Guinea pigs are usually very expressive, vocal animals that will whistle or grunt when they’re excited, and squeak with delight when they see their favorite people enter the room.

They are generally gentle and not prone to biting, but they will nip at threatening animals or people that are mishandling them. To help a cavy gets used to you – and to being handled – you should build a rapport slowly by hand feeding her small treats in the cage.

To properly handle a guinea pig, pick her up with one hand supporting her bottom and the other over her back.


 If you would like information from an Anti-Cruelty Society Behavior Specialist regarding this behavior topic, please call 312-645-8253 or email behavior@anticruelty.org.

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