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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the average guinea pig Life Expectancy?

    • A.

      1 - 2 years

    • B.

      2 - 17 years

    • C.

      4 - 8 years

    • D.

      10 - 15 years

    • E.

      47 - 132 years

    Correct Answer
    C. 4 - 8 years
    Explanation
    The average guinea pig life expectancy is typically between 4 and 8 years. This means that on average, guinea pigs live for around 4 to 8 years. It is important to note that individual guinea pigs may live longer or shorter lives depending on various factors such as genetics, diet, and overall care. However, the given answer range provides a general estimate of the typical lifespan for a guinea pig.

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  • 2. 

    Guinea pigs hide their signs of illness because they are prey animals.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs hide their signs of illness because they are prey animals. This is true because in the wild, showing weakness or illness can make them vulnerable to predators. Therefore, they have evolved to hide their symptoms as a survival instinct. This behavior can make it difficult for owners to detect illness in their guinea pigs, making regular check-ups and monitoring important for their well-being.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following must be available 24/7 to your guinea pig:

    • A.

      Fresh Water

    • B.

      Fruits

    • C.

      Grass Hay

    • D.

      Milk

    • E.

      Beer

    • F.

      Smartphone

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Fresh Water
    C. Grass Hay
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs require fresh water and grass hay available 24/7 for their well-being. Fresh water is essential for their hydration, while grass hay provides necessary fiber for their digestive system. Fruits can be given as occasional treats, but they should not be the main source of their diet. Milk and beer are not suitable for guinea pigs as they can cause digestive issues. A smartphone is not necessary for a guinea pig's care.

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  • 4. 

    Rabbit pellets are suitable long-term replacement in cases when guinea pig pellets are not available.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Rabbit pellets are not a suitable long-term replacement for guinea pig pellets. While they may be used as a temporary substitute in cases of unavailability, rabbit pellets do not provide the necessary nutritional requirements for guinea pigs. Guinea pig pellets are specifically formulated to meet their dietary needs, including vitamin C, which is essential for their health. Therefore, it is important to provide guinea pigs with the appropriate pellets to ensure their well-being.

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  • 5. 

    Cedar is a good, economical choice for a bedding material.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Cedar is not a good, economical choice for a bedding material.

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  • 6. 

    When cleaning the guinea pig cage, It is okay from time to time to pour vinegar or citric acid on the guinea pig cage floor, in order to remove calcium deposits.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Vinegar and citric acid are both acidic substances that can effectively dissolve calcium deposits. Therefore, it is safe to use them occasionally to clean the guinea pig cage floor and remove any calcium deposits that may have accumulated.

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  • 7. 

    I should be really concerned if the heart rate of my guinea pig is about 300 beats per minute!

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A heart rate of 300 beats per minute in a guinea pig would be extremely high and abnormal. Guinea pigs typically have a resting heart rate of around 240-310 beats per minute, so a heart rate of 300 would not be a cause for concern. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 8. 

    My guinea pig has an excellent sense of depths/heights, so it is safe to put him/her on the elevated surfaces without surveillance.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that it is safe to put the guinea pig on elevated surfaces without surveillance because it has an excellent sense of depths/heights. However, this is not true. Even though guinea pigs may have some sense of heights, it is still risky to leave them unsupervised on elevated surfaces. They can easily fall and injure themselves, so it is important to always provide a safe and secure environment for them.

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  • 9. 

    Possible causes of excess water consumption in guinea pigs could be:

    • A.

      Diabetes

    • B.

      Hunger

    • C.

      Pain

    • D.

      Kidney Failure

    • E.

      Boredom

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Diabetes
    B. Hunger
    C. Pain
    D. Kidney Failure
    Explanation
    Excess water consumption in guinea pigs can be caused by various factors such as diabetes, hunger, pain, and kidney failure. Diabetes can lead to increased thirst and water intake as a result of high blood sugar levels. Hunger can also cause excessive drinking as the guinea pig may be trying to compensate for a lack of food. Pain or discomfort can stimulate the guinea pig to drink more water. Kidney failure can impair the guinea pig's ability to concentrate urine, leading to increased water consumption. Overall, these factors contribute to excessive water consumption in guinea pigs.

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  • 10. 

    Guinea pigs eat their own droppings. It is normal.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs eat their own droppings as a normal behavior. This is known as coprophagy and is a common practice among many small herbivorous animals. They do this to re-ingest certain nutrients, such as vitamin B, that are produced by bacteria in their gut. By consuming their droppings, guinea pigs can extract these nutrients and ensure their proper absorption. Therefore, the statement that guinea pigs eat their own droppings and it is normal is true.

