Which Would be a Better Pet for Me?

As I mentioned in the previous post, Guinea Pigs are one of the pets I’ve long been interested in adding to the family. Also on that list: bunny. I’m going to provide a little info about our home environment and then hopefully some of you experienced owners will weigh in and advise if one seems more fitting than the other or if neither/both are suited.

Either a Guinea Pig or a bunny would be a house pet and segregated from the dogs by necessity since we have retrievers, a hound and a grumpy Chihuahua mix. I would hate to think of a pet being terrified by barking dogs so hopefully they would adjust to that. I’m not looking for a pet who wants to be constantly held and from what I’ve read, I think either would be a good match in that regard. On the other hand, I don’t think I’d enjoy any pet that wouldn’t tolerate at least a daily hug and kiss. I’m very cool with pets who like to “hang” – maybe sit on the couch next to me or what have you – but not so much the lap type. Subtle affection is the name of the game.

I have read that spay/neuter is recommended for both Guinea Pigs and bunnies but I don’t know if it’s truly necessary, especially if I have only one. And on that topic, I wonder if a lone GP or rabbit would be happy without companionship of its own kind.

OK that’s all I can think of at the moment. Please chime in if you have any advice.

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