Rabbits and Guinea Pigs both make for excellent pets, so it can often be a tough choice between the two. There are a few key differences between the two, but both animals are herbivores, need the company of the same species, and a good safe hutch to live in.
Like with any other pets, both rabbits and guinea pigs will need daily care and attention. Keep in mind that if you are getting a rabbit or guinea pig for your child, it will most likely be you who will end up doing all of the looking after. Both of these animals will be fully reliant on you and your household to provide them with everything that they need.
Rabbits or Guinea pigs, that is the question!
The biggest difference is that of size, rabbits will need a larger run than guinea pigs. We stock hutches for both of these pets on our website, alongside extensions to make their home a little more interesting. Not only do these structures have a safe and warm compartment for your fluffy friends to curl up in at night, they also have a well-sized and safe run so that your animals can stretch their legs.
The second biggest difference between the two is food. Both species will need to be fed a mixture of fresh and dry food in order to be happy and healthy. You can find specialised mices in most pet stores. Bear in mind that rabbits will need a little bit more food than guinea pigs.
Another variable you have to take into account is, who is going to be handling them. Guinea pigs are more fragile than rabbits, and younger children could accidentally harm them. If you are letting your children handle your rabbits or guinea pigs, make sure they are supervised at all times.
The final difference is the lifespan. Rabbits live a little bit longer than guinea pigs. The average lifespan of a guinea pig is usually between 5-7 years, whereas rabbits tend to live for around 8-12 years.
Hat, 6 December 2019
Unfortunately, this is quite inaccurate information. Rabbits generally dislike being picked up and are really not suitable pets for young children. Both species need the company of their own kind (neutered pairs) and rabbits especially need a lot of space.