What Should You Opt For?

What Should You Opt For?

Written By: Binita Published In: Other-Blog Created Date: 2017-05-25 Hits: 695 Comment: 0

Tired of hearing your child whine about wanting a pet? All parents seem to have this problem at one time or another. Many children want a pet, and it's a perfect way to teach children responsibility. If you've decided to give your children the opportunity to have a pet of their own, you just have to figure out which pet is the right pet! There are a few smaller, easier to care for animals that make great first pets. These are typically a bit more affordable than bigger animals such as dogs or cats. However, with any pet, the owner's personality affects the decision.

Guinea pigs are good first pets for smaller children, as they don't scratch and can be gently handled. They're social creatures, so a pair is preferred. Guinea pigs are very timid, so they need lots of places to hide in their cage. An aquarium-style tank works well for guinea pigs as well, as long as they have a grazing area and places to burrow. Guinea pigs need a daily diet that his high in fiber and vitamin C. In other hand compact and quiet, furry and fun, hamsters are an engaging and easy-to-care-for pet. If you are looking for a fuzzy friend who is a good company, doesn't need much space and won't bark at the mailman, a hamster may be a match for you.

If you opt for a guinea pig, get ready for a much longer commitment as compared to a hamster. Guinea pigs normally live between 5 to 7 years--even as much as 10 in some cases. (Of course, if you grow very attached to your little pig, this lifespan sadly doesn’t nearly seem long enough.) Hamsters, on the other hand, have a much shorter life expectancy--2 to 3 years for Syrian hamsters and only 1 to 2 years for Dwarf varieties. Look at a hamster and guinea pig and you'll notice one difference right off the bat. Guinea pigs, in all of their chubbiness, have a hefty size advantage over hamsters, especially the dwarf varieties. Guinea pigs typically are between 8 and 12 inches long, making them quite a bit larger than Syrian hamsters, which usually average 5 to 6 inches in length at maturity. 

Enjoy sleeping at night? Well, hamsters do not. The nocturnal critters are awake when the sky is dark, rummaging about, playing with their toys and having lots of fun. In contrast, guinea pigs are just like you, providing you don’t work a graveyard shift, and are awake during the daylight hours. However, guinea pigs have a tendency to be noisy creatures who sound off with lots of chirps, screams and assorted noises, some very loud. Hamsters also can be vocal, but typically not as often nor with as much volume as pigs.

Guinea pigs and hamsters both need regular human interaction. Spending 15 to 30 minutes with the critter each day outside of his cage, but in a secure area, will make him happy and keep him healthy. Pigs tend to be more jolly and sociable, making handling easier, but Syrian hamsters typically warm up to a human touch quickly. Dwarf hamsters can make handling difficult, due to their small size, and because they sometimes take longer to feel safe and secure in your hands.
We hope this has helped you come a little bit closer to making an informed decision about which cute critter to invite into your home.

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