If you’re looking for a small pet to get and don’t have the ability, money, or time to spend on getting a new cat or dog, you might be thinking about getting some kind of rodent. Cats and dogs are amazing pets, but in small apartments in big cities, or if you have a hectic lifestyle, they often don’t make a lot of sense. While there are many different small pets out there who make great pets, and you’ll have to figure out which one suits your needs best, guinea pigs are a somewhat underrated animal that makes a great small pet.

Here are 10 of the reasons you should consider getting a guinea pig as your next pet.