Guinea pigs have the sense of smell in between human and dog. They could smell better than human but not as good as dog. It’s their nature life to smell every single thing they counter in order to determine if all of those things are categorized as safe or dangerous. That’s why owners always find their guinea pigs sniffing everyday. It is also the very reason why pine shred bedding is not recommended because pine’s scent would lead to respiratory problem which is the caused of sniffing. Another additional tip for the owners is to use no perfumes or artificial scent when they are with their guinea pigs so their guinea pigs could recognize their original owner’s scent.
In sense of taste, guinea pigs have surprisingly some tastes in food. They could taste until 17.000, meanwhile human could only reach 9.000. That’s why it is important for owners to find out their guinea pigs’ favorite foods by experimenting with all kinds of vegetables. Each and one of the guinea pig would have different liking, some would like to eat tomatoes, the other would not even take one bite. This method could also be used to find out which vegetables owners could use as treats.
Do you know why guinea pigs have whiskers like cat? Those whiskers are their sensor of touch when they couldn’t see with their eyes. Those whiskers work as their second eyes through darkness. So we should not cut them or trim them. Guinea pigs as we know are sensitive animals, that’s also including their skin. That’s why they would not like to be petted at first. They would look more like frightened rather than enjoying it. But if we could find their favorite spots where they love to be petted, they would feel so comfortable and would purr on your laps.
Despite of being adept swimmers, they don’t really like to get wet. That’s also the reason why they would struggle when we want to bath them. We must never let them in water which is deeper than their height, in some cases, they might be drown. It is also not wise to leave them in the water even though the shallow one unattended. When we wish to bath them, it would be better to have another person to help you instead of doing everything by yourself and leave your guinea pigs unattended.
For the first week or even month, it would not be easy for all of us to handle them and get positive reaction from them. In their perspectives, we are much bigger and look really like predators. That’s why it is already stress enough for your guinea pigs to slowly know you, let’s not push too hard for the first week or month. Let them adapt themselves to their new environment and to you.