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12 fun facts about gorgeous guinea pigs!

Posted 8 May, 2018

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1. They don’t come from Guinea. In fact, guinea pigs originate from the Andes region of South America. The ‘guinea’ in their name is a bit of a mystery. One theory is that they were first brought to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 1500s via Guinea in Africa, so people thought they came from there, or that it could be a corruption of ‘Guiana’, an area in South America.

2. They are not related to pigs at all. Even though male guinea pigs are called boars and females are called sows, they are rodents. Their scientific name is ‘Cavia porcellus’, which is why they are sometimes referred to as ‘cavies’. The word ‘porcellus’ is latin for ‘little pig’. This name may have come about because of the pig-like squeaking noises they make.

3. They don’t get on with rabbits. It’s a popular myth that you can happily keep guinea pigs and rabbits together. Not only will rabbits bully guinea pigs, they have very different needs. Rabbits can also carry diseases which can be very harmful to guinea pigs.

4. They like to chat to each other. While they enjoy human affection, guinea pigs need to be with others of their own kind and should always be kept in pairs or small groups. They communicate using several noises, including the well-known ‘wheek-wheek’ call – a sign of excitement or to find a friend – and a low ‘purring’ sound, which they make when they are feeling content and chilled out. They also emit a series of short ‘putt-putt’ noises when they are exploring.

5. They scent mark their stuff. Guinea pigs scent mark by rubbing their chin or cheeks across things, which helps keep their home smelling familiar and reassuring. This is why it’s important to make sure that you transfer some of the old bedding back into their accommodation when cleaning. They also drag their bottoms across the ground to leave scent secretions as messages, which are only understood by other guinea pigs.

6. They only sleep for short periods. Although crepuscular creatures, who are most active during dusk and dawn, guinea pigs are awake for up to 20 hours of the day. This means they need constant access to food, water, companion guinea pigs, safe hiding places and toys to keep them occupied, as well as an exercise area with tubes to tunnel along, shelters to hide in and deep areas of hay to forage in and nibble on.

7. They can break dance. Well, not quite, but when they are excited, guinea pigs can jump straight up and down, often turning 90° in mid-air, performing a slick little move known as ‘pop corning’.

8. They have an odd number of toes. Guinea pigs have four toes on their front feet, but only three on their back ones. While this may be good for tunnelling and burrowing, it means they are not very agile and are very poor climbers who will only manage to scale low-pitched ramps. They are, however, very inquisitive, so make sure there are no hazards within their environment that will cause curious cavies to injure themselves.

9. They are fast learners. Baby guinea pigs, known as pups, are born with fur and their eyes open and are able to run when only a few hours old – something that comes in very handy for a prey species. At three weeks, babies are weaned, and they are fully mature in three months, although they will keep growing in size until they are around a year old.

10. They need vitamin supplements. Just like humans, guinea pigs are not able to make or store Vitamin C. Feeding good quality, grass-based guinea pig nuggets, which are high in fibre and Vitamin C and rich in nutrients, is the best way to ensure they’re getting everything they need, along with a small handful of leafy greens, such as dandelion, spinach, kale and broccoli. Avoid ‘muesli’-style food as these have been shown to cause digestive problems and dental disease.

11. They need to eat lots and lots of hay. Good quality feeding hay should be the main part of a guinea pig’s diet. As mini grazers, not only does this help their digestive system to work properly, gnawing on hay keeps their constantly-growing teeth the right length. Gnaw sticks can be an additional tasty treat to help keep guinea pig gnashers in good shape.

12. They can lead quite long lives. With the right nutrition, suitable accommodation, company, care and kindness, guinea pigs can live for up to seven years. However, the oldest recorded guinea pig, called Snowball, lived to the ripe old age of 14 years, 10 months, earning a place in the Guinness Book of Records!

Traditionally thought of as an ideal pet for children, small animals such as guinea pigs are often more complex to feed and care for than a cat or dog and require more looking after than a child can offer. And so, responsibility for any animal’s wellbeing lies with adults.

Sources: rspca.org.uk, pets4homes.co.uk, guineapigsclub.com, britannica.com, livescience.com

Ron Hines DVM PhD

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I love guinea pigs. Of all the pets that I have treat, guinea pigs are the gentlest. They do not have a mean bone in their body and it is hard to believe that they were once capable of existing in the wild.

The Spaniards introduced guinea pigs to Europe in 1554. They obtained them from the Inca Indians of Peru who kept them for food from as early as 5000 BC.

These rodent-like animals no longer exist in the wild. They are also called cavies. Guinea pigs are very shy by nature. They are active in the daytime and occasionally at night. Guinea pigs are very vocal and this vocalization plays an important part in socialization with other pigs and humans.

Guinea pigs love company. Researchers have counted at least eleven different sounds that guinea pigs make in communicating with each other and their owners. Their social nature, temperament and low maintenance make them excellent pets.

Guinea pigs are the gentlest of the pocket pets, which include mice, hamsters, rats and gerbils and so are ideal pets for responsible children. I would not purchase any living pet for a child younger than 9.

Guinea pigs love to be petted and will squeak and grunt with pleasure when they are gently handled. They will pine away and their health will suffer if they are not handled or kept with others of their kind or if they are ignored by their human owners. They are very clean. I got my first guinea pig when I was nine. We named her Mrs. Crawford, after one of my parent’s bridge partners who also had droopy jowls.

Like swine, boy guinea pigs are called boars and females sows. Adult female guinea pigs weigh about a pound (450gms) while males weight in at about a pound and a half (700gm).

They used to come in four basic varieties, long and short hair, straight and swirled and an endless variety of colors. But now frizzy texels, extra soft silkys and teddys are also available.

With good care and proper diet, guinea pigs should live 5-7 years. A few will reach 8 years of age.

What Guinea Pig Would Be Right For Me?

If you decide to purchase two pigs, make them both immature females. Males are more active than females and grow up larger. They also have more odor. If you purchase a male and a female you will have to have the male neutered or be resigned to endless litters of baby pigs and a shortened female life span. Females can become pregnant as early as two months of age, so it is quite common for them to be already pregnant when you purchase them at a pet shop. If no males are present, there is no need to spay a female. Spaying a female guinea pig is considerably more expensive than neutering a male. Find a veterinarian with extensive knowledge of “pocket pets” to do this. The anethesia technique is quite different from that used with dogs and cats.

Not all pet shop employees can tell an immature female guinea pig from an immature male guinea pig. My client’s first suspicions are often when babies arrive. So have an experienced employee sex the pigs for you. Better still, find a local breeder and obtain your pig there.

What Type Of House Will My Pet Need?
Like all animals that are regularly eaten in the wild, guinea pigs are very uncomfortable with people and other pets hovering over them. Provide them with containers or objects that they can get into and out of sight.

Guinea pigs left free to roam the house eventually get into trouble. So keep them in a cage or pen. Powder-coated cages for guinea pigs are available at most pet stores. Most are designed for one, not two, guinea pigs and many are too small. I like to have 4 – 6 square feet of floor space for one or two pigs – considerably more than the sad 10″ x 10″ x 7″ that American federal law requires. (ref)

Put a small wooden or cardboard box in the cage for the guinea pig to hide in. It is important that the cage not have a raised floor grid. With time, these grids cause the guinea pig’s feet to become sore and inflamed.

My guinea pigs never jumped, (although readers of this article report theirs do). In any case, no cage lid is required if the walls are at least 18 inches high. I do not like to keep guinea pigs in glass aquaria – they become too humid.

Keep the cage in an area where temperatures range between 65 – 75 F (18-25C). Guinea pigs handle cold quite well but they are very susceptible to heat stroke. Allow them plenty of supervised exercise time outside of their cage. Be careful, particularly if children are involved, the most common accidents that occur are being stepped on and falling off tables.

Be careful of toxic plants, electric wires, etc. – guinea pigs love to nibble and sample most everything once. Do not trust your cats and dogs until your are certain they will not hurt the pig. Pick up guinea pigs with both hands; one round their shoulders and the other supporting their hindquarters. Be very gentle with pregnant females and youngsters.

What Kind OF Bedding Should I Use In My Guinea Pig’s Pen?

