We added guinea pigs to our animal family here at Animal Lovers Web.com on Christmas day 2007 when Laura got the surprise present of two lovely female guinea pigs, she was delighted!
The first of our two new guinea pigs, Penny is a black and white smooth coated guinea pig of the type usually referred to as an English Cavy and the other, Snuggles, is a very different looking longer coated grey Abyssinian guinea pig. We got our guinea pigs from a fairly local guinea pig breeder at about 8 weeks old and although they are not siblings they had been living together so were already familiar with each other.
Appearance: Penny has a short smooth, sleek coat which is predominantly black but with some white across the face and back area. She has a lovely pink nose and bright black eyes.
Personality: She is still very timid like most guinea pigs in a new home and is always alert and on the look out for potential "danger". This makes her pretty hard to catch for a bit of handling but when we do she is actually still quite lively on our laps, having a good look around and even attempting to wander. This is in sharp contrast with her house mate Snuggles. Penny does seem to be the dominant of our two guinea pigs and we suspect that as we get to know her better and she becomes tamer she is going to be a very lively guinea pig.
Favourite Food: So far she has certainly tucked into the carrots and broccoli that we have given her but it's a bit too early to be sure.
Habits: Her main habit at the moment is to hide in her house at the first sign of us approaching and to poo on our laps when we are handling her.
Naughtiest Moments: Both of our new guinea pigs are very well behaved, as they are probably too timid to do anything naughty at the moment. Although, one thing Penny has been guilty of is when in an open play pen with no hiding place, she has been trying to burrow under poor Snuggles, which she has not been appreciating very much. You can see and example of this in the video below.