Guinea pig and hamster – active, interesting and curious furry animals that can bring joy and fun to little kids.With good care from the owner, the animal can live on average 5 years.
The period of activity in Guinea pigs occurs during the daytime, falling night. Unlike hamsters, at night they will sleep, without disturbing the master of your life.
The nature and training
Guinea pigs are friendliness, sociability, calm disposition. They can safely live with cats and dogs, spending time in the company without quarrels and discontent. Like to be pampered in the hands of the host to which you feel great affection, and substituting the fur coat to scratching. Noticing the presence of the owner, these animals begin loudly primitivity expressing their good feelings and joy.
Pigs completely deprived aggression: they will never attack or even defend themselves, preferring to quietly retreat. If desired, animals can be trained to perform a variety of tricks, as they train easily and successfully than attract the attention of children. Trained pig can go everywhere with the owner, stand on their hind legs or muzzle to roll a small ball. Answering the question of who is smarter of rodents, the advantage remains for the pig.
Daily care of the animal under the power of 6-year-old child, but if you have a pet for a toddler to take care of the needs being an adult. Also will have to observe a toddler to unknowingly he didn't hurt the pet, otherwise the injured pig is able to lose the credibility of the owner.
Guinea pigs need a spacious cage in which she will be able to lead an active way of life, freely moving inside the apartment. The condition is required because inactivity will lead to obesity and will not allow the legs of the animal to become strong.
Cells are located in a quiet place, protected from drafts and cold, so the pig is not cold. Close should not be wire, because the nature of the rodent will manifest itself in the ability to chew through solid objects. It is important to provide the cell with a special house where the pig can sleep or hide.
The necessary accessories in the cage
As bedding it is better to use ordinary sawdust, because the pig loves to dig, and the material should be harmless. Periodically, you need to clean the cage, because the sawdust will be unpleasant to smell. It is necessary that the cell were the drinker with clean water and the feeder is filled with feed, fresh grass or hay. Below pig could grind off the teeth and claws, offer her a mineral stone or a solid piece of tree bark.
Required attribute cells should be a running wheel, replaced the mirror and the ladder. Daily Guinea pig must be released for walking around the house, do not forget to monitor the animal because it can get into tight spaces and get stuck.
Guinea pigs are not capricious in food. With pleasure eat a variety of grains, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Of grass they prefer lettuce leaves, parsley and dill, fresh leaves of dandelion and spinach. Of fruit and vegetable fruits you can feed them cucumbers, sweet peppers and carrots, apples, peaches and strawberries. Unlike hamsters, Guinea pigs cannot be fed meat, potatoes and cheese.
A distinctive feature of mumps is eating their own feces, which contains beneficial for its vitamin. If the animal begins to eat on time uncleaned excrement, a very young child can repeat the animal, intending to independently evaluate the "delicacy" of pig.
Pros of Guinea pigs
About the advantages of Guinea pigs:
- easy to care for them;
- it is possible to be engaged in training;
- the complete absence of aggression;
- I love to be in the hands;
- get along with other Pets.
Another powerful argument to get pigs is an opportunity to buy a bald animal breed "Skinny" if child has an Allergy to wool. Choosing as a pet a Guinea pig, you need to remember about regular cleaning of the cage, to avoid unpleasant smell in the house.
What you need to know about hamsters
Unlike Guinea pigs, hamsters and creatures with finicky character. In one cell needs to live only one animal, or the instincts of rodents, which tend to protect their territory, will lead to fights. It is undesirable to release the hamsters to walk around the house as a rodent can fit through even the smallest hole from which it will be difficult to get.
Normal or Syrian breed of hamsters differ by the proportion of aggressiveness and pugnacity, which can appear suddenly for the owner. If you touch a sleeping rodent, he can be frightened and urgently waking up, it hurts to bite the owner. Following the basic rules of care and communication with the animal, unpleasant moments can easily be avoided by getting off the hamster only positive emotions.
The time activity in animals at night, all day they are quiet rest and sleep. Closer to the evening, the hamsters begin to rustle to rustle and in every possible way to recall its existence. Sometimes they interfere with night sleep owners. For this reason, the cell is better to move away from the sleeping area so the animal could be heard.
Communication with the hamster to be specific: he doesn't like long chat on his hands, preferring unobtrusive attention in the form of short strokes for the fur. If the child is not inclined to constant communication with the animal, it is better to have a hamster than a Guinea pig.
The cage of the animal should be placed in a quiet place, avoiding proximity to heating appliances, open sun and drafts. The cell can be of medium size with a special house. Like Guinea pigs, hamsters need shelter and a secluded place to sleep. By the way, the house need to be cleaned regularly because the hamster tends to make food stocks.
The necessary accessories in the cage
On-site cell is necessary to install the Jogging wheel for the creature had the opportunity to lead an active life. The water in the troughs need to be changed regularly, feeders to fill grain feed, periodically feeding pet fruit and vegetable desserts, sometimes meat. As bedding use a special filler or sawdust, but wood will protect the house from the smell.
Hamsters tend to determine in a cage the bathroom, so after cleaning it needs to provide a few paper napkins so he could build a vanity area. If you decided to have a hamster, to clean the sanitary zone will be required every 3 days to carry out General cleaning 1 time per week.
Since the day the rodent is sleeping, feed him to in the evening. Food you can apply 1 time during the day, strictly observing that in the trough was always grains. Daily animal need to buy salad leaves, carrots or slices of bananas. The diet of hamsters needs attention as there are products that will not bring benefits to the health of the rodent. When in doubt, it is better to verify the permissibility of the food, to avoid unpleasant consequences.
It is important that the cage was fresh twigs of fruit trees like Apple, pear or Rowan to hamster could grind off the teeth and claws. Before offering rodent cut branches should be thoroughly washed and dried. Caring for the hamster, regularly need to inspect his possessions on the subject of stocks. Hidden food often spoils, subjecting the animal to food poisoning.
About the benefits of the hamsters:
- not require much attention;
- does not occupy much space;
- easy to care;
- low cost.
The hamster will be a good company for a quiet student who will not impose on the animal his fellowship, content with watching life funny rodent. Despite the isolation of the hamster, it is always possible to try to make a manual, learn to sit on the master's shoulder.
Determined by the choice
Land animals are almost identical in the basic rules of care and nutrition. The difference is revealed only in the character and abilities. Guinea pig is a pretty smart rodent, easily taming. With the hamster in this regard will have more difficult. One more important point than the hamster differs from the Guinea pigs is that the pig lives longer. With good care it can live up to 6 years, whereas hamsters start getting old at the age of 1 year, and at the turn of 2-3 years animal dies.
All children tend to want to get a pet with which to play or watch the antics of the animal, having fun in his company. If the kid like to squeeze animals, the Guinea pig will be very happy affectionate owner. Hamsters prefer the tranquillity and freedom, so children of school age will be for them the ideal option of the owner.