The perfect pet? We dont know, but they have given us joy and some heartache for almost two decades now. It is not easy to lose a Cavy, but they will be in your memories forever. They are a joy to be with.
The Cavy is not the right pet for everyone. They have different needs than a dog or cat. We could type all day on what those needs are, but the links you will find here will give you just about everything you need to know about them.
One of the first things you will need is a vet that knows guinea pigs. Not all vets are qualified to treat pigs. Do a search in your area for a pig vet. The vet will most likely be an exotics vet, but not always. There are many pig vets that are not exotic vets, but have worked with pigs for many years. When you find one ask them some questions about pigs. Compare the answers he/she gives with the info you find at the sites listed here. Vets are not some special person that has all the answers for every medical situation that is put in front of them. They are people just like you and me. You will know when you have found a good one. It may be the first one you find or the tenth. Get to know the vet before you need them in a crisis. It may make the difference between life and death for your pig.
Read, read and read some more about pigs before you get one or two or three or more. Once you start it's hard to stop.They are quite addicting. We have seen people with one and have seen people with forty. You will figure out shortly how many you can keep. It all depends on how much time, love and money you can devote to them.
This site will give you many links to help you enjoy your pigs. You will find sites with basic care for the new pig owner to sites with heavy duty medical knowledge for the veterinarian and everything in between.
We hope you and your pigs will have a long and happy life together. After all these years of owning pigs, they can still put a smile on my face everytime they greet me at the door. Cavies Are Us