a certain size, where as rabbits can grow much larger.The Mass of a guinea pig is between 0.7 – 1.2 kg (Adult) and they measure in Length: 20 – 25 cm (Adult). Where as a rabbits weigh between Mass: 0.4 – 2 kg (Adult, In Wild) and Length: 20 – 50 cm


Guinea pigs tend to live between 5-8 years where as rabbits can live anything between 9 to 12 years if their diet is right.


Rabbits tend to need around 8 hours of straight sleep and much more heavier sleepers than guinea pigs who much prefer to sleep on and off and even sleep with their eyes open to stay on guard for predators.


Rabbits and guinea pigs do have certain differences and both species have different nutrient requirements and so they cannot be fed entirely the same foods.


Rabbits have the ability to jump and to burrow which has repercussions on the accommodation you provide. Any rabbit runs, must either have a ceiling on them or be high fenced. They must also be burrow proof. Guinea pigs however, cannot jump or burrow and so these precautions need not be met.


If you are wondering whether to buy a guinea pig or a rabbit then it all depends on what you like. Both species are as owner friendly as each other. It really depends on which you would like to own and what suits you. Both are as inexpensive as each other and low maintenance. They are both very friendly creatures and respond well to human interaction.

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Can You Keep Cats and Guinea Pigs Together?

Cats and guinea pigs. Are they the type of animals that would get along when they are put together?

A lot of owners have both cats and guinea pigs in their home and are loved and valued equally.

They are both great pets that people really love and have affection for and are also pets who give affection back in equal measure

However, cats are very territorial and take exception to other animals on their territory, especially other cats who they do not know. They can be trained to enjoy other animals company though and have been known to be very friendly and hospitable to others on their territory.

There have been instances I have heard of where the cat has almost killed the guinea pig when put together.

Its worth keeping them apart until you are sure that the cat wont be aggressive towards the guinea pig. Until then,keep the guinea pig in a closed cage so that it is safe.

Once they see that the guinea pig cant get to them they may be tempted to swipe at them which is why a top on the cage is a good idea.
You may find that cats are scared of guinea pigs when they are out of the cage.

Cats are hunters by nature and guinea pigs are prey animals so you do need to be careful when putting them together.

If you would dare to do such a thing, then they need to be supervised and be watched carefully until you know that they will be safe in each other’s company.

If they don’t get along then just keep them separate and make sure that they don’t spend time together, however if they do then you may wish to try and extend the relationship between them and the time they spend in each other’s company.

Here’s a vid of a couple who tried. As you can see the cat was intrigued and kept trying to swipe the piggie.