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Guinea pigs??

blondi1 Avatar
7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
Hey all!

I am thinking of getting a guinea pig or two in a couple of weeks so i would like some advice from piggy owners :)

E.g. Is it best to get two together and if so females or males? Do they need an indoor cage, a hutch outside and a 'run'? Should i get them from a pet store, rescue centre or breeder? Babies or adults? Are they easy to tame? Approx. how much do they cost to keep per month?

I would really appreciate any feedback

Thank you :)
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
You sure you don't want a gerbil?

There's one on here desperate for a good home....
#2
i have 3 LOL, waht kind of 18 year old bloke has guinea pigs LOL they are awesome if you get 2 make sure they are both female :thumbsup: unless u want lots of them lol, 2 males might fight, i keep mine indors but i have an outdoor run for them but when they are outside i sit outside with them, i got mine form the SSPCA 2 females, week later there was 4 lol if you get them from a rescue centre make sure they arnt prego unless u wouldnt mind having another one or 2, per month not a huge amount u really just need their mix, hay, bedding, water cnt think of anything else they need lol

they are great pets, may not like being stroked at first but they will get used to it i would also reccomend getting them used to being handled, take them out the cage and sit them on your lap every night for 5-10 mins, if they are used to being handled it makes it much easier to get them to let u give them the odd bath and nail clipping :thumbsup:
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I have two...hmmmm lemme see....
Mine are both males, I found out after I bought them that one gender dont get on well with each other (cant remember which ones) but mine get on absolutely fine so if they say you cant keep males together then they are wrong!!!!
Mine are inside....have a cage with different levels on, however I do have a run for them that I put outside for them sometimes, either on the grass for them to nibble or on the slabs to keep their claws trimmed :)
I got mine from a pet store....Would have got them from a breeder but I went to a pet store to get a friends hamster and fell in love with these two....couldnt leave them there so just had to have them!
I got mine as soon as they could leave their mum....think it was 4 or 6 weeks old...they grow sooo fast, although I dont think there is anything wrong with rehoming adults
VERY VERY VERY easy to tame!!!! Mine have been handled from the beginning...not often, sometimes once a week or so, they are very trusting....just sit with me and do their little grumbling sound :) would say very good for kids....
ermmmm costs.....you got food, treats (carrots, lettucce, greens etc), hay, sawdust and other cleaning stuff....would say approx £5-10 a month?....something like that....depends how much bulk you can buy

ask if you wanna know anything else :)
#4
hi i work in a pet store they are best in pairs. very sociable lovely pets. Great if you have small children and low maintance . Can be indoor or outdoor pets. If they are going to be outside have a cover for the hutch. in the winter The bigger the hutch and run you can get the better. Guinea pig can't generate their own vitamin c so plenty of veg and hay every day . They can live up to 8 years x
#5
micoo
i have 3 LOL, waht kind of 18 year old bloke has guinea pigs LOL they are awesome if you get 2 make sure they are both female :thumbsup: unless u want lots of them lol, 2 males might fight, i keep mine indors but i have an outdoor run for them but when they are outside i sit outside with them, i got mine form the SSPCA 2 females, week later there was 4 lol if you get them from a rescue centre make sure they arnt prego unless u wouldnt mind having another one or 2, per month not a huge amount u really just need their mix, hay, bedding, water cnt think of anything else they need lol

they are great pets, may not like being stroked at first but they will get used to it i would also reccomend getting them used to being handled, take them out the cage and sit them on your lap every night for 5-10 mins, if they are used to being handled it makes it much easier to get them to let u give them the odd bath and nail clipping :thumbsup:


