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    12-28-2011, 01:22 PM
  #11
Foal
Hahaha no! His family just lives in a small house and he gave his old room to his little brother, who has been sleeping in this room with his mom. So he lives out there now :)

As for him being my pet... Debatable ;P
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    12-28-2011, 09:29 PM
  #12
Weanling
Any pictures? I've always loved Guinea Pigs :) I had one that when we fed it he would literally hop straight in the air while squeaking with excitement.
     
    12-28-2011, 10:00 PM
  #13
Foal
I have had 6 guinea pigs in my life, am a vet tech, and love pocket pets taught it at my school even as a teachers aid! Cage size looks good for one...but if your considering getting 2 you will need a bigger cage. One will see you as a companion if you spend time with him or her. All of mine learned the noise of the drawer in the fridge for "treats" make sure they have they have vitamin C. This is a guinea pig requirement just like in people. Lack of this vitamin causes Scurvy and death. Carrots(vitamin C) and lettuce are great treats! Give these treats in moderation when they are young esp lettuce as the extra water can give them diarrhea which can cause dehydration. Also grass hay daily will keep there digestive tracts moving (NO ALFALFA!) they do not digest all there nutrients the 1st time around so they eat ceotrophs (soft serve feces) usually at night this is normal and you may see some left overs in the morning. Typical life expectancy of a guinea pig is 4-6 years. In my experience they either stopped eating completely or ate and ate and never defecated. , make sure they have plenty of water and things to chew on as there teeth never stop growing (like a horse) they need to "file" them down by chewing on wood, cage bars, toilet paper rolls etc. salt blocks and mineral blocks are nice to but not a necessity for every pig. Nail trims can be done but start them early and make them as low stress as possible. Bathing is not recommended as it is hard for them to keep warm after a bath. Baby wipes work fantasic! Have fun with your new addition to your family good luck!
     
    01-01-2012, 12:14 AM
  #14
Foal
I've had guinea pigs and other pocket pets all my life growing up. I'm also a technician in a small animal clinic. I adored having them in my life.

You have been given two excellent reference websites in terms of guinea pig care. Guinealynx.com and guineapigcages.com are both excellent websites and I would def book mark them as a reference.

Store bought cages are simply too small and too expensive! They do not provide guinea pigs enough space to exercise. C&C cages are very easy and inexpensive to build and provide a lot more space for your furry friends. Guinea pigs need to exericse on their own clocks - even you provide them with floor time every day. They are going to be most active at times that are probably not very convenient for you - so the bigger the cage, the better.

Diet is important. Fresh, cold water, changed daily is important for any pet. Vitamine C is a dietary reuirement for guinea pigs and can be provided through a high quality guinea pig pellet and fresh foods (Guinealynx has excellent lists and charts of fresh foods that can be fed). I do not recommend adding it to the drinking water because its broken too quickly in the water, as well it may alter the taste resulting in he pig drinking less.
Guinea pigs older then 6 months of age should have unlimited grass hay (Timothy and Orchard grass hay are popular) to keep their digestive systems moving and to keep their teeth worn down to prevent dental problems. Alfalfa hay is only recommended for young, pregnant or nusing pigs and is NOT recommended for adult pigs as it is very high in calcium and can contribute to bladder stones. If you can learn how to identify good quality hay, and if you have a place to store it, you can try buying a small hay bale from a horse boarding facility which is usually a lot cheaper then smaller bags at the pet store.

For pellets, look for a timothy hay based pellet for pigs older then 6 months. Most pellets are alfalfa based (these should only be fed to pregnant/nusing or very young guinea pigs) a timothy based pellet provides less calcium. Avoid any pellets mixes or treats that contain seeds, nuts or dried fruit bits, meat and dairy (ie yogurt drops) as these are choking hazards and guinea pigs are herbavores (so no meat or dairy). Oxbow Cavy Cuisine and KM's and I believe Mazuri are high quality brand pellets.

There is generally no need to use a salt or mineral wheel.

