- Guinea pigs are not built for swimming. Our paws are very small in relation to our bodies, and our backs are delicate. This means swimming is difficult and stressful for us, and we might hurt ourselves.
- Getting water up our noses might lead to an upper respiratory infection.
- As we mentioned in our Ask A Guinea Pig post on bathing, frequent bathing can dry out our skin and make us itchy.
- There might be some guinea pigs who enjoy the water, but most do not.
|I can't speak for other piggies, but I don't like the water!|
We should also note that Peter Gurney, a "campaigner for the rights and welfare of guinea pigs," discussed the use of "swimming therapy" for guinea pigs with "weak or stiff joints." He also stresses the need to introduce your guinea pig slowly to water, watch their reaction, and being willing to take them out if they are getting stressed out.