My favorite bedding is large flaked pine wood shavings. Several guinea pig breeders take exception to this and reported cases of liver damage associated with pine bedding. If you use pine flakes, try to select one with low aroma. These are from low-resin pine species that do not contain large amounts of aromatic organic compounds. They can be purchased in large bales at feed stores. Since all bedding is a cast-off of some other industry, examine it closely for things that shouldn’t be there.

I try not to purchase bedding that is dusty or moldy. Hard wood chips are also fine for guinea pigs but they are messier. Shredded newspaper with soy inks also make excellent bedding. I do not use cedar shaving because of their strong aroma but I do not actually recall a case where cedar’s aroma was linked to a health problem. Bedding should never be allowed to get damp. Change the bedding once or twice a week.

What Should I Feed My Guinea Pig?

Like humans, but unlike dogs and cats, guinea pigs need a daily source of vitamin C or ascorbic acid. A lack of vitamin C causes a disease called scurvy. Scurvy in guinea pigs causes eye infections, hair loss and pneumonia. All guinea pig pellets are fortified with vitamin C. But after a few months of storage much of this vitamin is lost.

That is why I suggest that vitamin C be added to their diet. Guinea pigs need about 25-35 mg of vitamin C a day. You can break up 250 – 500 mg ascorbic acid tablets and sprinkle a portion on their food daily.

Guinea pigs can be maintained on commercial guinea pig pellets alone. But I like to also feed mine timothy hay, kale, spinach, collard and turnip greens. Iceberg lettuce is valueless but romaine lettuce – especially the outer leaves is a good source of nutrients. You can pick and wash dandelion from your yard as well.

Alfalfa hay and cubes can be feed sparingly if other hay is also fed. Many sources of alfalfa are too rich to be a major component of guinea pig diets. Fruits, starchy vegetables and sweet items are best not fed because they can destroy the normal intestinal flora or bacteria on which these pets rely.

Guinea Pig Chow should make up one half to two thirds of your pig’s diet. Purchase only name brand guinea pig pellets and be sure the sacs are fresh. An excellent brand is Mazuri (find the “Small Pack” Guinea Pig Diet 5E11 unless you have quite a few guinea pigs) . Large retail outlets tend to turn over their stocks of feed more rapidly than smaller stores so purchase your pellets at big outlets. If you purchase more than can be used in two months keep it in the refrigerator or freezer. To find a good hay source in your area – link up with some experienced guinea pig breeders. If rabbit and chinchilla breeders are happy with a hay source, you will be too. But remember that every field and every cut produces a different hay.

Food And Water Containers:

I use heavy lead-free ceramic food dishes that the pigs can not knock over. Water can be provided in bowls but quickly get soiled with loose bedding and food.

Water bottles with stainless steel ball bearing sipper tubes are much better. Guinea pigs drink a lot of water and love to run the water out of the bottles. That is why the sipper tube must have a metal ball in its spout.

Gnaw Items:

Some people say that guinea pigs are rodents and some say they are not. Like rodents, guinea pig’s teeth are constantly growing. They need safe wooden or bone objects in their cage on which to wear their teeth down or the teeth will overgrow, making them ill.

Breeding Your Guinea Pigs:

Guinea pigs are rather easy to sex. If you pinch or squeeze the genital area the penis will extrude in young males. Adult males are quite obviously male. When I kept cavies, I was taught that female guinea pigs are fertile at as young as two months of age (55-70 days) ! And that males mature slightly later. My favorite pocket pet husbandry book The UFAW Handbook also gives the same ages for puberty (fertility). You can read more about guinea pig pregnancy problems here.

However, a reader recently informed me that guinea pig females can become pregnant as early as three weeks of age and that males can be fertile as early as four weeks of age. I never separated males from females at so young an age and I have never observed pregnancies occurring so young but apparently this might happen. So play it safe and separate the males babies from the female babies as soon as you can determine their sex.

Female guinea pigs have estrus or fertile periods just after giving birth and periodically throughout the year. The length of their estrus cycle is sixteen and one-half days. They are fertile for 6-11 hours, usually beginning in the evening. They come into heat again shortly after birthing. Although female pigs are fertile at two months of age or earlier, they should not be breed until they are 4-5 month old and weigh a little over a pound. The male used should be about double her age to insure potency.

A bigger problem is breeding female guinea pigs for the first time when they are too old. At 7-12 month of age the female’s pelvic bones fuse, making natural delivery next to impossible. So guinea pigs of this age that are having a first litter often need it delivered by cesarean section (dystocia). Baby pigs arrive after a pregnancy of 60-70 days. They are precocious, that is, they arrive fully developed. Babies suckle their mothers for about three weeks (180gms) and then are able to eat the same foods as their parents. Litter size ranges between one and eight. Be sure to handle the babies often at this age so that they become tame.

What Common Disease And Health Problems Do Guinea Pigs Have?

The most common illnesses I see in guinea pigs are pneumonia and hair loss associated with malnutrition (lack of vitamin C and other nutrients).

The second most common problem is the debility of old age.

The third is intestinal problems and diarrhea due to feeding a diet too rich in sugar, fruit, starches and carbohydrates.

The most common disease I find is newly purchased pigs at breeders and pet stores is Pasteurellosis. Pasteurellosis is caused by a bacterium, Pasteurella multocida that is present in some breeding colonies. It causes respiratory and eye infections as well as abscesses

The next most common disease is streptococcal infections. . Although pasteurella and streptococcus can be cured with antibiotics these antibiotics can be fatal to the guinea pig. Guinea pigs are notorious about handing antibiotics poorly. The problem is that these antibiotics also kill the “good” bacteria that reside in the pig’s cecum and that are essential to proper digestion. If these bacteria are killed, the pig soon succumbs to toxic products that accumulate in the intestine.

Keep guinea pigs toenails clipped short every month with human toenail clippers. If you should accidentally cut one too short, push the nail firmly into a moistened bar of Ivory soap to stop the bleeding. Longhaired varieties may need occasional brushing. Use a slicker comb designed for Persian cats.

How Can I Choose A Healthy Guinea Pig?

When you purchase your guinea pig, be sure it appears healthy. Its eyes should be bright and clean, never crusty or lacking luster.

Check it’s nose, eyes, ears, and rear end to be sure it is free from any crusts, discharges, redness or inflammation. . The guinea pig should be alert and active, and plump. Its coat should be full and lustrous. Check its skin for flakes, and redness, and check carefully for parasites such as lice.

When you pick up the guinea pig it may be quite skittish and fearful. It should quickly relax in your hands as you stroke it. Don’t purchase a guinea pig that is too calm or too skittish.

Date: November 12, 2017

By: Christal Pollock, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Second Author:Nichole Arbona

Reviewed by: Brendan Carmel, BVSc, MVS MANZCVS (Unusual Pets) GDipComp and Mark Suckow, DVM, DACLAM

Keywords: boar, cyst, dystocia, gestation, lactation, ovulation, parturition, penis, precocial, preeclampsia, puberty, sow

Categories: Guinea pig, Mammals, Rodent,

Key Points

  • Intact female guinea pigs are “sows” and intact males are “boars”.
  • Mature boars have distinct scrotal pouches and large testes.
  • Male guinea pigs have several accessory sex glands, including large, paired seminal vesicles or vesicular glands, which can be mistaken for uterine horns.
  • Puberty occurs at approximately 2 months in females and between 2-3 months in males.
  • The pubic symphysis separates in the last days of pregnancy.
  • Separation of the pubic symphysis may be inadequate in sows bred after 7-8 months of age and dystocia can result in these individuals. Other potential causes of dystocia include obesity and large fetal size.
  • Sows often give birth to 2-4 large, precocial pups. Other rodent species generally have large litters.
  • Pregnancy toxemia is an important cause of perinatal mortality in guinea pigs. This condition is most often observed in primiparous, obese sows in late gestation. The prognosis is often guarded. Minimize the risk of pregnancy toxemia by encouraging exercise, preventing obesity, and minimizing stress in the pregnant sow.
  • Unilateral or bilateral ovarian cysts are very common, particularly in older sows.
  • Ovariohysterectomy or ovariectomy is recommended to prevent the development of ovarian cysts and other reproductive problems in non-breeding companion sows.

