Princess Piggy Poo lives with a criminal. In Switzerland, there is a law that prevents people from adopting a solo guinea pig. Because guinea pigs are social animals, the lawmakers believe that it is cruel to deprive a cavy the companionship from its own kind. There are even rent-a-guinea pig services for cavies that have lost their furry buddy.
While I feel some guilt that Princess Piggy Poo has only me for a friend, I’m not sure what I think of this Switzerland law. I decided to adopt only one guinea pig because I didn’t want to get into the perpetual cycle of guinea pigs. Because if I did have two and one died, I wouldn’t want the one left to die of loneliness.
Maybe I’m delusional thinking that I’m giving Princess Piggy Poo a good life. I give her the best food, regular health care and spend a lot of time interacting with her. She seems healthy and happy. When I have introduced her to other guinea pigs, Princess Piggy Poo has been indifferent. At this point — 4-1/2 years old — this is the only life Princess Piggy Poo knows.
If I had to do it over again, I would likely adopt both Princess Piggy Poo and her gray-eared sister. But I made the best decision I could at that time. We can’t go back, but I do hope Princess Piggy Poo is happy — as happy as a single cavy can be.