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First pet? Consider starting small

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Cats and dogs might immediately come to mind as a family pet, but they aren’t always the best fit for every family. Not every family has the time or space to care for a cat or dog.

Consider guinea pigs, which weigh up to two pounds, as a pet. They live in cages and don’t require as much daily attention as cats or dogs, though they still crave affection and require care.

Guinea pigs are social, and like to play with people, especially children. Like all pets, guinea pigs provide companionship, relieve stress and teach kids about compassion and responsibility.

– Alexis Upton, SPCA Tampa Bay

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