How to Tell Guinea Pig Personality

A young reader provides guideance on the finer points of guinea pig personality identification and what you can do with the little varmints once you know.

| May/June 1985

guinea pig personality

Do you know your guinea pig personality?


You probably never thought about it, but guinea pig personality is something you should know if you are going to have one. Here is how you can tell: place your pet guinea pig in a small space, but with enough room to run around. Now sneak around a corner where the guinea pig can't see you, but you can see it. If it immediately starts running around and chirping, then you have an unusually happy and inquisitive guinea pig. If your guinea pig just sits there looking around and trying to shrink into the ground, then you have a very scared guinea pig and need to convince it that all is well to see its true personality. If your guinea pig dives back into its cage, it is a guinea pig with definite preferred places. If it just sits there looking quite content, then you have a quite content guinea pig that will usually be happy wherever you set it down.

How to change a scared guinea pig into a friendly and inquisitive guinea pig: Give it greenery and put it in a dark space and softly croon to it while it is eating. Do not make any loud noises or move suddenly. Keep this up for days or even weeks, and your guinea pig should become less and less scared. Gradually move your guinea pig out into the open, out of the darkness into the light, and pet it while crooning.

Ten Things to Do With a Guinea Pig

[1] Statue. Get a stool, and set the guinea pig on top. The guinea pig will not jump off but will stay as still as a statue. Name your statue.
[2] Breathe Ocean Waves. Lie on your back. Put the guinea pig on your tummy. Make your tummy go up and down with big breaths, and your guinea pig will look like she's sailing on ocean waves.
[3] Hold Coronations. Make a little paper crown. Place it on the guinea pig's head. Have a coronation.
[4] Opera. Teach her to "sing" opera when it's on the radio. Squeeze slightly at the sides of her mouth, and she will lift her head and look as if she is singing opera.
[5] Compass. She can be a compass if you point her nose to the north. Then you can practice finding your other compass points on her.
[6] Lion Ruff. Fluff up the fur around the guinea pig's neck so she will look more like a lion. Sing fierce music.
[7] Hide and Seek. Set the guinea pig on the floor, away from her cage. Cover your eyes and count to ten. Then find her.
[8] Elephant Seal. Gently press the guinea pig's nose, and she will look like an elephant seal. That will get you laughing a long time.
[9] Teeth and Tongue. Set your guinea pig on a high chair so you are eyeball to eyeball. Look in her mouth. See her tongue and teeth. Compare her mouth to the giraffe's — the one you saw at the zoo.
[10] Lettuce La Mania. Take the outer leaves of head lettuce that your mother throws away, give them to your guinea pig, watch all the excitement, and call it Lettuce La Mania!

11/10/2013 10:45:12 PM

my pigie hates is thanks for that @#%&* informatiion

sonia vizcarra
3/4/2013 8:23:00 PM

Children aren't toys either, I am a mother of two and I don't just feed them and put them to bed. I play with them!! It is how you show love and care to living things!!! Obviously this article was meant for a creative, imaginative, and innocent reader. The article is fun to read and in my opinion did not suggest treating your Guinea pig like a toy, but taking him/her out if its dwelling and interacting with them because all living things need more than just nutrients and rest to thrive.

therech schuch
2/6/2013 1:49:56 AM

Used to have 23 guinea pigs. Couldn't wait for the next batch to be born to see what colors we would get! They were so much fun.

kayla petry
12/30/2012 4:06:56 PM

They are no way near being annoying you obviously don't have a guinea pig.

7/21/2012 1:00:06 PM

no there not boring i have on and he is so fun to play with victoria fisher dont call pets boring i bet u dont even have one and if u do it must hate u and not want to play with u becaose ur so annoying and u dont feed it that must be why u call it boring :P

victoria fisher
5/31/2012 6:15:25 AM

People are so psychotic about guinea pigs. This was a fun and light-hearted article that in no way condones abuse. It just condones fun... since they are pretty boring pets anyway.

5/11/2012 10:27:47 AM

YEAH don't be mean to guinea pigs! I'm 11 and I treat both mine like royalty. If you close your eyes for 10 seconds you might not be able to find them and they might go somewhere dangerous! Think of what you re going to write before you publish it for the world to see.

matthew groff
9/26/2011 7:51:56 AM

People, Why bash Mother for printing this article? If you would have taken the time and fully read every word on the page, You would see that it was a: "submission from a young reader." It does not say how young the reader was in 1985, But I am sure that by now he or she would know that doing most of what they wrote could end up harming the guinea pig. Remember a child does not see everything the way an adult does. So lighten up people. Thank you to: "Guinea Pig Rescue Worker" for also pointing out that the article was published in 1985 and for letting everyone know that there is a place that people can go to get information about taking care of Guinea Pigs.

deb kuehne
9/25/2011 10:31:24 PM

Why in the world would you publish such an assinine article??? These are dangerous and ignorant suggestions, No animal is a toy. I am appalled such a trusted entity would even consider this article worthy of publishing!!

guinea pig rescue worker
9/25/2011 9:42:58 AM

I would like to point out that this list was published in 1985. It's exactly the type of outdated perception of guinea pigs that perpetuates abuse to this day. For information about the proper care and treatment of guinea pigs and contemporary lifestyle of today's guinea pig owner, visit Guinea Pig Today

guinea pig rescue worker
9/25/2011 9:39:08 AM

Some people might think the things on this list are "cute" but I find some of them to be mean and dangerous. Your guinea pig can fall off a high stool or chair because they don't have good depth perception to know how high they are. Why poke and squeeze at your guinea pig when you can hug and love them? Don't push their fur in the wrong direction. That can hurt them. Pet them properly. :(

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