I have had guinea pigs for over 12 years now I think they make the best small animal pets and I love mine. The only problem is there short life span. 3 to 6 years if they are lucky. There are superstitions that guinea pigs can take the sickness from a human they love and make the human well again. I love my baby asylynn and she told me to tell you hello. And guinea pig kisses to you!