The remains of guinea pigs have been found in Belgium, suggesting that the furry little creatures may have become fashionable pets after the Spanish conquest of Peru in 1532. The third-ever guinea pig skeleton found in a European archaeological dig confirms that these little squeakers voyaged to the Old World very
Recent genetic and archaeological findings show that wildcats may have become house cats earlier, and in a different place, than previously thought. It is by turns aloof and affectionate, serene and savage, endearing and exasperating. Despite its mercurial nature, however, the house cat is the most popular pet in the world.