Guinea pigs are herd animals and are happier with other guinea pigs for companionship. Patrice is an exception – she doesn’t play well with other guinea pigs and it was a condition of her adoption that we house her by herself. It is important to handle your guinea pigs every day and spend lots of time with them. Guinea pigs need a safe, peaceful environment – they are a prey animal, so loud noises are very scary! While guinea pigs are great pets for children, young children need to be supervised when handling and caring for guinea pigs. If you are gentle with your guinea pigs, they will reward you by purring like kittens!