This site last updated September 14th 2012

Welcome to Rodents With Attitude, a guinea pig (cavy) care information source full of hints, tips and information that is easy to digest and aimed at the average pet owner. From feeding to bathing, bedding to behaviour, you're bound to learn something new.

This comprehensive guide is built on years of practical observation and research and is written by me, trainee Rodent Health Advisor and regular Guinea Pig Magazine "Ask the Experts" contributer and Copy Editor, Kate Butcher.

New owners and seasoned victims of guinea pig slavery can find help, advice and like minded guinea pig fans on our friendly and active forum.

Come and join the herds of guinea pig fans worldwide and discover the joys of keeping these wonderful animals!


A Potted Description of Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs, the Latin "Cavia porcellus", or better known as Cavies, are rodents originating from South America, and they are now a popular family pet in many countries across the world. Here in the United Kingdom guinea pigs are considered "exotic pets" by most veterinary professionals and enthusiasts.

Guinea pigs are born in litters of around one to five babies, and the babies are called "pups". They take ten months to mature, and when fully grown they average at around ten to twelve inches in length. Most guinea pigs live for three to six years, sometimes more. Male guinea pigs are called "boars", and female guinea pigs are called "sows".

Guinea pigs are herbivores and live on a diet of vegetables, hay and grass, some fruits, and special dried guinea pig feed. When given a routine, they also know when dinner time is and will whistle with excitement at the prospect of food! They make wonderful pets for adults and children alike, and if they are handled frequently and given a lot of love and attention, they often become extremely friendly and their company is very rewarding. When happy in their surroundings guinea pigs blossom into contented creatures with individual and endearing personalities. They love to talk and communicate and can be very chatty and inquisitive.

News From The Hutch

September 14th 2012

As many of you know, my day job is as a Sales Advisor for a branch of Pets Corner. This week I received some amazing news that I have been promoted to Pets Corner company Blogger, managing both the Pets Corner Facebook Page and the Blog! If you haven't heard of Pets Corner, we're a British pet shop with a personal touch, proper staff training in a variety of pet related topics (including the correct sexing of small furries!), and a huge variety of popular products. Have a look at our website and Facebook page! (note: Rodents With Attitude is not associated with Pets Corner, I just happen to work there and I enjoy my job very much).

July 16th 2012

The latest issue of Guinea Pig Magazine is now available to buy!

Also, my new Taming guide is now complete and ready for you to read.

May 18th 2012

Please welcome Yodelpig and Dawnc to the forum Moderator team! Yodelpig is best known as Wiebke and is a regular face on the guinea pig scene, bringing another reliable source of knowledge to the forum. Dawnc has been with us for some years, becoming a Meeter Greeter and making our new members feel at home before being promoted to Moderator. She is our second American member of staff, joining Liska as the "night time" crew.

March 12th 2012

I think there's been a rumour going around that Wagg are discontinuing their Guinea Pig Crunch dry muesli mix. I was quite upset about this because I use Wagg Guinea Pig Crunch in guinea pigs prone to bladder and kidney stones because this particular feed has a very low level of calcium in it. Happily, I wrote to Wagg and they told me they're not discontinuing the Guinea Pig Crunch - phew! I also enquired about the rebranding of some products to Harringtons. Here is what they said:

Dear Kate

Thank you for your email. Guinea Pig Crunch will stay exactly as it is and still be marketed by Wagg to the same outlets, therefore you and your guinea pigs should be unaffected. There is no danger that the Wagg brand will disappear.

Wagg has a sister company, Harringtons, and as this company grows we have decided to increase the range and to market our Optimum range of small animal food under this brand. This means that in addition to the current range of dog food and treats, Harringtons will be selling the nugget versions of our rabbit and guinea pig food and a new cat food. Again there will be no change in recipe for the small animal food, or in the outlets we supply to, so people using this range should also see no change except in the packaging and name.

I hope that this makes the situation clearer, however if you do have any further questions, please let me know.

Kind regards

Helen Fothergill
Customer Services Manager
Wagg Foods

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