Introduction

The guinea pig (Cavia porcellus) is a popular companion animal and a common research model. Guinea pigs are useful in reproductive studies because they share many reproductive traits with human beings (Fig 1).26 Like humans, guinea pigs possess a hemochorial placenta, in which maternal blood comes in direct contact with the fetal chorion, as well as similar trophoblast invasion patterns and comparable uterine vasculature.20,23,26 The guinea pig’s gestation period can also be divided into trimesters, analogous to the human condition.26 Of course, some features of guinea pig reproductive anatomy and physiology are shared with other members of Order Rodentia, and other features are unique to this special species. This article reviews anatomy and physiology of the guinea pig reproductive tract and summarizes some clinically significant medical problems.

Figure 1. Guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) are useful in many reproductive studies.

Boars

Intact male guinea pigs, or “boars”, enter puberty between 70-90 days, however males begin to show sexual behavior, such as mounting, at 1 month of age.9,17,23 At 2 months, boars begin to ejaculate while mounting.23 Expression of sexual behavior and physical development is significantly suppressed if the boar is housed with its mother and/or siblings.11

Boars tend to be larger than females, with both sexes having a single pair of inguinal mammae.5 Mature boars possess large, paired testes, which are located on either side of the perineum in distinct, shallow scrotal sacs (Fig 2).5,9,23 The testicles are usually fully descended into the scrotum by 81 days.2 If the testes have not descended by 4 months of age, the guinea pig should be considered cryptorchid.9 The inguinal canals remain open for life.9,19 To prevent herniation post-castration, many clinicians utilize a closed technique or a modified open technique, where the tunica is included in the suture that is used to tie off the spermatic cord and vessels.32

Figure 2. Gross image of the testicle (arrow) in a mature boar (Cavia porcellus). The epididymis lies along the dorsolateral surface of the testis. The tail of the epididymis gives rise to the ductus deferens. Credit: Drury Reavill, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice), DACVP. Click image to enlarge.

Clinical Tip: Although large, paired testes are obvious in mature boars, gender identification can be challenging in young pups. If the testicles are not obvious, sexing can be facilitated by placing gentle pressure at the base of the prepuce to partially extrude the penis.23

The S-shaped penis consists of a body and glans. Guinea pigs possess an os penis, which is found within the dorsal surface of the entire length of the glans.9,19 Like other hystricomorph rodents, the penis also has minute, saw-toothed white spurs arranged dorsolaterally in two parallel lines from the urethral orifice to the glans. There is also an intromittent sac on the ventral surface of the glans penis.9 During erection, the sac everts and two horny styles protrude.5,9,23 The function of these 3-5 mm long projections is unknown.9

Male reproductive glands include the seminal vesicles (vesicular glands), coagulating glands, bulbourethral glands, and the prostate (Fig 3).5,27 A rudimentary preputial gland may also be present in the boar.9

  • The large, transparent, smooth seminal vesicles are the largest reproductive glands of the boar, measuring up to 100 mm in length and 6-9 mm in diameter. These long, coiled, paired blind sacs lie ventral to the ureters and enter the urethra by a pair of ducts immediately caudodorsal to the ductus deferens.9,19,23,27

    Clinical Tip: The large, paired seminal vesicles can be mistaken for uterine horns.

  • The prostate gland consists of two pairs of lobes. A small ventral lobe and a large dorsal lobe are connected by a transverse isthmus, which lies caudomedial to the coagulating glands and lateral to the base of the seminal vesicles.9,27
  • Paired coagulating glands are cone-shaped and lobulated. They lie near the seminal vesicles, caudal to the urinary bladder, and are closely associated with the prostate.9
  • Paired bulbourethral glands are small, lobulated, oval masses connected to the urethra by a single duct.9

Each hair follicle of the guinea pig is associated with an androgen-dependent sebaceous gland. These glands are abundant along the back and are also found around the anus, where they are called the caudal gland or “grease gland”.9,23 The caudal gland is more developed in the boar and is used for scent marking (Fig 4). Boars frequently rub or press their rump against a surface, and the secretions deposited serve as a sexual attractant and to mark territory.9,23

Figure 4. Caudal gland (large arrow) and perineum (small arrow) in a male guinea pig (Cavia porcellus). Source: Uwe Gille via Wikimedia Commons. Click image to enlarge.

Sows

Puberty occurs around 2 months of age in the female guinea pig or “sow”.23 Peak reproduction is observed between 3-4 to 20 months and reproduction may continue until 4-5 years of age.19,23 Guinea pigs are seasonally polyestrous and breed year-round in captivity.9,23 Sows are spontaneous ovulators, with an estrous cycle between 15-17 days (range 13-21 days).19 Sows exhibit distinct signs of proestrus and estrus. During proestrus, sows become more active, chasing cage mates around, swaying their hindquarters, and producing a distinct guttural sound. Estrus lasts 6-11 hours, and during this time the sow displays lordosis, curvature of the spine with elevated hips, as well as vulvar dilation.23

The sow possesses a single pair of inguinal mammary glands with a single pair of inguinal mammary nipples (Fig 5), however supernumerary nipples are common.9,19,22 When compared to the boar, the sow’s nipples are longer and more prominent.9

Figure 5. Both male and female guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) possess a single pair of inguinal mammary glands. Source: Drury Reavill, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice), DACVP. Click image to enlarge.

Sows possess paired ovaries and a bicornuate uterus, consisting of paired uterine horns, a short uterine body, and a single os cervix (Fig 6, Fig 7).5,9,23

During anestrus and pregnancy, the vaginal opening in hystricomorph rodents is sealed with an epithelial membrane called the vaginal closure membrane. The membrane opens at estrus, Day 26 or 27 of gestation, and at parturition in many animals.19,22,23,29 The sow has a Y-shaped depression in perineal tissues. The vulvar opening lies at the intersection of the branches and the anus is located at the base of the Y (Fig 8).23

Figure 8. Y-shaped depression in the perineum of a guinea pig sow (Cavia porcellus), illustrating the vulva (white arrow) and the anus (yellow arrow). Source: Dorcas O’Rourke, DVM, MS, DACLAM. Click image to enlarge.

Copulation

When a receptive female is introduced, the boar begins to purr and sway his posterior from side to side, while circling, and sometimes brushing against the sow or even spraying urine at the sow. If the female is unreceptive, aggressive male behavior may be observed such as barbering the hair on the female’s neck.19 A receptive female will allow the male to sniff and lick her anogenital region.6,11,19 She assumes the lordosis position and allows the male to mount her. Whether ejaculation occurs or not, the male will perform genital grooming by dragging his perineum along the cage floor. Meanwhile the female doubles over and uses her mouth to groom her genitals.19 Mating usually occurs in the dark.8

Copulation is confirmed by the presence of a firm, rubbery deposit within the vagina called the copulatory or vaginal plug, composed of a solid mass of ejaculatory fluid.23 There are several theories on the function of the copulatory plug in rodents, including sperm storage, prevention of sperm leakage, promotion of sperm transport, and/or to prevent later fertilization by other males.23 The copulatory plug falls out several hours after mating.23

Gestation

The average guinea pig pregnancy lasts 68 days, with a reported range of 59-72 days.9,19,23 These dates vary with strain, parity, and litter size.23 Average litter size is 2-4 pups with a range of 1-13 pups.23 Obvious abdominal distension is not observed until late gestation.8

Clinical Tip: Fetuses can be palpated as early as day 15 of gestation as firm, oval swellings, Fetuses are more evident by 28-35 days, and individual body parts may be palpable by day 35.8,9,23 See Kaufmann 2004 in Further Reading below for additional information on guinea pig palpation.

