So we had a dog aboard for 10 years and he died just last year. Our son was pretty sad about not having a pet so for some dumb reason I let him talk me in to a guinea pig.
We've had the guinea pig aboard for a year now. Here are the pros and cons as I see them:
+they are low maintenance
(in that you can ignore them and they don't seem to mind, but we try to keep ours socialized)
+they don't live long
+you can eat them if you run out of provisions
+you can feed them fruit veggie scraps, like a little garbage disposal
-they stink (esp in the small confines of a boat)
-they are boring
-you have to clean the cage pretty much every 2-3 days. It's a REAL pain, and you'd have to find the shavings/ fluff wherever you cruise
and carry LOTS of it. It sucks.
-they need something to chew on constantly because their front teeth keep growing and they chew to keep them trim
-they stink (this can't be emphasized enough
A dog is more satisfying for the work involved. Cats too. Or just fill the need to ahve something cute & cuddly with a baby why don't ya Mark?
Seriously, no rodents.
schoonerdog's wife - cindy