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GPS are lovely. Best to get two because they get lonely and need company. They need lots of handling when young so that they get used to it. It is difficult to introduce 2 males unless they are brothers from the same litter. We keep ours outdoors in the summer but indoors in winter. They really do need a run so that they get plenty of exercise. I reckon they cost about £4-£5 a week for food and hay/woodshavings although these are cheaper if you can get them in bulk from somewhere.
#7
micoo
i have 3 LOL, waht kind of 18 year old bloke has guinea pigs LOL they are awesome if you get 2 make sure they are both female :thumbsup: unless u want lots of them lol, 2 males might fight, i keep mine indors but i have an outdoor run for them but when they are outside i sit outside with them, i got mine form the SSPCA 2 females, week later there was 4 lol if you get them from a rescue centre make sure they arnt prego unless u wouldnt mind having another one or 2, per month not a huge amount u really just need their mix, hay, bedding, water cnt think of anything else they need lol

they are great pets, may not like being stroked at first but they will get used to it i would also reccomend getting them used to being handled, take them out the cage and sit them on your lap every night for 5-10 mins, if they are used to being handled it makes it much easier to get them to let u give them the odd bath and nail clipping :thumbsup:


didnt know you had piggyrats!!!!! I have 2 fellas ere....fancy double dating yours out??? lol
#8
lil_tiger

I got mine as soon as they could leave their mum....think it was 4 or 6 weeks old...they grow sooo fast, although I dont think there is anything wrong with rehoming adults


tell me about it lol, i had two, one turned out to be prego, had 2 babies when they were born they would bothe sit in the foodbwl a month later they were near enough the size of their mother lol
#9
mbgringo
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lawl, its pimpin and you know it
#10
micoo
tell me about it lol, i had two, one turned out to be prego, had 2 babies when they were born they would bothe sit in the foodbwl a month later they were near enough the size of their mother lol


I could fit both in my hand at one point!!!!! one of the originals died though :x....and I got another fella one cos the survivor just sat in his house for a week :x....they took to each other fine...no probs at all...I think it was because the new one was really young, the older one kinda adopted him lol
#11
micoo
lawl, its pimpin and you know it


Are Guinea Pigs the new "Pit Bulls" in da hood homie ????? :-D :lol:
#12
mbgringo
Are Guinea Pigs the new "Pit Bulls" in da hood homie ????? :-D :lol:


yeah dawg, ma hoes n bitches love em
#13
lil_tiger
I could fit both in my hand at one point!!!!! one of the originals died though :x....and I got another fella one cos the survivor just sat in his house for a week :x....they took to each other fine...no probs at all...I think it was because the new one was really young, the older one kinda adopted him lol


ye i origionally got 2 one was the otheres mother, both still alive lol the younger had 2 babies (she turned out to be prego when we got her) had 2 babies one of them died over a year ago now the other is just 2 now :thumbsup:
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micoo
ye i origionally got 2 one was the otheres mother, both still alive lol the younger had 2 babies (she turned out to be prego when we got her) had 2 babies one of them died over a year ago now the other is just 2 now :thumbsup:


awwww I got 2 brothers......then one fell in the cage...I got him out to see if he was ok and he just got worse and died in my hands within about half an hour :x needless to say I got a new cage immediately so the other couldnt commit suicide...im sure he was thinking it! lol
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Guinea pigs definitely enjoy company, we started off with one male who was sharing with a rabbit after a stint on his own he passed away and we got two females who got on well. Eventually we ended up with four females and they enjoyed being in a small group and were much more confident.

When the weather was warm they had a run outside where they could eat grass all day then when it was colder they had a hutch in the garage beside a heater. Unfortunately we never had much luck healthwise with guinea pigs as they rarely managed to live past 2-3 years, only one ever made it as far as 8.

John
#16
My little boy is wanting a guinea pig as a pet and he has some birthday £ which he has chosen to buy it with. I'll keep watching this thread for info
#17
ooo thanks for all your comments guys you are all so quick to reply! :)

i think im going to go for two females and an large indoor cage and a 'run' outside

x
#18
yummymummy2202
My little boy is wanting a guinea pig as a pet and he has some birthday £ which he has chosen to buy it with. I'll keep watching this thread for info


I would say the easiest animal to have....very responsive....mine chunter and squeek everytime they see or hear me :) (or hear someone going in the fridge!:w00t:) lol very loving! (if you give them a carrot...you are God!) and easy to please...few vegetables, cuddle now and then, a nice clean cage and they will love you unconditionally :)
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lil_tiger
I would say the easiest animal to have....very responsive....mine chunter and squeek everytime they see or hear me :) (or hear someone going in the fridge!:w00t:) lol very loving! (if you give them a carrot...you are God!) and easy to please...few vegetables, cuddle now and then, a nice clean cage and they will love you unconditionally :)


+1 if i stick my hand into their cage they run out n start climbing up my arm :thumbsup: and if my hand smells like veg or grass, the will lick and nibble and my fingers lol
#20
lil_tiger;5902430
) and easy to please...few vegetables, cuddle now and then, a nice clean cage and they will love you unconditionally :)


Could I have dibs on living in there if said Guinea Pig escapes?

