There are often comparisons made between rabbits and guinea pigs. In fact, when considering a pet, when people consider rabbits or guinea pigs, they typically consider the other as well, because they believe that the two are so similar. You may wonder what guinea pigs and rabbits have in common. The answer is that they are both members of the rodent family. That is where the similarities end, for the most part. Let's take a look at the difference between rabbits and guinea pigs.Guinea pigs live an average of eight years, while rabbits tend to live from eight to twelve years. While this is a big difference, another thing that rabbits and guinea pigs have in common is their nutritional needs. Both animals require fresh vegetables and hay. Past that, however, their nutritional needs are different.
When it comes to housing, again, there are similarities and differences. First, the rabbit's cage typically needs to be larger than a pen for a guinea pig. Neither animal wants nor needs a wire floor in their pens and both do not do well with cedar or pine bedding.
Rabbits socialize with human beings, once they are used to them, as do guinea pigs. Many guinea pig owners believe that guinea pigs are more loveable than rabbits. However, in a situation with their peers, rabbits become loners, while guinea pigs actually depend on each other. Also, guinea pigs apparently do have a specific language, while it is not apparent that rabbits do. It is hard to tell what is going on with a rabbit based on its behavior, but very easy to determine what is going on with a guinea pig by watching his behavior.
Veterinarian care is another issue. Research has found that it is easier to find the services of a veterinarian who is knowledgeable concerning the care of rabbits than it is to find one who completely understands guinea pigs. What this means is that in most cases, a rabbit will get better veterinarian care than a guinea pig will. You may have to do a little research to find appropriate care for your guinea pig.
Breeding matters put rabbits and guinea pigs in the same category. Both reproduce quickly, and both become pregnant with the ultimate ease. Being able to distinguish between the sexes is just as difficult among rabbits and guinea pigs as well.
So, if you are trying to decide whether you will get a rabbit or whether you will get a guinea pig, you now know that while there are many similarities, there are also many differences. By knowing these differences, you will most likely be able to pick the right pet for your family, but if there are still questions in your mind, spend a little time with a pet rabbit, and a little time with a pet guinea pig, and see which one suits you the best.