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#1 Misha

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:13 PM

We've always been a cat house but after our beloved Misha died last June, we decided we weren't ready for a cat or dog. So we got a guinea pig and sadly, she died 2 weeks after getting her. Fast forward to the happy part--we were able to get a "refund" on Rosie #1 and replaced her with Rosie #2 (Jude named her after Rose on the Titanic) and another girl guinea pig named Susie. They are AMAZING!! Such personalities and super affectionate.  I can't believe it's taken me this long to discover the joys of Guinea Pigs!! So, does anyone else have one or two or a whole gang? ANy tips you've learned along the way? Thanks!



#2 JBetty

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:27 PM

I raised tons of guinea pigs as a kid.

Eventually ran out of friends to take the babies and lost interest.

But they are very friendly if you handle them regularly, and each has it's own distinct personality.

They do not housetrain as well as rabbits, but I hear it can be done.

#1's?



#3 Spidergawd

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:17 PM

I had a few when my daughter was little.  As JB mentioned, it's best to handle them a lot so they get accustomed to it, and to the scent of everyone in the house.  You get to know their personalities that way, and they get to know you and be less jumpy and a lot less likely to nip at you.  Get as large a cage as you can, and give them some things to crawl around in/on.  DON'T put boys and girls together unless you want to spend a lot of time finding homes for many babies.

 

Also get used to all the sounds they make.  It can be a bit of a racket at night, but at least the sounds are all pretty cute; little chirps and coos and stuff.  They're actually very nice pets and pretty kid friendly if the kids are reasonably gentle and you don't have a pissed off GP.

 

And yes, #1s would be nice.  :smile:



#4 Eco

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:22 PM

I had them when I lived on a farm in VA.  Not really mine, the owner of the farm forced all of his unwanted pets on me to raise. I ended up not liking their noise so I would put them out in the evening when I was trying to relax.  Come to find out they talk to rabbits.....I loved to eat rabbits at the time.  A simple few minutes outside in their cage would equal meat for my meal since the farmer didn't like to pay me often or at all.  I sort of grew fond of them since it saved me an hour or so hunting up something to eat.



#5 JBetty

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:25 PM

My mom built a pig condo for them with a couple of levals and ramps for them to run up and down.

She also made a fold up portable arena type thing to put outside in the grass on nice days.

They couldn't get out, but other animals can get in so you have to watch them all the time, unless you put a roof on it.

 

And guinea pigs don't stink like hamsters and gerbils.

They're pretty clean animals.

 

There are a few different types, so decide how much time you want to spend grooming.

Wilbur the hippy looked like this Peruvian one.

Brushed him with a toothbrush.

 

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Oh yeah - if it doesn't work out for any reason, you can always grill em up Ecuadoran style for a tasty snack.



#6 Spidergawd

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:38 PM

Oh yeah, I forgot they are less stinky than most rodents.



#7 JBetty

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:40 PM

Just don't pick them up by the tail or their eyeballs will fall out.



#8 Spidergawd

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:44 PM

Just don't pick them up by the tail or their eyeballs will fall out.

 

:rolling:  GTFO



#9 JBetty

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:46 PM

Ancient Guinea Pig Owners' Secret!



#10 tyedyedee

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:51 AM

is that true? :huh:

 

i had them as a kid

my favorite was GP (yes, short for guinea pig :lol: )

 

make sure you give them hard things to gnaw on so their teeth dont get too long

and i used to clip his nails

handle them a lot and start when they are young

 

GP used to love playing soccer in his cage

we put little round cat toys in his cage and he would push them around for hours

we quickly learned NOT to get the ones with bells :bang: :lol:

 

he was super sweet

he would go up on his hind legs and reach out for me when he heard me

prob just cuz i fed him but i chose to see it as affection :lol:

i would let him run around on me

he loved to burrow behind my neck, under my hair

he would chirp and coo and make those sweet noises they make

 

hated their not so sweet noises :lol:

 

i had trouble watching a show on ecuador where they were grilling up guinea pigs :undecided:



#11 TheDHJ

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 01:52 AM

For dinner in Peruvian places at times...



#12 Ginger Snap

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:13 AM

I've never had them but my daughter's best friends do (they are triplets) and each of their guinea pigs plays dead right  in  your hand! It's freaking hysterically awesome!



#13 Mama Kel

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:45 AM

we have one, Sizzy - she is very sweet. We have handled her a lot so she is calm & doesn't nip. Agreed to large cage with toys & things to climb on. Need to clip their nails & give them things to gnaw on. She can be loud, but apparently she only goes nuts when I enter the room. I'm probably the only one that feeds her! :lol:

 

and I love that she is my personal composting station. She gets all the veggie scraps & loves them!!



#14 JBetty

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:13 PM

We went to dinner at a Peruvian place last week.

Guinea pig was not on the menu.



#15 Spidergawd

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:33 PM

We went to dinner at a Peruvian place last week.

Guinea pig was not on the menu.

 

So the Germans would have us believe.

 

:moose:



#16 KittyRocks

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

i like the long haired ones bc they look like living toupees 



#17 JBetty

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

Guinea Wook

 

 

 

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#18 DF

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:05 PM

They are delicious



#19 unbroken_chain

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

PAPUA%20NEW%20GUINEA%20POLICE-CONSTABLE.



#20 TheDHJ

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

We went to dinner at a Peruvian place last week.
Guinea pig was not on the menu.

Cuy is not usually found in Peruvian places that may have even a few Americanos walk through the door. If they do it's not on the menu and you have to ask for it special.

I've found it deep in ethnic neighborhoods that might be called "the ghetto".

#21 JBetty

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:37 PM

Not being a big meat eater, I'm on the fence as to whether I'd really like to try it or not.



#22 TheDHJ

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:44 PM

Cliche but yeah it tastes like and resembles chicken. There's no reason to run out and try it. They consume it in South America because its cheap to keep Cuy over other livestock.

#23 JBetty

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

Thanks for the pro tip.



#24 Wende

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 08:45 PM

be sure they get major amounts of Vitamin C.  IF they start to lose their hair, it's lack of Vit C.  They make yummy Vit C treats for them you can get at many places.

 

Yoggies is one of them.  But you can give them pretty much anything, fruit and veggie wise.

 

And did you know a GP is one of the only species that is completely self sufficient directly out of the womb?  :)



#25 Eco

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:24 AM

Guinea Wook

 

 

 

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I camped next to him at Vibes two years ago and then again with his family at Strange Creek last year. 



#26 unbroken_chain

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:05 PM

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#27 georgi

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:40 PM

My cousins always had them!  They were fun!  I remember one was named Alice, and another was Pepper.  They were nice, too!



#28 JBetty

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

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#29 Gypsy Bob

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

OMG..."Guinea" Pigs... Really! You PC Boardies should know the correct descripition is "ETHNIC PIG."



#30 unbroken_chain

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:29 PM

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