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Mr. Muskrat (4572)

Mr. Muskrat
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I'm married with 2 girls. I work as a full time Perl programmer for a Land Mobile Radio company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

I am enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online working towards a Bachelor of Science in photography.

My other blog [blogspot.com]

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Friday March 09, 2007
11:46 AM

Guinea Pig

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Now my wife wants to get a guinea pig. Does anyone have any good links on guinea pigs? rjbs? :)

I don't want to just say no to her. I'd like her to get as much info as she can on everything involved in caring for a guinea pig so that she can make an informed decision about whether to get one or not.

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  • How about a real Vietnamese pig [wikipedia.org] instead? After all, Vietnam and Guinea aren't that far apart.

    OK, I wasn't being serious. Good luck on your hunt — I can't imagine guinea pigs being hard to find, except maybe when you're living far away from civilization... I think every single pet shop around here, carries them.
    • PetSmart had two females but one was already reserved for someone so she bought the remaining one. She named her Precious of all things.
  • First off, you definitely want two guinea pigs. They will be worlds happier if they have friends. Three or four is fine, but two is enough. Stick with all female, since you've already got the one. Otherwise you'll need to get the male neutered. More than one male will lead to fighting -- neutering a boar does not change his personality, only his virility.

    I highly recommend building your own "cube and coroplast" house for them, as seen here: http://www.guineapigcages.com/cubes.htm [guineapigcages.com]

    A storebought cage will
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    rjbs
    • This is exactly the kind of advice I was hoping for. Thank you so much.

      My wife loves her guinea pig. I'm not sure how I feel about her yet. I've held her twice and both times she ended up biting my thumb. Once because she thought it was a piece of carrot and the other time because I wouldn't let her burrow under my pillow on the bed.

      My wife likes the cage idea and will probably have me build one for her. She's also fond of the idea of getting another pig.
      • Our pigs nearly never bite. Generally, they will bite if you put your finger -right- in their mouth and they are (a) hungry or (b) scared. Some pigs are snappier than others. I'd suggest figuring out how they like to be held and sticking to that. I usually hold ours (one at a time) along my sternum, one hand on her back and one under her rump. Wookiee especially likes to climb up to look over my shoulder. I only get near their bitey parts to feed them carrot or pepper, or to rub their jowls, which the
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        rjbs