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  • 11. 

    How do you pick up your guinea pig?

    • A.

      Place both hands to support guinea pigs abdomen.

    • B.

      Place one hand under the guinea pigs chest (just behind the front feet) and use your other hand to support its hindquarters.

    • C.

      Grab it by the hinder legs and yank it out quickly before it escapes.

    • D.

      Give it a lot of food until it tires and falls asleep. Then grab it by the both hands and pick it up.

    Correct Answer
    B. Place one hand under the guinea pigs chest (just behind the front feet) and use your other hand to support its hindquarters.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to place one hand under the guinea pig's chest (just behind the front feet) and use the other hand to support its hindquarters. This method ensures proper support for the guinea pig's body, preventing any potential injury or discomfort. It allows for a secure grip while minimizing stress on the animal.

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  • 12. 

    Even after years of time spent together, my guinea pig is still running away from me when I try to pick it up. This means:

    • A.

      That I am a bad caretaker :(

    • B.

      That as a prey animal, this is completely normal behavior for a guinea pig.

    • C.

      That my guinea pig simply doesn't like me and my career choice :(

    Correct Answer
    B. That as a prey animal, this is completely normal behavior for a guinea pig.
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs are prey animals, and their instinct is to run away from potential threats. Even with years of time spent together, the guinea pig's behavior of running away when being picked up is a normal response. It is not an indication of being a bad caretaker or the guinea pig disliking the owner. This behavior is rooted in their natural instincts for self-preservation.

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  • 13. 

    When I stroke my guinea pig's head and it tosses head up in the air, it means it likes what I am doing and wishes me to keep it up.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    When a guinea pig tosses its head up in the air after being stroked on the head, it does not necessarily mean that it likes what is being done and wishes for it to continue. This behavior could indicate that the guinea pig is feeling startled or uncomfortable with the stroking. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 14. 

    Where are guinea pigs from?

    • A.

      From Guinea, where else?

    • B.

      From Africa.

    • C.

      From South America.

    • D.

      From North America.

    • E.

      From Australia, it is obvious.

    • F.

      From The Twelve Colonies of Kobol.

    • G.

      From Croatia.

    • H.

      From a pet store.

    Correct Answer
    C. From South America.
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs are originally from South America. They are domesticated rodents that were first domesticated by the indigenous people of the Andes region in South America. They were later brought to Europe by Spanish explorers and became popular as pets. Guinea pigs are not from Guinea, Africa, North America, Australia, The Twelve Colonies of Kobol, Croatia, or a pet store.

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  • 15. 

    Guinea pigs are also called the _____.

    Correct Answer
    cavy, cavies
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs are commonly referred to as "cavy" or "cavies". These terms are used interchangeably to describe these small domesticated rodents. The word "cavy" is derived from the scientific name for guinea pigs, Cavia porcellus. It is a commonly used term among breeders and enthusiasts. "Cavies" is the plural form of "cavy" and is used when referring to multiple guinea pigs. Both terms are widely recognized and used to describe these popular pets.

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  • 16. 

    Guinea pig is a species of:

    • A.

      Reptiles.

    • B.

      Birds.

    • C.

      Arachnids.

    • D.

      Rodents.

    • E.

      Muppets.

    Correct Answer
    D. Rodents.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is rodents. Guinea pigs are small, domesticated rodents that are commonly kept as pets. They belong to the family Caviidae, which also includes other rodent species such as capybaras and porcupines. Guinea pigs are known for their social nature and are often kept in pairs or groups. They have a unique diet that consists mainly of hay, fresh vegetables, and pellets. Guinea pigs are not reptiles, birds, arachnids, or muppets.

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  • 17. 

    Guinea pig as a pet is:

    • A.

      Relatively not demanding, responsive, peaceful in nature.

    • B.

      Very demanding, expensive, asking for constant attention and jealous.

    • C.

      Loud, aggressive, sneaky and bloodthirsty.

    • D.

      Trapped in five dimensions of space.

    Correct Answer
    A. Relatively not demanding, responsive, peaceful in nature.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "relatively not demanding, responsive, peaceful in nature." This answer suggests that guinea pigs as pets do not require a lot of attention or care, are responsive to their owners, and have a peaceful and calm nature.

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  • 18. 

