Followers of my Goodreads account will recently have noticed a flurry of activity: I read six books about guinea pigs over a period of two or three days.
The reason for this is that I'm staying in a house that has recently come into possession of a guinea pig and I became curious. What kind of an animal was this? Where did it come from? How smart was it? What were the key points to bear in mind when looking after a guinea pig as a pet?
What follows are some notes on the various books I picked up. I am unaware of a synoptic guides or bibliographies of guinea pig care practices. I looked for them online a few days back, but nothing stood out. I've ordered the books here by how complete I found them.
- Sharon Lynn Vanderlip - "The Guinea Pig Handbook"
Probably the best handbook for guinea pig care (formatted for Kindle) available on the market. I can't speak to books that are only available in paperback. In any case, this is an extensive guide to food, behaviours, and even a history of the various breeds. Highly recommended as a one-stop shop for anyone who has just brought a guinea-pig into their lives.
- Gerry Bucsis & Barbara Somerville - "Training Your Guinea Pig"
A strong overview of how to train guinea pigs. First half of the book is a pretty extensive how-to / first-time owner information, so it's nice to have that all in one place.
- Holly Lloyd - "Guinea Pig Care Secrets: Kids Guide to a Happy Guinea Pig"
Useful tips, despite the length. Sensible advice for a first-timer. Written for children to be able to read as well as adults.
- Kate H. Pellham - "Guinea Pigs: The Essential Guide To Ownership, Care, & Training For Your Pet"
Quick but to the point.
- Sarah Yee - "Guinea Pigs Owner Handbook: The Complete Beginner's Guide to Guinea Pig Care and Facts"
Useful. Didn't blow my mind. Very basic and short.
- Julie Rach Mancini - "Guinea Pigs"
Short. Simple. Basic overview. No depth to it. Suitable for children, perhaps.