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Answered 2009-06-08 06:44:48

I have both. The guinea pigs are more social, but then again, my hamster will come out of his hiding house when he hears my voice (usually he knows my voice means but if space or money is an issue, go with the hamster. Guinea pigs require a larger amount of space, and if you have more than one, you'll probably hafta build a cage. I have 3 piggies and they have a customized 14sq ft cage (2 level C&C cage). Their food is also a lil more expensive and it wont last long, especially if you put the food in a dish on the cage floor as they will sit in the dish and go to the potty in it too. So you hafta clean the bowl out daily and put fresh food in. Plus they need some sort of hay and vitamin supplements to get their vitamin c. Hamsters really only need a lil space ( Bandit has a 20 gal aquarium) food, which is cheaper and last longer, bedding (pine bedding is the softest I've found for under $5 for a whole bunch), a hidey house, and some wood chews to keep his teeth in check. Pigs need those too, but bigger means it costs a lil more, plus they need aspen shavings, because pine has phenols which are dangerous to a piggy's respiratory system. So it's a matter of how much time, money,and space you have. Both are enjoyable pets, and never fail to make me PS sorry for my novel...But no matter what you decide, if you have any questions regarding the care of your furry friend(s) feel free to email me at

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