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Caretta June 22nd, 2007 12:39 PM

New Pet Questions & Advice
I am thinking of getting our household a guinea pig. I had one about 10 years ago and I really want another one. I loved that rodent! My son loves our friend's piggy. He is 6 and will enjoy being able to assist with feeding and cage care. (I am against giving a 6-yr old complete responsibility over a living creature). I have researched proper diet and caging (a lot has changed since I had mine).

Any advice on the best place to acquire one or any voices of experience?

Tammy June 22nd, 2007 01:22 PM

Sadly, guinea pigs are showing up and being euthanized in animal shelters more and more these days, so check into adoption before you check into a pet store. It's possible there's a guinea pig rescue in your area, which is a great way to get one. You can save a piggie life and work with them for a good piggie temprament match for your son. :D

If you go to http://www.petfinder.com you can search in your zip code for piggiess that are available for adoption. In the search box, they're listed in the category of "small & furry."

If you can find a rescue, you also get the added bonus that they usually spay or neuter their piggies prior to adoption. That's better for their long term health and less $$ out of your pocket at the vet in the end!

If you're interested and haven't found these already, here's some ways to make your own cage/pen. We've made these for our rabbits and it's a really cost-effective way to get a nicer home for them than your basic commercial, over-priced cage.


For general care, these websites have lots of good information and message boards, as well -



Caretta June 25th, 2007 08:47 PM

Thanks Tammy!

You rock!

Naturally Unbridled June 13th, 2010 06:57 PM

Great advice Tammy! Guinea pigs make great pets for children! Ask your vet or the animal shelter to show you how to clip their nails. A human fingernail clipper works just fine - you just need to know how much to cut without clipping the blood vessel inside.

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