It's also a good idea to find a veterinarian specializing in exotics before any problems arise. Guinealynx has a good quick reference for illness, as well as a list of safe and dangerous medications. There are veterinarians who mean well but pocket pets like guinea pigs can be tricky to treat - it's best to find one with guinea pig experience early before a problem arises.

There has already been good advice regarding nail trimming. A handy tip for pigs that are more difficult, a thin flat rock at the base of the water bottle helps wear down the front nails.

You may find your guinea pig(s) may not chew on store bought toys or chews. Providing unlimited hay is the best way to avoid dental problems. There are lots of things you can provide in the cage: large tubes, hammocks, cozies, hiding houses, safe rampts etc. Generally bar chewing is a sign of boredom and is not a good way of wearing down teeth. Another reason to provide unlimited hay and a larger cage then something store bought.

I will again recommend Guinealynx and Guineapigcages. They are the best websites for guinea pig care you will come accross.

Good luck with your pig(s) and be sure to post lots of pictures!
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    01-08-2012, 07:05 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Pics are a must when you do get one!

I just got my littler guy 3 months ago! Sadly, hubby wont let me get a second one. But I found that my little guy is VERY independent, and it doing great by himself! Eventually tho, I do plan on getting a 2nd...I believe my cage is a similar size, I do plan on getting a larger C&C cage though.

Their a lot of fun though! I did find that it took them quite a bit of time to adjust, and to get used to new people and new surroundings. My little guy starts squeaking the moment we open the door, its adorable! Good Luck!
     
    01-17-2012, 12:00 AM
  #16
Foal
Alright so here is what happened.

For Christmas I got two lovely guinea pigs. We had already ordered the cage I showed in the first post. They were little and I was really worried they would be lonely so we ended up getting two.

The little cage worked out well but I felt like they weren't happy. My birthday is coming up on the 22nd. Birthday present from boyfriend? New cage. Bought a C & C cage this time. However, we hadn't the first clue where to get the bottom of the cage so... We flipped one of his tables upside down and waaalaa.... bottom of the cage. So we built the cage and I wanted to use the other smaller cage for something, so it didn't go to complete waste. It is now the second story.

I went over to Jake's house yesterday and my original two were locked up in the top portion of the cage. Why were they there? Because a little baby guinea pig was in the bottom part. Eeeeeeeeeeeek!! Her name is Apple. And she is the most adorable thing in the world. I had seen her in the pet store a week a go and totally loved her. So Jake bought her for me. She is MUCH smaller than my other two girls, Juno and Amber, but she fits right in and there has been no aggressive behavior and they are one big happy family.

I've also come to love their personalities. Amber started out very afraid of people but now loves to be pet and held. She is generally quiet and is the bigger of the three. Juno is smaller than Amber and is ridiculously loud... all the time. She just squeaks and rumbles the entire time she is being pet. She's a little nippy, where as Amber rarely EVER nips. I feel like Apple is very friendly and a cuddly guinea pig but is rather difficult to catch. I don't think her personality has come all the way out, but she seems to be very friendly and "gentle" if a guinea pig could be considered that.

So you all wanted pictures... here we go :)

Amber is the brown one with some spots of white, Juno is dominantly white with some light brown and black spots, and baby Apple is the little sandy colored one.

Enjoy!
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    01-17-2012, 11:18 PM
  #17
Foal
Hi, I think that will be fine maybe put a cloth or something in there I actually just bred my guinea pig Zoey here are the pics

It was an accident but she turned out ok so we are breeding her again. Also some tips
1. If You Are Planning On Breeding
Keep the female in a soft enviroment. She will stay pregnant for three months.
2.Food Wise
I recoment bonanza this food has kept all my guinea pigs happy and healthy. Feed them once in the morning and once before bed. Make sure you give them some sort of vegi once every 3 days. Change water frequintly.
3. grooming
Clip the nails once a month (or more if needed) brush whenever you feel like it!
4.Just interact with them
Interacting with your guinea pig regurally will keep them stress free.

If you follow this your guinea pigs will live long happy lives!
Any further questions (health, teeth, eyes etc..)please message me! ;)
Good Luck!!
     
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