Parturition

The birth canal of the sow is narrow at the level of the os coxae 30, and impending parturition is signaled by separation of the pubic symphysis.9,23 The release of relaxin by the pituitary gland and endometrium results in complete dissolution of the fibrocartilage of the pubic symphysis.9,23,30 By Day 40, only a small cartilaginous bridge extends across the symphysis and by birth, no cartilage is present.9,23

Clinical Tip: A gap up to 15 mm in width can be palpated at the pubic symphysis approximately 2 days before birth. The width of this gap increases up to 25 mm or more at the time of parturition.23

Guinea pigs do not build nests 22,23, however sows have been shown to display interest in other young in the cage just before giving birth.19 Parturition can occur at any time of day. The sow will display a quadrupedal squat, similar to that of defecation, as she gives birth.19 Birth is typically a rapid process. There is only about 5 minutes from the start of parturition to the birth of the first pup and only 3-4 minutes between subsequent births (Video 1).5,19,23

Video 1. Guinea pig birth, with a pup expelled at time stamp 1:50

After a newborn is expelled from the birthing canal, the sow doubles over to grab the pup with her teeth, followed by licking of the newborn and ingestion of the fetal membranes.19 Both males and females assist in grooming pups at parturition.22 Young may be left unattended until the last pup is expelled.19

The placenta is expelled once the last young is born.19,23 Guinea pigs are completely herbivorous, with the exception of placentophagy, the act of eating the placenta.23 The sow, the boar, and other guinea pigs in the cage will all ingest the placenta.19,22,23 Cannibalism or consumption of aborted fetuses and stillborn pups has not been documented in the guinea pig.22

Postpartum estrus occurs approximately 2-10 hours after parturition.9,19 If bred, the sow will not begin to attend to her young again until after mating.19

Newborn guinea pigs

The birth weight of newborn guinea pigs, also known as “pups” or “young”, ranges from 45-115 grams.19,23 Body weight is inversely related to litter size, and young less than 60 grams rarely survive.23 The newborn guinea pig is precocial: born fully furred with open eyes.9,23 The pup is able to crawl within minutes, stand shortly after birth, and walk and groom itself within a day.5,23 Pups tend to follow their mother or sometimes other adult females within the cage.5 Vocal communication is important for mobile, precocial species and guinea pig pups produce distinct calls when separated from their mothers. Sows are able to use vocal cues in pup recognition.9,16

Guinea pig mothers are not particularly attentive 5,23, although mothers of large litters are more responsive to offspring for a longer period of time than females with smaller litters.15 Maternal grooming behavior is normally limited to anogenital licking for 2-3 weeks after parturition to assist the newborn with elimination of waste.19 Voluntary micturition and defecation develops during the second week of life.19,23

Paternal behavior in guinea pigs is not well studied, however, playing with pups and grooming the pups have been observed in wild boars.1 It has been shown that more paternal behavior is displayed when only one boar is present with a receptive female. Competition from other males and a drive to mate with multiple females presumably results in less time or interest in paternal behavior.1

Pups begin social play with littermates at about day 3. Play is most prominent at 3 weeks of age, and includes hopping vertically into the air, hopping while changing direction, and hopping with a shake of the head and a prancing gait (Video 2).19

Video 2. “Popcorning” behavior in a guinea pig pup.

Lactation

Guinea pig milk contains 3.9% fat, 8.1% protein and 3.0% lactose.19,23 The normal lactation period is approximately 3 weeks long.23,29 Milk production peaks at day 7 post-partum and regresses at 4-weeks postpartum.9 The number of pups often exceeds the number of mammary glands however the young normally encounter little trouble obtaining milk.19 If born into a cage with older pups that are still nursing, the neonate may be pushed off the teat and may not be able to nurse as often as required.19

While nursing, newborns display filial lordosis. The back is flat and the perineal region is raised to allow the mother to lick the anogenital region. Sometimes while displaying filial lordosis, the newborn creates a purr call, which is thought to be a type of contact call.19 This behavior decreases as pups develop voluntary micturition during the second week of life.19,23

Guinea pig mothers passively allow nursing, rather than actively seeking out their young.5,23 Lactating sows will also permit young from other females to nurse.5,23 Ideally, an orphaned pup should receive milk from a lactating sow for a minimum of 5 days.23 The pup rarely survives if it does not receive sow’s milk for the first 3-4 days of life,23 however the pup does receive all maternal antibody from the placenta.31

If fostering is not possible, orphaned guinea pigs can be fed from a dropper or pet nurser beginning at 12-24 hours after birth.23 A 1:1 mixture of evaporated milk and water has been used to approximate guinea pig milk.23 One feeding schedule that has been recommended is every 2 hours until Day 5, then every 4 hours thereafter.23 Stimulate the pups to eliminate after every feeding until the second week of life.23

In Australia, a guinea pig milk replacer is commercially available through Wombaroo.

Weaning

Although nursing continues for several weeks, pups begin nibbling on solids by Day 2 or within a few days of life.5,23 Pellets moistened with formula or water can be offered to the young.23 Pups are typically weaned at 21 days (range 14-28 days) or at a weight of 150-200 grams.5,19,23 Hand-raised pups can be successfully weaned at day 3-4 due to their precocious nature as long as anogenital stimulation is still provided.19,22 Pups remain near their mother and littermates well beyond weaning, although more time is spent with other adult females (but not males) after weaning.9,11

Pregnancy-associated diseases

Pregnancy toxemia

Pregnancy toxemia can occur during late gestation, usually 2 weeks prepartum to 2 weeks postpartum.7,10 There are two distinct forms of pregnancy toxemia although the clinical picture is similar for both.7 Common clinical signs include anorexia, depression, ataxia, and dyspnea, which can progress to muscle spasms, paralysis, and death.7,13

Fasting or metabolic toxemia, also known as pregnancy ketosis, is prevalent in obese sows, often during their first or second pregnancy.10 The heavy demand of the growing fetuses creates a negative energy balance and subsequent metabolism of fat.10,13 Laboratory findings include acidosis, hypoglycemia (< 60 mg/dL), hyperlipidemia, hyperkalemia, ketonuria, proteinuria, and aciduria, in which urinary pH falls from about 9 to 5-6.8,12,13,17,30 Manage ketosis with warm intravenous (IV) or intraosseous isotonic fluids with dextrose and oral glucose.10 Begin a high-fiber, nutrient dense food, like Emeraid Herbivore Intensive Care.17 The prognosis for pregnancy toxemia is poor and prevention is essential. Encourage exercise and prevent obesity while ensuring food and water is readily available.10,13,30 Minimize stress and avoid any changes in the diet or housing during late pregnancy.10

The circulatory form of pregnancy toxemia, also known as preeclampsia, is caused by ischemia of the placenta and uterus due to compression of the blood supply by the gravid uterus. The uterus can also compress blood supply to the kidneys or gastrointestinal tract.10 The fetuses are usually dead and decomposing.13 Evaluation of pregnancy-related ischemia relies upon indirect blood pressure measurement to look for hypertension, due to compression of the renal vessels, or hypotension caused by shock.10 Laboratory findings include proteinuria and elevated creatinine.17 Institute shock therapy for the hypotensive patient.10 Treatment of uteroplacental ischemia relies upon an emergency cesarean section and IV fluids with glucose,13 although this does carry significant clinical risk.

Dystocia

Sows suffer from a high rate of fetal deaths (stillbirths) and early neonatal deaths due to dystocia.7,23 Dystocia can develop if the first breeding is delayed until after the pubic symphysis has fused, if the pups are too large for the birthing canal, the birthing canal is abnormally small, or when the sow is obese.19,30 Suspect dystocia in gravid sows that show depression or a bloody or discolored vaginal discharge. An emergency cesarean section is indicated in most cases.23

Visit LafeberVet’s Dystocia in Guinea Pigs for additional information.

Other reproductive diseases

Ovarian cysts, mammary gland tumors, as well as uterine and cervical neoplasia are among the most common diseases reported in the sow. Other reproductive conditions described in the literature include vaginal or uterine prolapse, mastitis, pyometra, metritis, vaginitis, orchitis, and epididymitis.10,17

Ovarian cysts

Unilateral or bilateral ovarian cysts (cystic rete ovarii) are one of the most common reproductive diseases of the sow (Fig 9).10,24,25 Single or multilocular, serous cysts have been identified in 58% to 100% of sows between 3 months to 5 years of age.3,10,17,30 The size and prevalence of cysts increases with age.7,24

Figure 9. Gross image illustrating ovarian cysts in a guinea pig (Cavia porcellus). Credit: Drury Reavill, DVM, DABVP (Avian Practice), DACVP.

