One of the best ways to teach a child to care for someone, or to teach him to take responsibility – to take home an animal.The table demonstrates the difference between animals.
|The comparison criterion||Decorative rabbit||Guinea pigs|
|Life expectancy||Typically 8-12 years||
Lives 5 to 8 years
|Food||The plant food|
|Diet||Pellets sold in pet stores and vegetable shops||Require several kinds of food, there are diet restrictions|
|Behavior||Aggression is absent, unable to scare kids||Different calm personality, in the first days shy|
|Co owner||Able to demonstrate a positive attitude||Gentle to the owners know the name, able to sit for hours on the hands|
|The need for attention||Not require constant attention||Social animals in isolation require attention|
|Veterinary control||Frequent vaccination is not required, however, not all clinics work with rabbits, susceptible to cold||Not required to be vaccinated, susceptible to disease|
|The uncontrolled movement around the house||Necessary to maintain physical activity, harm to furniture and decor can be poisoned ornamental plants||Requires regular walking outside of the cage, you can limit the enclosures|
|"Lovemost"||Baby you can't always catch the rabbit to play||Don't have a high dexterity or "cruising" speed|
|Toilet||Accustom to the toilet, but hands can not control urination||Hard accustomed or not accustomed to the toilet|
|The smell||Can give a bad odor||Do not have their own odor|
|Training||Lend themselves but poorly||Know the name, do a simple command|
|Noise||In most cases, are quiet||She is loud, sounds nice ear|
|Dimensions||Larger Guinea pigs||You can easily put it in the hands of a preschooler|
|Housing||Requires regular and thorough cleaning|
|Reproduction||In the presence of heterosexual couples fast and regular|
Who will be the best pet a child?
Deciding who is better to have a home, you should pay attention to the character of a son or daughter. Guinea pig more easy to care for, so if a pupil or preschooler is willing to spend on the animal a couple of hours a day, and the rest go about their business, then the clear choice – "overseas" pig.
When a child needed a friend he is willing to give all his attention, and the parents support him and help to care for that also unites the family, then buying a Bunny can be a great way. An added bonus is the exotic pet will be of interest to friends of the owner and allow him to build new social relations.
Sometimes pondering whom to choose future owners rely on such parameter as "mind." But you must understand that every animal is different and may demonstrate unexpected skills, therefore, the criterion of "smarter" is not always justified.
Opinion about the possibility of living together rabbits and pigs ambivalent. In some literature you can find information about the safe cohabitation of the two species, however, experienced breeders recommend dividing animal cells: rabbits can harm their innocent neighbors.
Of comparison chinchillas and Guinea pigs, read our article "Who is better chinchilla or Guinea pig?"