What do guineas have to do with guinea pigs?
They are called Guinea Pigs because they were sold in England for a Guinea, which is a coin used over in the United Kingdom.
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Guinea pigs (also commonly called cavies after their scientificname -Cavia porcellus meaning pig-like cavy ) arerodents belonging to the family Caviidae and the genus Cavia.…Despite their common name, the animals are not pigs, nor do theycome from Guinea. They are originally native to the Andes, they are closely relatedto several species which are commonly found in the grassy plainsand plateaus of the region. The guinea pig plays an important rolein the folk culture of indigenous South Americans, especially as afood source, but also in folk medicine and in community religiousceremonies. Since the 1960s, the guinea pig has become increasingly importantas a staple food in the Andes, and efforts have been made toincrease consumption of the animal outside South America. InWestern societies, the guinea pig has enjoyed widespread popularityas a household pet since its introduction by European traders inthe sixteenth century. Because of its docile nature, the relative ease of caretaking, andits responsiveness to handling and feeding, the guinea pig remainsa popular pet choice. Organizations devoted to competitive breedingof guinea pigs have been formed worldwide, and a large number ofspecialized breeds of guinea pig, with varying coat colors andcompositions, are cultivated by breeders. "Guinea pig" is also used as a by-word in English for a subject ofexperimentation; this usage became common in the first half of thetwentieth century. Biological experimentation on guinea pigs hasbeen carried out since the seventeenth century; the animals werefrequently used in scientific contexts in the nineteenth andtwentieth centuries, but have since been largely replaced by otherrodents, such as mice and rats. They are still used in researchprimarily as models for human medical conditions such as juvenilediabetes, tuberculosis, scurvy, and pregnancy complications. GuineaPigs are still kept in the Andes where they were first discoveredas a food source.
a small pet similar to hamster
You can normally get a guinea pig from your local pet shop. Ifthere are none there you should look around and try find a breederor search on the internet for people selling th…em. You can alsocheck PetFinder.com, Craigslist.org, Kijiji.com, andGuineaPigHome.com for adoptable guinea pigs in your area.
well, i got my guinea pig a pet store. i dont remember what it was called. they didnt have cute guinea pigs but my is so cute. i love him. if i were you i would try walmart or… petco or any pet store. guinea pigs arent in pet shelthers. Answer 2 You can certainly find guinea pigs in pet shelters. They are also readily available in pet stores. If you are after particular varieties, they can be purchased from proper breeders. Breeders have the long-haired or curly-haired varieties, and the "coronet" guinea pigs.
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No. They originated in the area of Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru in South America. There are a large number of theories on why they came to be known as "Guinea Pigs", one being t…hat their Latin name gave rise to confusion about them being "pigs" and that "Guinea" may be a European corruption of Guiana.
You can buy a guinea pig from breeders, pet shops, newpapers, ads on internets and lots more places.
You can play with them using pet store toys or toys around the house such as toilet paper tubes. You can teach them tricks like coming when called or running up and down the s…tairs or enter them in guinea pig shows. Ask a breeder for more info on showing your pet.you can also take the piggy out of the cage and just let it run free in a box or something.you can also make a hammock. or just buy 1. hope this helps!
You can get them from any pet store really if you have a petco,petsmart,kennel shop near you those are very good stores.I got mine from kennel shop and i have no complants i l…ove my guinea pigs i have 2 and they are boys.
Well, you get it out by petting it for about 5 min. first, then start petting it near the stomach area, just beneath the arms. Slowly pick it up like that, then take it out of… it's cage and bring it close to your stomach if you want to hold it. Then put your hand underneath it's bottom so it feels safe. It will try to curve or jump out or squeeze out, but don't let it do that. Hold softly but firmly, too. Your piggy will feel safe and relaxed!
Guinea pigs are available at most pet stores.
Guinea is a country in West Africa. However this animal originated in South America. It is possible that the name of Guinea got mixed up with Guiana (which is in South America…). Or it is possible that, when the animal was introduced to England or North America someone used the name Guinea because the though it was appropriate for this new import from a faraway and strange place.
guinea pigs need timothy hay it is more than 75% of everything they eat if you dont get timothy hay it will die in a week. they need timothy hay!!! I have a guinea pig of my o…wn and her name is patches she loves timothy hay. Guinea pigs need carrots, potatoes, lettuce, apples (but without the skin they can choke), it is healthy for them. the other reason they need those things is because their teeth can grow. as they grow they curve and their teeth can grow so far and puncture her upper mouth. so every day give her baby carrots they trim her teeth and always have 2-3 little wood bricks you can get them at petsmart or petco. also when you get guinea pig food get one that has a lot of different kinds of food in it, it is alot healthier. and remember to give it fresh water every day