Ovarian cysts are often associated with other conditions, such as leiomyomas, granulosa cell tumors, cystic endometrial hyperplasia, mucometra, and endometritis.4,7,10,28 Clinical signs can include pear-shaped abdominal distension, anorexia, depression, and infertility.10,28 When functional follicular cysts are present, bilaterally symmetrical alopecia can also be found on the flanks due to hyperestrogenism.10,28 Behavioral changes, such as aggression or persistent estrus, can also be observed.28

Definitive diagnosis of ovarian cysts relies upon abdominal ultrasound or exploratory laparotomy, although survey radiographs can identify large cysts in many cases.7,10 The treatment of choice is ovariohysterectomy or ovariectomy as recurrence is common, however there is risk associated with anesthesia and surgery in these older, clinically ill patients.7,10,28 Hormonal therapy has not been shown to serve as an effective mode of treatment.10,24,28 Due to the high incidence of ovarian cysts and other breeding problems, elective ovariohysterectomy or ovariectomy is recommended in non-breeding animals.7

Neoplasia

Reproductive tumors account for approximately 25% of the neoplasms seen in guinea pigs 3 years of age or older.14,22 Reproductive tract tumors are more common in sows than boars, with mammary gland and uterine neoplasia most frequently reported.14,18,22 Testicular tumors are rare.14,30

  • Mammary adenocarcinomas and fibroadenomas can occur in both boars and sows.14,21
  • Reported uterine tumors include leiomyoma, leiomyosarcoma, fibroma, myxoid fibrosarcoma, and uterine spindle sarcoma.14,21,28,30
  • Spontaneous ovarian tumors include teratomas, granulosa cell tumors, and adenocarcinomas.4,14,21,30
  • Cervical polyps, as well as adenomas and adenocarcinomas of the cervix have also been described.18

Summary

Male guinea pigs possess distinct scrotal pouches and large testicles. Boars also have several accessory sex glands, including paired seminal vesicles or vesicular glands. These large, coiled, blind sacs are extremely large, filling a large portion of the caudal abdomen. Puberty occurs between 2-3 months in male guinea pigs and at 2 months in females. Sows are seasonally polyestrous and spontaneous ovulators. The average guinea pig pregnancy lasts 68 days, with a reported range of 59-72 days. During gestation, the cartilage joining the bones of pubic symphysis begins to dissolve and is completely gone by birth. This separation of the pubic symphysis may be inadequate in primiparous sows bred after 7-8 months and dystocia may result. Additional important reproductive diseases include pregnancy toxemia and ovarian cysts. Neonatal guinea pigs are precocial. Guinea pig mothers allow passive nursing and young from other females are able to nurse, which makes fostering a viable possibility for the orphaned pup.

21 Guinea Pig Names That Will Make You Laugh Or Say ‘Awwww’

Because “Brownie” is overrated, here’s a list of fun and unique guinea pig names to fit your rodent friend.

If you’re like me, your family had a trend going with guinea pig names (mostly food related).

We had cavy parents Carmel and Cocoa who had babies Snickers, Cookies’n Cream, and Reese’s. In case you’re wondering, yes, they all had middle names, too.

Then I adopted a guinea pig named Butterscotch, but he looked more like a Gus. To continue with the trending food names, he became Asparagus Butterscotch–Gus Gus for short.

If you’re looking for some clever guinea pig names, look no further.

1. Spike

This is the perfect name for an Abyssinian with especially spiky hair (and was the name of the guinea pig forerunner in my family).

2. Toupee

Because that’s what they sometimes look like. I’m still wondering if there’s secretly a guinea pig atop Donald Trump’s head.

3. Crumpet or Jelly Bean

In keeping with the food theme, you can sophisticate your piggle with these names.

READ MORE: 12 Perfect Food-Related Pet Names Everyone Will Appreciate

4. Beyonce

If your pig is a single lady with sass and class, I’ve got you covered.

5. Pancake

I’ve seen this one floating around the Internet a few times, and I just can’t handle it.

6. Waffle

Pair this with #5 and start an Instagram account pronto.

7. Bacon

While you’re at it, just go for the full breakfast ensemble for your little buddy.

8. Penelope, Bailey, Betty, Dottie, or Annie

These are cute and old-fashioned. Any guinea pig lover would approve.

9. Simon or George

More classic goodies. Let’s hear it for the boys.

10. Piglet

Okay, so it’s not that clever. But if you have a tiny little guinea pig with a noteworthy squeak, this name is pretty darn adorable.

11. Walter or Bob

These guinea pigs sound like they should be wearing business suits on Wall Street.

12. Winnie

Whether it’s a tribute to their squeaking noises or Pooh Bear himself, this name can work for boy and girl piggies.

13. Fabio

For the Silkie or Peruvian pig with locks that make Garnier-Fructis jealous, have at it with “Fabio.”

14. L’Oreal

If Fabio has a lady friend, try out this name. Because guinea pigs are worthy, too.

15. Capone

The Scarface, gangster wannabe piggie earns this title.

16. Guinea-veve

A play on the classic Genevieve, it’ll take your friends a few tries to learn this one.

17. Yoda

Star Wars fans. Enough said.

18. Biscuit

In case your breakfast clan just keeps on growing.

19. Hamlet, Juliet, or Cleopatra

If you’re a literature fan or a lover of plays on words, try out these names for your pet guinea pig.

20. Chomper

This one’s pretty satirical because come on now. It’s a guinea pig. Pork Chop would also work in this same vein.

21. Rodney

Because I wrote a story about this little guy and he stole my heart.

Clearly, there is no lack of creativity when it comes to brainstorming funny names for your tiny furry friend, especially new baby guinea pigs.

Remember, when you bring home a new guinea pig you should spend a day or two with your sweet pea before you come up with name ideas! You may decide your guinea pig looks like a Sunshine, Pickles, Blondie, Miss Piggy, Coconut, Pearl, Luna, Mocha or Toffee! All of these are super cute name ideas. A name may just come out of nowhere and it’ll be perfect for your new furball.

Find the perfect cute guinea pig names here!

Names for different colored piggies, pairs of piggies, girls and boys.

From the adorable to the totally unique. You’re sure to find the right name for your new pet.

Here are our top 15 names, but if you don’t fancy any of them don’t worry – there are plenty more below!

Cute Guinea Pig Names

Rosie Ginger Bessie
Tinker Annie Cookie
Bella Sunny Lola
Scooter Twitch Pip
Lucky Buttons Sparky

Did you know?

Despite their common name of “guinea pig,” guinea pigs are not actually pigs at all.

In fact, they are more closely related to porcupines than pork!

Their scientific name, Cavia Porcellus, is often shortened to simply “Cavy” (singular), “Cavies” (plural) or “Cavia.”

Paleontologists have discovered that members of the Caviidae family date all the way back to the Miocene Period!

That’ a cool 23 million years ago!

Choosing names can be hard!

That is what we will explore here! What do other guinea pig owners name their pets?

Do you have any top name choices in mind?

Are you having trouble deciding on the perfect name for your pint-sized bundle of fluff?

We aim to give you a wealth of creative ideas for cute names for guinea pigs.

Helping you to discover the right names for your new family members in no time!

Cute guinea pig names – making the right choice

One of the most fun ways to choose a name for your guinea pig is to think about all the characteristics that make your pet unique.

Whether from other species of pets or even from other guinea pigs.

For instance, here are some fun guinea pig facts along with name ideas to match to get your creative juices flowing….

Flowery guinea pig names

Guinea pigs’ ears are said to resemble the petals of a flower:

  • Petal
  • Bud
  • Flora
  • Pollen (Polly)
  • Flower
  • Blossom
  • Rose
  • Daisy
  • Dandelion
  • Bluebell

Smart guinea pig names

Guinea pigs are very smart and inquisitive so why not name them after smart people? These names can be shortened too, to make them sound more cute and cuddly

  • (Albert) Einstein – can be shortened to Bertie
  • (Thomas) Edison – Tom or Tommy, Eddie
  • Benjamin (Franklin) – Benjy or Frankie
  • Winston (Churchill) – Winnie
  • Marie (Curie)
  • Socrates – socks (great for guinea pigs with white feet!
  • Aristotle – Tottie, Arry
  • Curious George
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Johann Sebastian (Bach)

Sweet guinea pig names – dawn to dusk

Guinea pigs are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. Here are some sweet names that reflect that.