    Hamster wheel is a great way for your guinea pig to exercise and to stay healthy.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement states that a hamster wheel is a great way for a guinea pig to exercise and stay healthy. However, this statement is incorrect because guinea pigs are not suited for hamster wheels. Guinea pigs have different body structures and requirements for exercise compared to hamsters. They need larger spaces to run and explore, and providing them with tunnels, toys, and obstacles is a better way to promote their exercise and overall health.

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  • 19. 

    When feeding apple to the guinea pig, we must remove apple seeds because they contain:

    • A.

      Adamantium

    • B.

      Cyanide

    • C.

      Calcium

    • D.

      Radioactive isotopes

    • E.

      Mercury

    Correct Answer
    B. Cyanide
    Explanation
    Apple seeds contain cyanide, a toxic substance that can be harmful to guinea pigs if ingested. Cyanide can interfere with the body's ability to use oxygen properly, leading to serious health issues or even death. Therefore, it is important to remove apple seeds before feeding them to guinea pigs to ensure their safety and well-being.

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  • 20. 

    Guinea pig's teeth are continuously growing throughout life.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs, like many rodents, have teeth that continuously grow throughout their lives. This is because their teeth are constantly worn down due to their diet, which consists mainly of fibrous vegetation. The continuous growth allows them to maintain a proper length and shape of their teeth, preventing any dental issues that could arise from overgrowth. Therefore, the statement "Guinea pig's teeth are continuously growing throughout life" is true.

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  • 21. 

    Are you regularly trimming your guinea pig's nails?

    • A.

      Trimming? Nails?

    • B.

      Yup, indeed I do.

    • C.

      No, this is not recommended because it could cause bloat.

    Correct Answer
    B. Yup, indeed I do.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Yup, indeed I do." This answer indicates that the person is regularly trimming their guinea pig's nails.

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  • 22. 

    You are walking through the garden, minding your own business, when you suddenly find this plant on the way: You immediately think of your pet: this could be a great way to provide necessary variety in its diet. You take it and give it to your guinea pig.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The explanation for the given answer, False, is that it is not safe to assume that a randomly found plant in a garden is suitable for a guinea pig's diet. Many plants can be toxic to guinea pigs and cause harm or even death. It is important to research and ensure that any food given to a guinea pig is safe and appropriate for their dietary needs.

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  • 23. 

    I think my guinea pig never sleeps. Something is wrong!

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False. Guinea pigs do sleep, but their sleep patterns are different from humans. They have short periods of sleep throughout the day and night, rather than one long stretch of sleep. It is normal for them to be active and awake for several hours at a time, especially during the day. However, if a guinea pig is consistently not sleeping or showing signs of distress, it may indicate a health issue that should be checked by a veterinarian.

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  • 24. 

    How many teeth do guinea pigs have?

    • A.

      8

    • B.

      4

    • C.

      20

    • D.

      37

    Correct Answer
    C. 20
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs have 20 teeth. This is the correct answer because guinea pigs typically have 20 teeth in total, including four large front teeth called incisors and sixteen smaller teeth in the back called premolars and molars. These teeth are important for their diet, which mainly consists of hay and grass. Guinea pigs have continuously growing teeth, so it is essential for them to have the correct number of teeth to maintain their dental health.

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  • 25. 

    These are from:

    • A.

      Guinea Pig's foreleg

    • B.

      Guinea Pig's eyes

    • C.

      Guinea Pig's hind leg

    • D.

      Squid's brain

    • E.

      Starship Prometheus

    Correct Answer
    C. Guinea Pig's hind leg
    Explanation
    The given answer suggests that the correct answer is "Guinea Pig's hind leg". However, without any context or specific question, it is difficult to provide an explanation for why this is the correct answer. It is possible that the question asked for a body part of a guinea pig, and out of the given options, the hind leg is the correct answer. However, without more information, it is not possible to provide a detailed explanation.

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  • 26. 

    Guinea pigs enjoy hot summer days and sunlight.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs do not enjoy hot summer days and sunlight. They are sensitive to high temperatures and can easily overheat, which can be dangerous for their health. It is important to provide them with a cool and shaded environment during hot weather to prevent heatstroke.

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  • 27. 

    If in direct contact with warm water, guinea pigs tend to multiply themselves into evil guinea pig clones.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement given in the question is not based on any factual information or scientific evidence. Guinea pigs do not have the ability to multiply themselves or clone themselves, whether in contact with warm water or otherwise. This statement is most likely a fictional or humorous statement, and therefore the correct answer is False.

