When considering a guinea pig for a pet, one of the most important things you want to know beforehand is “Do guinea pigs bite?”, especially if you have small children who will be interacting with him or her. Here we’ll talk about biting behavior in guinea pigs.
Do Guinea Pigs Bite?
Of course, guinea pigs can bite. However, guinea pigs are gentle creatures, and biting is not a behavior you have to worry about when considering a guinea pig as a pet. Most guinea pigs will not bite unless they have a good reason to do so.
That being said, there are some guinea pigs who will bite. The majority of biting behavior can be considered “nipping”, where they don’t bite very hard and don’t break the skin. Then there are those guinea pigs who really, for one reason or another, bite hard. They can break the skin and even take a chunk out of your flesh.
Biting is a form of communication, believe it or not, so if you have a biter, you need to figure out what the guinea pig is trying to say to you.
If you are trying to cut down on the biting, a possible solution is to buy your guinea pig a chew toy. Guinea pigs need something that will help them wear their teeth down naturally. Believe it or not, a guinea pig’s teeth will keep growing throughout their life, kind of like a finger nail. In order to stave off growth to the point of unmanageable length, guinea pigs (in the wild) will chew on coarse rough materials. You should try and replicate this within your own guinea pig’s habitat. This might help reduce the bites that your guinea pig inflicts on your unsuspecting hands.
Check out my article on guinea pig toys to find the best option to reduce and wear your guinea pigs teeth down.