Guinea Pig Appreciation Day - July 16
Tue, Jul 16, 2024

Guinea Pig Appreciation Day

Guinea Pig Appreciation Day is when everyone thanks the wonderful guinea pigs for their friendliness, cuteness, and sociability. With proper upbringing and care, guinea pigs become true friends. People, and especially children, have the fondest impressions from keeping with these funny animals.

The History

Guinea pigs are a type of rodent. They are bred for their good-natured temperaments, as well as their funny appearance. Unfortunately, the history of guinea pigs has not always been so rosy. They were originally used as a source of meat. It is believed these small animals appeared in Peru, where they were domesticated and even trained. Some civilizations even worshiped guinea pigs. Another well-known fact: the Incas sacrificed them to powerful gods. In Europe, guinea pigs appeared in the 16th century; here, they were treated as exotic animals. Even Elizabeth I was fascinated by them.

Interesting Facts

  • When guinea pigs arrived in Europe, only rich people could afford them.
  • In the 17th century, guinea pigs were used for scientific experiments, as their biological similarity with humans is quite high. Guinea pigs have been used for scientific experiments even before rats and mice.
  • Statistically, guinea pigs are the most popular pets in America.
  • Guinea pigs can perform tricks if properly trained.

How to take part

Start celebrating Guinea Pig Appreciation Day by buying a guinea pig, but first make sure you can properly care for your new pet. Share your pet on social media. If you have a friend who is lonely, give them a guinea pig; psychologists say these animals can cure stress. Write a post against lab tests on the cute guinea pigs.

When is Guinea Pig Appreciation Day celebrated in 2024?

Guinea Pig Appreciation Day is observed on July 16 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday July 16 2024
Wednesday July 16 2025
Thursday July 16 2026