Rabbits vs. guinea pigs: What's best for children?

Rabbits vs. guinea pigs: What's best for children?

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I hope you had a great weekend.  Let's start the week with a guest post by blogger Melanie.  She has a post for us that should help you if you're trying to decide whether to get a rabbit or a guinea pig.  Each of these small pets has different characteristics and behaviors, and taking care of them can fit your personal situation better than others.  Melanie's summary of the pros and cons should help make your decision a little easier.  If you have a preference between a rabbit and a guinea pig or have a question or comment, please let us know in the comments section below. Thank you!

The first pet is a very important right of way for your child. Not only does he make a very nice contribution to his family, but he also teaches his children responsibility, love and respect for the animal kingdom. However, owning a pet is not always easy. They are cared for, fed, trained and vaccinated.

 

If you are thinking about getting a pet for your child, it is always a good idea to start with something small and manageable. Two great examples are guinea pigs or rabbits. These two animals are relatively small to maintain, and your children should be able to take on most of the responsibilities associated with maintaining them.

 

Below are the pros and cons of each animal to help you make your decision.

RABBITS

PROS

They are small in size and can fit in the hands of your children.
They are friendly and do not scare children.
They eat dry foods, grass and vegetables that are easy to find.
They need few or no immunizations.
They are independent and do their own thing.
They can exercise in a cage or indoors.
They show love for their owners.
They can be trained in the sandbox.
They can be left to roam.
They live from 8 to 12 years, a little longer than guinea pigs.
 

CONS 

They are stubborn animals and take time to train.
They can be smelly. The young need to be cleaned often.
They chew everything they come in contact with, so roaming in houses can be a problem.
They are susceptible to the environment and may need to stay indoors in extreme weather conditions.
Finding veterinary care for rabbits can be difficult as they are rare.
They poop a lot and everywhere.
They will urinate on you if the opportunity arises.
They are very fast and can be difficult to catch when you put them back in their cage.
They are fast breeders, so be careful if you have more than one.

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Guinie Pigs

PROS

They are small in size and can fit in the hands of your children.
They do not bite and are even softer than rabbits.
They do not smell.
They do not reproduce as fast as rabbits.
They are independent and do their own thing.
They can exercise in a cage or inside.
They make delicious squeaking noises.
They are very easy to take care of.
They live from 5 to 8 years, more than small rodents.
They like to be kept for hours and are easy to catch.
They have a great temperament.
 

CONS

They may be shy at first and run away from you.
They need big cages.
Cages need to be cleaned often.
They can be noisy, so it is better to keep them out.
They are not as easy to feed as rabbits. They need a variety of vegetables,hay and high quality pellets,which can be ordered in line.
They poop and pee without warning.