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  • 28. 

    Cavies like smaller cages because they provide them feelings of security.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Smaller cages do not provide cavies with feelings of security. In fact, cavies prefer larger cages that offer them more space to move around and explore. Larger cages also allow for the inclusion of hiding spots and toys, which can provide cavies with a sense of security. Therefore, the statement that cavies like smaller cages because they provide feelings of security is incorrect.

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  • 29. 

    Guinea pigs are excellent swimmers.

    • A.

      Yep, they really can swim.

    • B.

      Swimmers, right. I've also heard they can hover when meditating.

    Correct Answer
    A. Yep, they really can swim.
    Explanation
    The given statement confirms that guinea pigs are indeed capable of swimming. This suggests that they have the physical ability to move through water using their limbs, which is a characteristic of swimming. Therefore, it can be concluded that guinea pigs are excellent swimmers.

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  • 30. 

    Pellets are excellent substitution for hay. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement claims that pellets are an excellent substitution for hay. However, this statement is not necessarily true. While pellets can be a good alternative for some animals, such as rabbits or guinea pigs, they may not be suitable or sufficient for all animals that typically eat hay, such as horses or cows. Therefore, it is incorrect to say that pellets are universally an excellent substitution for hay.

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  • 31. 

    Choose the adequate substitute for hay:

    • A.

      Water.

    • B.

      Pellets.

    • C.

      Vitamin C.

    • D.

      Cheeseburger.

    • E.

      Adamantium.

    • F.

      None of the mentioned.

    Correct Answer
    F. None of the mentioned.
    Explanation
    The given options (Water, Pellets, Vitamin C, Cheeseburger, Adamantium) are not suitable substitutes for hay. Hay is a type of dried grass or legumes that is commonly used as feed for livestock, particularly horses and cattle. None of the mentioned options can fulfill the nutritional requirements and dietary needs of animals in the same way that hay does. Therefore, the correct answer is "None of the mentioned."

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  • 32. 

    If working everyday with extreme determination and patience, you can learn your guinea pig to talk human words. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It is not possible to teach a guinea pig to talk human words, regardless of how determined and patient you are. Guinea pigs do not have the physical ability to produce human speech sounds and do not possess the cognitive abilities required for language acquisition. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 33. 

    Leash is a great tool for taking your cavy for a walk.

    • A.

      So true!

    • B.

      So very wrong!

    Correct Answer
    B. So very wrong!
    Explanation
    This statement suggests that using a leash for taking your cavy for a walk is not a good idea. It implies that using a leash may not be suitable or beneficial for a cavy, possibly due to their small size or specific needs. Therefore, the correct answer is "So very wrong!" as it opposes the idea of using a leash for walking a cavy.

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  • 34. 

    Guinea pigs in general like to be fed and left alone. They are very independent animals. 

    • A.

      Yep, I just throw the food in the cage and run away before it gets agitated.

    • B.

      Nope, I think it wants to hang out with me.

    Correct Answer
    B. Nope, I think it wants to hang out with me.
    Explanation
    Guinea pigs are social animals and enjoy companionship. The statement "Nope, I think it wants to hang out with me" suggests that the person believes the guinea pig wants to spend time with them, indicating an understanding of the social nature of guinea pigs.

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  • 35. 

    Because they are firm sleepers, it is considered good practice to inject some coffee into guinea pig's water supply in the morning. 

    • A.

      Indeed, then my cavy and I have additional caffeine bonding time.

    • B.

      Erm, no.

    Correct Answer
    B. Erm, no.
    Explanation
    The given answer, "Erm, no," is the correct response because injecting coffee into a guinea pig's water supply is not considered good practice. Guinea pigs are not meant to consume caffeine, as it can have harmful effects on their health. Therefore, it is not recommended to bond with a guinea pig over caffeine intake.

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  • 36. 

    Click on this guinea pig sound. Your guinea pig is probably trying to tell you that: 

    • A.

      It is scared.

    • B.

      It is irritated and angry.

    • C.

      It is excited in general.

    • D.

      It is in pain.

    • E.

      It has solved your differential equations problems and demands a new one.

    Correct Answer
    C. It is excited in general.
    Explanation
    The given correct answer suggests that the guinea pig sound indicates excitement. This means that the guinea pig is likely expressing positive emotions and is generally happy or enthusiastic about something.

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