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Best and Worst place to get a Guinea Pig? Thanks

Discussion in 'Exotic Mammals' started by SBTlove, May 2, 2014.

  1. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Made a promise to my kid that I cannot go back on. We found a rescue about an hour and a half away that handles guinea pigs but like all the pet stores in the area also sell guinea pigs. A little leary of going the pet store route but also a little leary going the rescue route. I could wait for the fair, lots of guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, etc for sale there. And some are prize winning. But I don't want to make my kid wait that long as I have been putting her off for quite some time now. Thoughts?
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  2. GoingPostal

    GoingPostal Good Dog

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    I don't know anything about guinea pigs, I would just look for one that is handle able and cute. A rescue isn't a bad idea, they have a decent lifespan and no offense but most kids aren't going to be interested in their pet for a decade. I think they prefer to be with friends so maybe adopt a pair?
  3. Makena95GT

    Makena95GT Puppy

    Guineas aren't super huge on having a friend sometimes. They tend to fight a bit when they get older

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  4. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    I wouldn't get one from the pet store. We had 3 separate guinea pigs who all died and we got them from the pet store. I got my other two from a breeder and they didn't have any health problems. If your guinea pig will be having a lot of time with your daughter having just one may be ok. But if not I would get 2. My daughter used to always play with them but now a while later it will be a couple days before she plays with them. They are very social animals. You may want to build a c&c cage as its a lot bigger for them and cheaper than the pet store ones. I can send you a pic of mine. They poop a lot! So be prepared. Lol
  5. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Thanks everyone. We are definitely going to just start with one and see how it goes. I'm having a hard time finding a breeder, but I am looking. Still waiting to hear back from the rescue.
  6. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    as long as it gets plenty of attention it should do fine by itself... however if you plan to have more than one, getting them at the same time will help them get along.... you can sometimes have pigs that will fight if they are added later in time... we had to end of separating and getting rid of one of our males because he kept injuring one of the older pigs.
  7. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Good luck on the piggies.

    As a general rule, guinea pigs are social animals and it is preferred to have at least two same-sex cagemates. Personally I would go with two female pups with less pushy personalities
  8. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    I had a Guinea pig she was awesome, i got her from a petstore, and she ended up getting cancer at a young age and needed to be put down
  9. SBTlove

    SBTlove Good Dog

    Thoughts on converting a small wire dog cage into a guinea pig habitat? Someone suggested it to me that instead of spending the money on a small guinea pig cage to convert an actual dog cage to give them more room. Any tips. I'd fear the pig would try to squeeze out and get hurt or choked or worse.....but if it could be safely converted with minor alterations. Might not be a bad idea.
  10. Makena95GT

    Makena95GT Puppy

    Depending on how big the pig is as well as how wide the openings between the wire is. Its not unheard of. Have multiple customers wanting to do that. Though there is a fairly large cage at PetSmart that comes with the water bottle.. Bowl.. Bedding sample.. And food for just under $70

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  11. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    Here is my c&c cage. About 50 bucks to make.

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