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The domestic guinea pig plays an important role in the folk culture of many Indigenous South American groups, especially as a food source, but also in folk medicine and in community religious ceremonies. [6] Since the 1960s, efforts have been made to increase consumption of the animal outside South America. [7]

In Western societies, the domestic guinea pig has enjoyed widespread popularity as a household pet since its introduction by European traders in the 16th century. Their docile nature; friendly, even affectionate responsiveness to handling and feeding; and the relative ease of caring for them, continue to make guinea pigs a popular pet. Organizations devoted to competitive breeding of guinea pigs have been formed worldwide, and many specialized breeds of guinea pig, with varying coat colors and compositions, are cultivated by breeders.

Biological experimentation on guinea pigs has been carried out since the 17th century. The animals were frequently used as model organisms in the 19th and 20th centuries, resulting in the epithet "guinea pig" for a test subject , but have since been largely replaced by other rodents such as mice and rats. They are still used in research, primarily as models for human medical conditions such as juvenile diabetes , tuberculosis , scurvy , and pregnancy complications.

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The domestic guinea pig plays an important role in the folk culture of many Indigenous South American groups, especially as a food source, but also in folk medicine and in community religious ceremonies. [6] Since the 1960s, efforts have been made to increase consumption of the animal outside South America. [7]

In Western societies, the domestic guinea pig has enjoyed widespread popularity as a household pet since its introduction by European traders in the 16th century. Their docile nature; friendly, even affectionate responsiveness to handling and feeding; and the relative ease of caring for them, continue to make guinea pigs a popular pet. Organizations devoted to competitive breeding of guinea pigs have been formed worldwide, and many specialized breeds of guinea pig, with varying coat colors and compositions, are cultivated by breeders.

Biological experimentation on guinea pigs has been carried out since the 17th century. The animals were frequently used as model organisms in the 19th and 20th centuries, resulting in the epithet "guinea pig" for a test subject , but have since been largely replaced by other rodents such as mice and rats. They are still used in research, primarily as models for human medical conditions such as juvenile diabetes , tuberculosis , scurvy , and pregnancy complications.

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A group of 19 plucky pigs caused a five-kilometre (three mile) traffic jam on a Japanese motorway after making a bold dash for freedom while on the way to market.

Police near Osaka, western Japan, scrambled to round up the porky rebels as they trotted cheerfully along the hard shoulder of the Hanshin Expressway on Thursday after the truck carrying them collided with another vehicle.

I t was a case of little piggies not going to the market - at least on schedule - as 19 of the 37 creatures on board executed a daring breakout, according to local media.

A website I always recommend is http://www.guinealynx.info/healthycavy.html It s the best site for up-to-date, accurate guinea pig care information. I also encourage you to sign up to this forum - http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/forum.php The forum is dedicated to guinea pigs so you can be sure you are getting good information there. To be honest with you, Yahoo Answers is not the best place to be asking questions if you want reliable answers! I ll answer your Q s but I really recommend you sign up to the forum. :) 1) A fair bit. They make many different noises to communicate to each other and will run around their cage and dig in their hay. I would advise you not to keep them in your bedroom as they may wake you up if you are a light sleeper. 2) Fairly easily. They are prey animals so it s in their nature to be alert all the time which can make them skittish. They have very good hearing and sense of smell, but poor eyesight so sudden noises and humans standing over them can be frightening. It can take 6 months to a year to fully tame them but your patience will pay off and you end up with very friendly rewarding pets! 3) Everyday the cage needs to be spot cleaned where you remove as many poops as you can. Guinea pigs eat loads, and therefore poop loads so daily spot cleaning is recommended to keep on top of it and prevent bad smells and bacteria building up. Once a week you can take out old bedding, disinfect the cage and put fresh bedding in. 4) The minimum cage size recommendations is 7.5 square feet but bigger is better! The cage needs to be big to give the guineas exercise and mental stimulation. Cages sold in pet stores are all too small so your best bet is to make your own. The most popular cage in the guinea pig world is the C&C cage. Visit http://www.guineapigcages.com/ to find out everything about them. 5) They can tolerate cold temperatures better than hot temps because they don t sweat or pant so have difficulty cooling down in hot weather, but they still don t like to be cold. The ideal temp range is 65 - 75 F. Here are some guidelines about cage location - htp://www.guineapigcages.com/location.htm 6) Large water bottle that attaches onto the side of the cage. 2 ceramic food dishes. Guinea pigs are HUGE fans of soft materials so provide somewhere cosy for them to snuggle up and sleep; I like to use cat or dog beds. Tunnels - material or cardboard. AVOID exercise wheels and balls, mineral and salt licks, and treats that contain honey, yoghurt, egg, seeds or nuts. 7) Absolutely! They are one of the most friendly and cuddly animals to own. Many guineas enjoy sitting on your lap and being stroked while you are watching tv or reading a book and some will even get so relaxed that they will fall asleep on you! Aim to hold the guinea pigs for 20 minutes or more each day. 8) Guinea pigs are best described as vegans because they eat no meat, fish or dairy products at all. They are herbivores and their diet is 80% hay, 10% fresh vegetables, grass and herbs, and 10% guinea pig pellets. Not all veggies and herbs are safe for guineas so always check first! Find out more about diet here - http://www.guinealynx.info/diet.html 9) Best bedding: fleece blankets. It may seem an odd choice but they fleece has no dust, is soft on the feet, easy to walk on, easy to clean, cheap and re-usable. Fleece blankets come in many different colours and patterns, and I enjoy changing designs and having themes in my cages. Avoid woodshavings as these have high levels of dust and can be sharp which will make guinea pig s feet sore. 10) They are very prone to URI s (Upper Respiratory Infections) which is basically the guinea pig version of a human cold, except that URI s can be fatal if not treated as soon as the symptoms are noticed. They can also get a range of other things so have a read through the medical pages on Guinea Lynx to learn more - http://www.guinealynx.info/medical.html 11) A basic check-up will be around £25. Add on £10 for any medication. An operation can be £75 - £200. Vet bills can reach £1000 if a complicated / rare illness has to be treated or the guinea pig needs multiple operations to treat the problem. I advise putting at least £100 away as an emergency vet fund and adding a little money to it each month. 12) Usually yes. It will often be in the corners of the cage or under anything covered, like a hidey hut. You could have a go at pottytraining your guinea pigs. While we re on the subject, don t be alarmed if you see the guineas eating their own poop. It s called coprophagy and it s completely normal; they do it to recycle the poop and absorb any nutrients they missed the first time round. I hope all this is helpful to you! :)