  • Sleepy
  • Bella
  • Edward
  • Sunny (Sunshine)
  • Pluto
  • Dusky
  • Lucy
  • Lila
  • Luna
  • Apollo

Funny guinea pig names

Guinea pigs are short and squat and most are quite furry – here are some fun names to reflect their body shape.

  • Furball
  • Fluffy (Fluffball)
  • Stumpy
  • Stubby
  • Abby (for Abyssinian, one breed of guinea pig)
  • Baird (for the hairless breed of guinea pig)
  • Silky (for the Peruvian breed with silky long hair)
  • Tank
  • Buddha
  • Bear

Cute female guinea pig names

Is there anything cuter than a little girl guinea pig? We can’t think of anything – and chances are good that you, smitten new guinea pig parent that you are, can’t either!

Here is a selection of cute girl guinea pig names that just might fit your little gal to a “t!”

  • Tinkerbell
  • Princess Buttercup
  • Ariel
  • Alice
  • Sweetie
  • Jasmine
  • Penny
  • Willow
  • Cookie
  • Cleo (Cleopatra)

Guinea pig names for girl pairs

If you are lucky enough to bring home two little girl guinea pigs, you likely won’t have any trouble coming up with adorable name pairs for your two future femme fatales.

Some fun ideas include picking names of movie character siblings (like Elsa and Anna from Frozen), or picking names with the same first letter (such as Jess and Jenn) or taking inspiration from celebs’ own twin pets (Dave Matthews’ Stella and Grace).

Here are some ideas to play around with until you find the perfect duo that fits your two new little princesses!

  • Elsa and Anna
  • Faith and Hope
  • Hailey and Hannah
  • Ava and Mia
  • Jess and Jenn
  • Stella and Grace
  • Julie and Julia
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Lexi & Allie
  • Eden and Savannah

Cute boy guinea pig names

If you find that your pick of the litter is a lovely little boy, after you get him all set up with supplies and food and toys and the poshest pad ever, all that is left is to pick his name!

Hmmmm….so many cute male guinea pig names to choose from! Maybe these ideas will jumpstart your imagination to find the perfect name!

  • Tiberius
  • Zeus
  • Thor
  • Thumper
  • Abe
  • Rocky
  • Alfalfa
  • Ace
  • Basil
  • Taz

Guinea pig names for two males

Of course, little boy guinea pig puppies are just as cute as little girls are! And your little men deserve the most perfect cute male guinea pig names your inventive mind can dream up for them!

Here are some fun choices to consider:

  • Abu and Baloo
  • Bashful and Boomer
  • Bruno and Mars
  • Buzz and Chip
  • Dale and Dewey
  • Nemo and Marlin
  • Pongo and Rex
  • Tigger and Thumper
  • Morty and Mickey
  • Homer and Bart

Baby guinea pig names

Are you bringing home a baby guinea pig?

First, a tip – if this will be your very first experience as a cavy parent, be sure your little one is at least three weeks old and successfully weaned from its mama before you take it home.

This will give your guinea pig its best and healthiest possible start in life.

Your next step, of course, will be to choose one of the many cute baby guinea pig names you’ve probably already been brainstorming for your new little love. Who knows – one of these ideas might turn out to be the perfect fit!

If your new pig is a baby boy:

  • Ziti
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Dash
  • Max
  • Obie
  • Crush
  • Eli
  • Ollie
  • Tucker

If your new little pig is a baby girl:

  • Molly
  • Bailey
  • Belle
  • Sophie
  • Joy
  • Peach
  • Evie
  • Tori
  • Avery
  • Maggie (Mags)

Black and white guinea pig names

If you score a pair of pigs and one is white and one is black, these twin names might be just up your alley:

  • Salt and Pepper (or Salt n’ Pepa, if you are into classic hip hop)
  • Mickey and Minnie
  • Snoopy and Droopy
  • Angel and Ninja
  • Ghost and Shadow
  • Smokey and Bandit
  • Dusk and Dawn
  • Thunder and Lightning
  • Ebony and Ivory
  • Blackie and Whitey (it had to be said)

Black guinea pig names

Or let’s say you are bringing home a beautiful single black, or very dark furred, guinea pig to add to your family. These fun names might be just a perfect match for your new little four-legged mate:

  • Charcoal
  • Inky
  • Kerry (means black haired)
  • Pepsi
  • Cola
  • Jet
  • Sooty
  • Indigo
  • Domino
  • Zorro

If your new little one is a girl with black fur, try on these great names for a fit!

  • Elvira
  • Onyx
  • Leila (means dark as night)
  • Licorice
  • Shadow
  • Coffee
  • Ember
  • Dot (Dottie)
  • Stella
  • Raven

White guinea pig names

What could be prettier than a silky, snowy white guinea pig? We honestly couldn’t tell you!

As you will see, there is no shortage of cute male guinea pig names for pigs with white fur (many of these could also work well for either gender):

  • Casper
  • Snowball
  • Vanilla Ice
  • Duke
  • Cottonball
  • Alpine
  • Popcorn
  • Coconut
  • Snowflake
  • Tofu

These cute names for guinea pigs with white fur might be just perfect for your little girl:

  • Crystal
  • Misty
  • Cloudy
  • Bianca
  • Lily
  • Alaska
  • Gardenia
  • Magnolia
  • Harmony
  • Pearl

Brown and white guinea pig names

One of the (many) most amazing things about guinea pigs is their coloration. There is so much variety!

From pure black or white to brown, ginger, buff, ivory, agouti (camouflage), gold, silver…..just when you think you have seen every possible color and set of markings, a new guinea pig color or pattern appears to dazzle you!

According to the American Cavy Breeders Association, there are 13 recognized breeds and 10 recognized color patterns.

What this means is that all bets are off when picking cute names for guinea pigs that are based on your pig’s unique color or pattern.

Here are some ideas if you bring home a guinea pig whose colors or markings fall into the brown and white spectrum:

  • Brownie
  • Toffee
  • Honey
  • Goldie
  • Cocoa
  • Mocha (or Mochi)
  • Sable
  • Starbuck
  • Count Chocula
  • Fawn

Ginger guinea pig names

Similarly, a great number of guinea pigs today display coat colors and patterns in the gorgeous ginger spectrum, making it fun and easy to pick a color-based name!

  • Rusty
  • Red
  • Brandy
  • Cinnamon
  • Coppertop
  • Tawny
  • Ginger
  • Cherry
  • Ruby
  • Coral

Fluffy guinea pig names

What is cuter than a fluffy guinea pig?

Nothing, of course!

Here are our favorite cute guinea pig names for woolly piggies!

  • Sheep
  • Wooly
  • Dougal
  • Fuzzy
  • Cotton
  • Hairy
  • Teddy
  • Bear

Best cute guinea pig names

So many names to ponder – which one will be the perfect choice for your new sweet fur (or fur-less) guinea pig baby?

Maybe you will find the name you are searching for in the lists offered here. Or perhaps you will discover your guinea pig’s new name by watching him or her in action.

Then again, maybe the name you’ve been searching for will come to you while you’re busy doing something else that is totally unrelated to even thinking about cute guinea pig names!

However you arrive at your top name choice, we sure would love to hear about it!

We may even add it to the list above!

Other Name Options

If none of these names were quite right, check out some of the pages below for even more ideas!

  • Japanese Pet Names
  • Cool Guinea Pig Names
  • Funny Guinea Pig Names
  • Black and White Guinea Pig Names

Please share your stories in the comments section here so we can all enjoy and celebrate your precious new addition with you!

300+ Adorable Guinea Pig Names For Your New Piggy Pal(s)

If you’re looking for cute, funny or simply unique guinea pig names for your new piggy pal(s), consider your quest officially over! Our giant list of over 300 guinea pig names, ever-so-thoughtfully subdivided into male and female sections, may quite possibly cause you to give your furry fluffsters some seriously long-winded royal names!

Short-haired or dark-coated, full of attitude or full of beans, you’re sure to find the perfect moniker that’s truly fitting for your one-of-a-kind guinea guy(s) or gal(s). Does your sassy little sow deserve a truly sensational title like Princess Raven Twilight Sparkles? Are you searching for a one-name-wonder like Bruce for your baby boar? Would you like to name your fluffy pals after G-Force characters? Do you have an all-male litter? Read on to get some piggy-inspired ideas!

