How to Properly Handle a Guinea Pig

Guinea pigs are undeniably one of the cutest pocket pets. These little furballs are generally very tame and friendly, and many enjoy receiving attention from their humans. Because they are so delicate, it’s very easy to accidentally hurt Guinea pigs by handling them incorrectly. Let’s say you have adopted an adorable little cavie, and named him Fred. You’ll want to be extremely careful when handling little Fred, so you don’t hurt him. Below, your veterinarian Milford goes over how to properly handle a Guinea pig.

Picking Up Your Pet

Give Fred time to adjust to you and your home before attempting to pick him up. Always approach your Guinea pig from the front. You might spook your little buddy if you pick him up from behind unexpectedly. Put one hand on your pet’s chest, behind his front legs, and place your other hand on his rear end. When you pick your furball up, be careful not to squeeze. Fred’s internal organs are very fragile, so it is very easy to accidentally hurt him. When holding him, support him so that his weight is on his back and rear end. Never hold him by the stomach!


Every Guinea pig is a bit different, and some are friendlier than others. If your little pet wiggles and fights being picked up, only pick him up while you are sitting down. That way, if he falls or jumps, it’s a short drop. Young children need to be supervised closely when handling their pets, and hildren younger than four should not be allowed to hold Guinea pigs. Never allow a child to walk around holding a cavie. It’s far too easy for a child to unintentionally jostle their buddy and injure him.

Putting Your Guinea Pig Down

When putting your cavie back down, always hold on until those little feet are on the ground, and let go gently. Remember to give Fred a treat after each good session!

Petting and Handling

Some Guinea pigs absolutely love being stroked and petted, while others may need to get used to being touched. Always stroke your pet in the direction of his fur. Talk to the little guy softly and often, and tell him what a good pet he is. This will keep Fred tame and happy!

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