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    12-02-2011, 01:27 AM
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Foal
Smile Guinea Pig Input Please :)

So guess who could possibly be getting a guinea pig? Oh yes. This girl I am so beyond excited but I have a few questions to ask.

1. I am waiting impatiently for this cage to come in the mail. Yes, I am aware of the fact that the treats are not good for them, neither is the food. But size wise, am I looking okay?

2. In relation to question one, I have also read numerous times that guinea pigs do better with a companion. Now, financially, I'm fairly okay with this. I can support two guinea pigs. However, I'm not overly keen on buying the uber large cage. That is rather expensive for me. But I would rather have happy guinea pigs than an unhappy guinea pig. Can I fit two smaller guinea pigs into this cage? I plan to find smaller ones if I need two, but size doesn't truly matter, I think, if I only acquire one.

3. The guinea pig(s) would be living in a garage. Not ideal, I am aware. But that is what I have to work with. It gets rather cold up here in the "Great" Northwest and I was planning to buy he/she a heat lamp. I know they need to be warm, between 64 and 72 degrees to be ideal. But it gets to be cold at night. So question is, will a heat lamp work? Anything I can put IN the cage to help him/her out?

4. I am also aware that guinea pigs need attention and time. The garage is where my boyfriend is living so they will not be alone at night and often through the afternoon because he will be there, or me :) Any tips for socializing? Ideas, theories, advice on how to make them people friendly?

Any other things that you have come across with guinea pigs that could help me out with be awesome. Anything that you don't hear about until you get one?

I am so very excited and I'm probably going to post a zillion pictures when I get one (or two!). Yay!!
     
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    12-02-2011, 07:08 PM
  #2
Started
As long as there are no drafts and the garage isn't damp (which is rare but not impossible) they will be fine. If it is damp get a dehumidifier. If not they will most definitely get a cold as they are very sensitive in that area. 2 is better, but I only had one and she was fine. You just need to make sure you give the pig extra attention and toys to keep it occupied.

For socializing, being very calm and gentle with them, petting them (you will eventually find out how to make them rumble with pleasure), brushing them, spending quality time with them helps. It really depends on your pig, some are more sociable and active, and others more fearful and sensitive and take more time getting used to humans. Mine was like that. She would run away most of the time when you tried to take her out of her cage, but you petted her for a bit and she settled down and snuggled nicely next to you. :)

If you have any more questions just pm me. I had one for 6 years so I pretty much know all there is to know. ;)
     
    12-02-2011, 07:55 PM
  #3
Green Broke
If you're going to get two, go for the Super Pet My Deluxe Home Giant.

It's pretty much the largest commercial cage.

However, C&C cages are the best because they are cheap and can be made as large as you want.

According to guidelines, you need 10 square feet or more for two pigs.

Just be sure if you have a smaller than ideal cage that the piggies get lots of floor time, daily, so they can get their exercise.

Also, guinea pigs overheat easily, so be careful with a heat lamp.

Have fun! Piggies are awesome.
I am also more than happy to answer any questions if I can!
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    12-02-2011, 08:25 PM
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Weanling
This is probably the first time in my life I haven't had pigs, since my last boy Rusty died after I came to college last year. I had a 2x2 C&C cage for my two boys, which according to the website, is too small, but they did just fine. Before I built that, I had them in an even smaller cage, the approximate size of a 1x2 cage, about the size of the one you posted. Again, maybe they were a little cramped but they flourished. Just make sure if the cage is that small you let them run around the floor, if they are the types of guinea pigs that enjoy that.
     
    12-10-2011, 02:25 AM
  #5
Foal
Thanks everyone!

I ended up getting two (YAY!) and I love them both. The one I picked out (named Juno) doesn't mind being held and picked up. My boyfriend's, however, is not as much of a fan of people (named Twitch/Spazz/Spook). But she is slowly starting to get used to us holding her.

I'm truly enjoying them. Love their little squeaks and stuff that they do. Cracks me up :)
     
    12-10-2011, 09:06 AM
  #6
Foal
If you haven't already you should take a peek around guinealynx.com and guineapigcages.com
Very helpful information on these websites.
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    12-10-2011, 10:59 AM
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Green Broke
Congrats!

I just got a second and already love him, even though my other piggie isn't so sure yet.
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    12-10-2011, 03:12 PM
  #8
Started
Guineapigcages.com is a really good website. I was on it a lot for the first 2 years of piggy ownership! :)
     
    12-10-2011, 03:18 PM
  #9
Weanling
I agree that a c&c is a great option if you have the space, it allows for more room for your guinea, and costs much less than store bought cages. I have one for my rabbit, and it's great.

Best of luck!
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    12-28-2011, 01:02 PM
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Weanling
Erm...you mentioned you keep your boyfriend sorry wait your boyfriend lives in the garage. Is he like...your other pet :P
     
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