Wait a minute, are you a first-time pig parent? Then, you’ve certainly come to the right place! After choosing a name that will perfectly please your piglet, make sure to check out all our in-depth guinea pig care posts. They’ll set you off in the right direction and ensure your pets are well-cared for and truly happy.

Now, on with the show! We’ve got some names to pick!

Unique guinea pig names from Disney movies

The Disney movies are a great place to find some unique guinea pig names. With so many wonderful movies over the years, you may have a hard time choosing a favorite moniker for your furry best friend! Luckily, we’ve selected a few for you here so you don’t have to hunt down the best ones.

101 Dalmatians

Male:

  • Colonel (if your guinea looks like the sheepdog!)

Or how about these male names for guineas who are black and white?

  • Pongo
  • Tibbs
  • Rolly
  • Lucky
  • Patch

Female:

  • Cruella de Vil

If you’re hunting for some lovely names for your female black and white piggies, these are sure to please!

  • Perdita
  • Penny

Aladdin

Male:

  • Abu (a great name for a pig with a fiery personality!)
  • Aladdin
  • Iago (an adorable name for a talkative guinea!)
  • Rajah

Female:

  • Jasmine

Donald Duck

Here are some cute male names that would be awesome if you have an all-male clan:

  • Donald
  • Dewey
  • Huey
  • Louie

Jungle Book

Male:

  • Baloo (for brown guineas like the bear!)
  • Mowgli
  • Bagheera (if your guinea is all-black like the panther!)

Female:

  • Shanti

Lion King

The Lion King has some fantastically original names, so make sure to check this great list out!

Male:

  • Simba
  • Scar
  • Mufasa
  • Rafiki
  • Pumbaa
  • Timon
  • Kovu
  • Zazu
  • Nuka

Female:

  • Nala
  • Kiara
  • Zira
  • Vitani
  • Sarabi

Last but not least, the three hyena names would suit a piggy trio that tend to get into a lot of trouble!

  • Shenzi
  • Banzai
  • Ed

Snow White

Do you have a large troupe of males? Why not pick a few funny guinea pig names from these iconic Disney dwarves?

  • Bashful
  • Dopey
  • Doc
  • Grumpy
  • Happy
  • Sleepy
  • Sneezy

Cute and unusual guinea pig names

At this point, if you haven’t narrowed down the all-time best guinea pig name(s), there’s no need to panic! You’ve only read through a small fraction of our extensive list! So, if you’re still on the hunt for cool, cute or funny guinea pig names, we have plenty more for you to peruse. Read on for tons more ideas!

A

Male

  • Armand
  • Abraham (Abe, for short)
  • Arthur
  • Austin
  • Asher
  • Adonis
  • Axel
  • Alfred
  • Abbott
  • Atila
  • Auburn

Female

  • Abigail (Abby, for short)
  • Amanda
  • Ariel
  • Amber
  • Arya
  • Agatha
  • Amy
  • Adele
  • Adora
  • Akiva
  • Angel
  • Apricot

B

Male

  • Biscuit
  • Brownie
  • Buttons
  • Bruce
  • Beau
  • Blaze
  • Buck
  • Bailey
  • Bambi
  • Bale

Female

  • Baby
  • Barbie
  • Beatrice
  • Bella
  • Bessie
  • Bianca
  • Blanche
  • Blondie
  • Blossom
  • Brandy
  • Buffy

C

Male

  • Caramel
  • Charcoal
  • Choco
  • Chocolate
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Crumpet
  • Curly

Female

  • Claire
  • Charlotte
  • Celeste
  • Crystal
  • Cindy
  • Cora
  • Cara
  • Callie
  • Chloe
  • Cinnamon
  • Clarice
  • Coco
  • Cookie
  • Coral

D

Male

  • Domino
  • Darcy
  • Devin
  • Dior
  • Dumbo

Female

  • Daisy
  • DiDi
  • Dolly
  • Dawn
  • Daphne
  • Dixie

E

Male

  • Earl
  • Edgar
  • Edwin
  • Echo

Female

  • Ebony
  • Elvira
  • Ellie
  • Eden
  • Ember

F

Male

  • Fluffy
  • Frisky
  • Floyd
  • Finn
  • Forest
  • Foster
  • Filmore
  • Flash
  • Frizzy
  • Fudge
  • Fabio
  • Finnegan

Female

  • Fawn
  • Flower
  • Fluff
  • Franny
  • Fleur
  • Flora

G

Male

  • Griffin
  • Gus
  • Greyson
  • Gerald
  • Gingerbread

Female

  • Ginger
  • Goldie
  • Grace
  • Gina
  • Gigi
  • Ginny
  • Gertrude

H

Male

  • Henry
  • Hunter
  • Harry (perfect for long-haired “hairy” pals!)
  • Hugo
  • Hank

Female

  • Holly
  • Hazel
  • Honey

I

Male

  • Igor
  • Ivan

Female

  • Ivy
  • Ivory
  • Indigo

J

Male

  • Jelly Bean
  • Jack

Female

  • Jill

K

Male

  • Koal

Female

  • Kiki

L

Male

  • Licorice
  • Lucky
  • Loofa

Female

  • Lily
  • Lola
  • Lulu
  • Luna

M

Male

  • Mr. Pig
  • Marbles
  • Marmalade
  • Marshmallow
  • Merlot

Female

  • Maggie
  • Midnight
  • Miss Piggy
  • Mocha

N

Male

  • Nox
  • Noah
  • Nate

Female

  • Nibbles
  • Nova
  • Nikki
  • Noel

O

Male

  • Onyx
  • Oreo
  • Olaf
  • Otis
  • Omar

Female

  • Olive
  • Opal

P

Male

  • Patches
  • Peanut
  • Pip
  • Popcorn
  • Pork Chop
  • Porky

Female

  • Peaches
  • Pearl
  • Miss Piggy
  • Pixie
  • Primrose
  • Princess

Q

Male

  • Quinn

Female

  • Queen

R

Male

  • Rumble
  • Rusty
  • Rex
  • Rocker

Female

  • Raven
  • Rosie
  • Ruby

S

Male

  • Sirius
  • Snuggles
  • Sooty
  • Scamper
  • Shadow
  • Shaggy
  • Skeeter
  • Sleepy
  • Smokey
  • Smudge
  • Speckles
  • Spike
  • Squeaker
  • Squeak
  • Squiggly
  • Squirt
  • Squishy

Female

  • Sable
  • Sandy
  • Sasha
  • Snow
  • Snowball
  • Snowdrop
  • Snowflake
  • Sparkle
  • Star
  • Sugar
  • Summer
  • Sunny
  • Sunshine
  • Sweet Pea
  • Sweetie
  • Sweetie-pie

T

Male

  • Teddy
  • Twinkie
  • Twitch
  • Twitter
  • Twix

Female

  • Tawny
  • Tiara
  • Tinkerbell
  • Toffee
  • Twilight

V

Male

  • Vinn
  • Vale

Female

  • Violet
  • Viviane

W

Male

  • Whiskey
  • Whistler

Female

  • Winnie

Y

Male

  • Yoda
  • Yogi
  • York

Female

  • Yara
  • Yolanda

Z

Male

  • Zipper
  • Zorro
  • Zane

Female

  • Zelda
  • Zora
  • Zsa Zsa

G-Force guinea pig names

Are you a big fan of G-Force? Even if you’ve never heard of them, you’ll certainly agree that these names are super cool!

Male:

  • Darwin (if you have a crested guinea pig)
  • Blaster (his love interest in the movie is Juarez, so if you have a male/female couple, that would be a cute choice)
  • Speckles (he’s a mole in the movie, but it’s still an adorable name for a brown guinea)
  • Hurley (for an Abyssinian guinea pig. He’s Darwin’s long-lost brother, so you can pair two males with those names for a charming combo)
  • Bucky (a Syrian hamster in the movie, but still a funky name!)
  • Mooch (a housefly and member of G-Force, though it makes for an unusual pet name that’s perfect for guineas with large appetites!)

