• Guinea pigs are also called cavies
  • Rabbits are in heat every 3 days and only take 32 days to have their babies (called kits).
  • Rabbits and guinea pigs can be spayed & neutered
  • Guinea pigs cannot produce their own vitamin C and must be supplemented and also be fed a good quality pellet specifically for guinea pigs. They also love citrus!
  • Rabbits are not rodents, they are lagamorphs and have a second set of incisors behind their 2 large upper teeth.
  • Rabbits should be fed a good quality rabbit pellet in limited amounts and hay (preferably grass) daily as a source of fiber to help them from getting hair balls.
  • Guinea pigs must have their 1st litter by 9 -12 months of age or else their pelvis will fuse and they will not be able to have the babies without a c-section.
  • Guinea pig babies are born with their eyes eyes open and fully furred.
  • Rabbits are intolerant of temps above 90 degrees and guinea pigs don’t do well in the cold.
  • No vaccines are necessary for rabbits and guinea pigs.
  • Rabbits can be easily litter box trained.
  • Guinea pigs should never be given any antibiotics related to penicillin.
  • There are 47 breeds of domestic rabbits and 13 breeds of guinea pigs.
  • If rabbits teeth don’t align properly they may need regular tooth trimmings.

By Dr. Kristin Bell