Did you know that a pet can considerably reduce the amount of stress in your life? Ensure all animals have some form of identification. It’s also unethical to keep an animal that is a danger to other people or animals. Note: As a rule, animals 100 lbs. or larger (including the weight of the cage) will be charged as cargo even if they travel on the same plane as you. It is important to check with the airline if your pet is close to that weight and to determine if its policy may vary from this general 100 lb. rule.
Guinea pigs can make good companions for adults and children. They are fun to watch and have a varied vocabulary. Once you get to know them it is possible to tell when they are happy, sad, excited or angry. They are not happy just to be left in a hutch at the bottom of the garden but need shelter from all extremes of weather and a run where they can graze freely, safe from predators. It’s vital that they are with another of their own kind. Gentle by nature, guinea pigs can be a good firsttime companion for a child (as long as there is considerable parental interest).
Unowned animals in society suffer from very poor health, including injury, disease and starvation. They can also cause nuisance in the community, and cats can prey on native wildlife. Or some people might say, “Look, pets are people so we can’t spay or neuter them if it’s against their will. And we can’t buy or sell them.” As farfetched as some of this stuff may sound, we’re on this dramatic trajectory, and it’s really unclear where we’re going. There are a lot of unintended consequences to treating pets as people.
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