If we had a pound for every time we heard the phrase “How are your hamsters?” or “Look Isabelle, it’s a hamster circus!” we’d be very rich indeed! It’s frankly astounding how many people confuse the two. Yes, they are both small furries with two eyes and a nose, but you wouldn’t call a dog a cat, so why do people do it?!
Admittedly, a baby guinea pig does look fairly similar to a hamster (when you squint your eyes while chopping onions) but surely there are a few telltale signs that give us a clue… That said, both species use their legs differently; piggies tend to stay on all fours while hamsters are more likely to sit up on their back feet and use their front paws to hold food or climb.
Guinea pigs give birth to pups that are born with hair, a full set of teeth, eyes wide open and the ability to run around. While you may catch your guinea pig scaling over a low-sided play pen or ascending a staircase, they are not good climbers (in the truest sense of the word). While our hamster friends will happily run all day in a wheel, a guinea pigs spine is simply not built for it and trying to use one will cause them pain or even permanent damage to their back.
Again, it requires backward arching of the spine, something rats, mice and hamsters have no problem with, but guinea pigs are simply not physically built for.
Can you put a hamster with a guinea pig?
Guinea pigs and hamsters. General rule: Under no circumstances should you keep a guinea pig and a hamster together, even temporarily. … Hamsters are nocturnal animals, guinea pigs are not. So they would keep each other awake day and night.
Is hamster and guinea pig the same?
Both guinea pigs and hamsters belong to the order of Rodentia – so they are both rodents. But they don’t share the same family ; guinea pigs are members of the Caviidae (or Cavi) family while hamsters are members of the Cricetidae family. 5. They have very similar teeth.
So, you are thinking about getting a pocket pet, and cant decide between a guinea pig or hamster. We get it. They are both as cute as heck and to the untrained eye, probably very similar. But dont be fooled. While hamsters and guinea pigs are classified as rodents, its like saying a watermelon and an apple are the same because they are both fruits.
Depending on the breed, guinea pigs can be two to four times bigger than hamsters, and weigh anywhere between 1.5 to 2.6 pounds. Guinea pigs, on the other hand, need lots of space where they can play and forage, and while they do well living inside, they are much better suited to an outdoor hutch with a run.
While it is never easy losing a furry companion, irrespective of how long they have lived, some animals are around longer than others. Guinea pigs are chatter bugs and tend to make a lot of different sounds . Hamsters, although not as noisy, make their presence known in the wee hours of the morning scurrying around their cage or doing a spinning session in their wheel.
Guinea pigs might be small, and hamsters even smaller, but both still require a fair amount of care and attention. More importantly, though, is making sure you answer them honestly, so the pet you finally decide on is the best fit for you, your home and your lifestyle. We mentioned this earlier, and although it is on the more morbid side of things, hamsters have a shorter life expectancy compared to guinea pigs.
Yes, this is a bit of a strange question to ask, but your lifestyle, and whether you are a day or night person is definitely a deciding factor. Waking them up to play during the day will more than likely result in a very grumpy hamster and a painful bite on your finger. At the end of the day, which one you choose will depend on your home environment, your personal preference as well as the time and money you have available.