Barbara Nefer

Barb Nefer
Barb Nefer

Barb Nefer is a small pets expert and the author of a book on guinea pigs. She has been a freelance writer and author, covering pet-related topics for three decades. She has been published in many magazines and online.


  • 30+ years experience writing about pets
  • Contributed pet content to The Spruce for almost three years
  • Author of a book on guinea pigs
  • Experience in training horses, competing in horse shows, and instructing students in English and Western riding


Barbara is has been writing about pet-related topics since the 1980s. Her articles cover everything from animal behavior to rescue groups to pet care and product reviews. She has written a book on hamsters as well as many travel guides.

She has owned cats, dogs, horses, birds, freshwater fish, hamsters, and guinea pigs, and horses. She has trained horses, competed in horse shows, and instructed students in English and Western riding. Barb has also volunteered at animal shelters, helping cats, dogs, and pocket pets find forever families and participated in large animal rescue. She has coordinated holiday pet food drives with animal shelters, pet supply stores, and veterinarians' offices to collect food, toys, and treats for needy dogs and cats. She works on behalf of animal rights and is an outspoken spay/neuter advocate.

Barb Nefer is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles for almost three years.



Awards and Publications

Barb is the author of "10 Most Popular Myths About Guinea Pigs: Avoid These Common Cavy Care Mistakes"  Her articles have appeared in Horse Illustrated, Horse & Rider, Equus, Bird Talk, I Love Cats, Grit, Miniature Donkey Talk, Animal Wellness, and Feline Wellness magazines. 

Expertise: Small Animals, Pocket Pets, Guinea Pigs
Location: Kissimmee, Florida

About The Spruce Pets

The Spruce Pets, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a new kind of pets website offering practical, real-life tips and training advice to help you care for your pet. The Spruce Pets reaches 10 million people each month. Learn more about us, our editorial process, and our commitment to ensuring we are providing you with the most trustworthy veterinarian advice.

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