Sounds like heaven :-D
#21
Lynchy
Could I have dibs on living in there if said Guinea Pig escapes?

Sounds like heaven :-D


awwww surely you arent that easy to please....Ill start a new random thread so you aint goin off topic :p
#22
lil_tiger
I would say the easiest animal to have....very responsive....mine chunter and squeek everytime they see or hear me :) (or hear someone going in the fridge!:w00t:) lol very loving! (if you give them a carrot...you are God!) and easy to please...few vegetables, cuddle now and then, a nice clean cage and they will love you unconditionally :)


aww they sound adorable i can't wait to get some :)

x
#23
I would only get them if you have the time to give them love and attention.

We orginally got two from pets at home and got one of the big cage starter packs think it cost about £100 all in. Mario & Peach got pregnant within about 2 months and a had a gorgeous wee baby Yoshi.

Then we adopted two from Pet at Home which were older and both boys. They fought like crazy and really would up mario so would suggest two girls coz I ended up with a big chunk out my knuckle trying to stop them killing one another.

Sadly once i got pregnant i no longer had the time or energy to give love n cuddles to my piggies and when we came came back from a holiday mario had lost loads of weight. this got worse after baby came along and eventually he died and I think it was jealousy - i read that they can become heart broken and lose the will to live.

We decided after this that it wasnt fair to keep them so gave them away to a man who had lots of other ones.

They are very messy and do need regular cleaning and trimming as well as all the love n hugs you can spare. But they are so much fun and when they are happy the tweeting and purring they make is amazing.

Id say we spent about £50 per month on food hay and treats (incl lots of fresh veg and fruit) but that was for 5 in two massive cages. We also had a pen for outside. just make sure you make them safe from foxes cats etc.

Keep everyone posted if you get some and let us see some pics!
#25


just played this to mine....they were amazed!!!!!! :-D
#26
I wont tell you lot what I ate in peru, bit like a pervuian Big mac :whistling:
#27
update :)

i've got a hutch outside and a nice big cage for inside when it's chilly.. lots of hay and cucumber too lol

hoping to get my piggies at the beginning of next week

x
#28
Had a friend years back who had a Guinea Pig which she used to keep in a hutch in the garden. Somehow it escaped one day. They couldnt find it and thought it was gone forever. A few months later they kept seeing something darting between theirs and a neighbours garden but it had almost grown to the size of a small cat. Think it quite liked living wild. As it had got used to it they left it to do its thing. There may still be a large one out there somewhere.....
#29
WoolyM
Had a friend years back who had a Guinea Pig which she used to keep in a hutch in the garden. Somehow it escaped one day. They couldnt find it and thought it was gone forever. A few months later they kept seeing something darting between theirs and a neighbours garden but it had almost grown to the size of a small cat. Think it quite liked living wild. As it had got used to it they left it to do its thing. There may still be a large one out there somewhere.....


aww haha bless it lol :) i'lll keep a look out!
#30
I'm thinking of building one of those huge c&c cages i've read so much about online. i've got some spare lino so i will use that as the base but i'm not sure where to get the wire 'sides' from as Argos or Poundstrecher don't seem to stock it any more.

Have any of you made one of these cages before?
x
#31
blondi1
I'm thinking of building one of those huge c&c cages i've read so much about online. i've got some spare lino so i will use that as the base but i'm not sure where to get the wire 'sides' from as Argos or Poundstrecher don't seem to stock it any more.

Have any of you made one of these cages before?
x


I made a guinea pig for my Design + Technology GCSE :-D I dunno where I got the chicken wire from but places like Homebase, B&Q and garden centres tend to stock this.

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