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Old June 22nd, 2007, 12:39 PM   #1
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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?
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Old June 22nd, 2007, 01:22 PM   #2
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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.

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.

http://www.guineapigcages.com/

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

http://cavyspirit.com/

http://www.guinealynx.info/
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Old June 25th, 2007, 08:47 PM   #3
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Thanks Tammy!

You rock!
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Old June 13th, 2010, 06:57 PM   #4
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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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