Organic farmer's guinea pigs in Carchi province, Ecuador. (Photo by: Philippe Lissac/Godong/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Guinea pigs make good pets because males only grow up to two and a half pounds. You don not need a lot of room for these adorable rodents.  They are super easy to take care of because unlike a dog, you do not have to walk him on a rainy or snowy day. Guinea pigs form bonds with their humans, very much like cats or dogs. They’re able to recognize certain people according to scent, sound, and sight cues. With that in mind, during the pandemic many people got a couple of guinea pigs to keep them company while they are working from home.

MarketWatch says New York City is considering banning the sale of guinea pigs because they are currently overwhelming shelters. Many New Yorkers, who bought guinea pigs as pandemic pets, no longer want them. The only way to tell the sex of a guinea pig is with a sonogram. Many people unknowingly often pair a male and female before they mate and more pigs arrive. Animal shelters in California and Georgia are also seeing more guinea pigs surrendered as of late.

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