Female:

  • Juarez (Blaster’s love interest and the muscle of G-Force)

We’ve come to the end of our huge list of over 300 names! So, did you find a few that were piggy perfect? Truly, we hope we’ve provided you with some unique guinea pig names for your furry, show-stopping sensations. We found a few great ideas over at Squeaks and Nibbles, and decided to add those ones to our list too. Whether it’s guinea pig names for two males or a whole pen full of sows, our goal was to list some out-of-the-ordinary ideas. Let us know if we’ve helped you out!

Girl Guinea Pig Names

Female guinea pigs make great pets and, apart from buying all the bits and pieces you need for your new female guinea pig, the first thing you’ll want to do is to find a name that suits her

Whether you have a baby guinea pig or you’ve just adopted a mature lady piggy and are looking to re-name her, we will have the perfect name for your pet somewhere in our list.

Girl guinea pigs love other female companions and will get on well with a neutered male too so make sure she has a friend or she may be lonely. Would you like to adopt a guinea pig? Check out our rescue centre page here…

  • Adora
  • Agate
  • Agnes
  • Alberta
  • Alice
  • Amethyst
  • Amy
  • Angel
  • Angelica
  • Angelina
  • Apple Bloom
  • Applejack
  • Apple Pie
  • Apple Rose
  • Apple Strudel
  • Ariel
  • Ava
  • Beatrice
  • Belle
  • Betty
  • Betty Boop
  • Bilberry
  • Blackberry
  • Blossom
  • Bluebell
  • Blueberry
  • Bramble
  • Brandy
  • Bubbles
  • Bumblesweet
  • Buttercup
  • Butterscotch
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Chica
  • Cinderella
  • Cinnamon
  • Claudette
  • Clementine
  • Cleopatra
  • Cloud Chaser
  • Coco
  • Coconut Cream
  • Cookie
  • Cookie Crumbles
  • Cotton Candy
  • Cressida
  • Custard
  • Daisy
  • Dolly
  • Dora
  • Ermintrude

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  • Esmerelda
  • Evie
  • FiFi
  • Fleur
  • Flopsy
  • Flora
  • Florence
  • Flossie
  • Fluffy
  • Flurry Heart
  • Fluttershy
  • Fuzzy Bear
  • Gabby
  • Georgie Pig
  • Ginger
  • GingerNut
  • Ginny
  • Giselle
  • Goldie
  • Goldilocks
  • Gretel
  • Guinivere
  • Hazel
  • Indigo
  • Izadora
  • Izzy
  • Jaffa
  • Jasmine
  • Jinx
  • Jojo
  • Josie
  • Kiki
  • Lily Blossom
  • Lychee
  • Luna
  • Maple
  • Marjorie
  • Matilda
  • Maud
  • Mavis
  • Maxella
  • Merry
  • Miss Piggy
  • Miss Tiggywinkle
  • Mopsy
  • Nana
  • Nutmeg
  • Oreo
  • Paloma
  • Pandora
  • Peachy Pie
  • Peanut
  • Peggy
  • Penny
  • Persia
  • Pigglepops
  • Piglet
  • Pinkie Pie
  • Pinky
  • Pippa
  • Pipsqueak
  • Pond
  • Popcorn
  • Poppy
  • Portia
  • Princess
  • Princess Amore
  • Princess Blueblood
  • Princess Cadence
  • Princess Celestia
  • Princess Diana
  • Princess Ember
  • Princess Luna
  • Princess Peach
  • Princess Poppy
  • Priscilla
  • Prudence
  • Pumpkin
  • Queenie
  • Rainbow Dash
  • Rapunzel
  • Rarity
  • Redd
  • Rosanna
  • Rosebud
  • Rosemary
  • Rosy Posy
  • Rouge
  • Rubella
  • Ruby
  • Saffron
  • Sally
  • Sapphire
  • Scootaloo
  • Sketchy
  • Snowdrop
  • Snowy
  • Sophia
  • Sparkles
  • Sugar Belle
  • Sugarcoat
  • Sugarplum
  • Sunburst
  • Sunny
  • Sunny Daze
  • Sunshine
  • SweetieBelle
  • Sweetpea
  • Tabitha
  • Tesla
  • Thumbelina
  • Tiggle my Piggle
  • Tina
  • Tiny
  • Toola Roola
  • Topsy
  • Trixie
  • Tulip
  • Twilight Sparkle
  • Twilight Velvet
  • TwinkleToes
  • Twitch
  • Wafer
  • Waffle
  • Willow
  • Wilma
  • Winnie
  • Woolly
  • Zelda

Guinea Pig Names for Cute, Funny and Solid Pets

I know why you have taken home a little (or not?) guinea pig at home. Is it possible to resist its charm and big eyes? Little fluffy tail and so cute place where it is “enshrined”, paws, that are either gracefully or funny used, although mainly to make cheek full, all these details caught your heart from the first sight. Often, girl guinea pig will look tender (in spite of round forms) and nice, they are rather emotional and vulnerable in a time, when boys are very active (I’d rather say proactive), solid (in spite of the little size and forms looking like fat) and sometimes bully. Both don’t require too much funds for keeping as fixed (cage, space, vaccinations), but need all love from you, especially in relation to baby girl guinea pig. But it’s impossible to love somebody, if you don’t care his/her name.

Please, consider, the fact female guinea pig names should be chosen appropriately and correlate with main behavior characteristics, sex, image, maybe voice or some movements performed too often. This is one more reason, why often guinea pig names for girl should be tenderness, humility, friendliness, so on. Following cute guinea pig names for girl you have as an example:

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Namesfor Pretty Fluffy Ladies:

Stud Muffin Cupcake Peanut
Cleo Sprinkles Snickers
Pumpkin Swettie Piglet
Furball Cuddle M&Ms
Peach Cottonball Oreo
Honey Pixie Luna
Kiki Nikki Woody
S’mores Nutella Snickerdoodle

You should also acknowledge with more serious options of guinea pig names for girls:

Strong Female Guinea Pig Names:

Princess Sugar Rosie
Nutmeg Daisy Ivory
Cinnamon Ginger Ladybug
Lily Peaches Lorelai
Minnie Arial Hazel
Tamera Rapunzel Crystal
Bella Midnight Sweetheart
Sofie Buttercup Baby

It’s a common delusion to think that there is no difference between male and female pet. Although both are cute, doesn’t have specific requirements for care, don’t cause allergic reactions (rare cases) and don’t have unpleasant smell, the main differences include following ones for girls and boys respectively:

  • Behavior – nice/stormy;
  • Loneliness – accepted without harm/feels stressed without petting;
  • Sounds – rare/often busting.

Therefore, it’s necessary to consider facts above, to avoid name Modest given to, for example, Zinger and select suitable variant among guinea pig names for boys. Anyway, all pets aren’t robots with defined characteristics, so exceptions may be met.

Cute Guinea Pig Names for Boys:

Rocko Boomer Ozzy
Paco Chomper Zipper
Bob Bart Leonard
Fabio Homer Matty
Oliver Abu Ham
Sleepy Pepsi Nemo
Griffin Peanut Oreo
Tank Marshmallow Braveheart

Solid Guinea Pig Names for Boys:

Rocko Chomper Ozzy
Paco Bart Zipper
Fabio Leonard Bob
Matty Homer Pepsi
Oliver Tank Ham
Quinn Mr. Pig Jack
Boomer Gerald Nemo
Floyd Braveheart Earl

Bonus: Funny Ways to Call Your Pet:

Hamlet The Hulk Goliath
Fuzzmeister Bam Bam Meatball
Gumbo Biscuit Guinevere
Jedi Jack Hammer Pork Chop
Batman Godzilla Flash
Guinness Merlot Ginny Pig
Pip Brutus Porky
Alf Pork Chop Chunk

Let Your Pet Help Decide

As was mentioned above, you may monitor your fluffy friend for some time before calling it by the specific chosen name. Check how active it is, how loud sounds and pickle it generates, is it combat beast or modest one and so on. In case doubts are still with you, offer a pet to choose name by:

  • Just call different variants and wait some sound from fatty fellow. First reaction on some name will define, how you will call it further.
  • When you have guests at your place, offer fellows to help with naming by coming up with some way to call it and offer a little creature to choose one from your fellows. Where will it go will define a name.
  • Play with it a lot and find some specific manner to do something. Call it with reference to the funny habit.