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Ineedapiggie

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Hey! I've wanted two guinea pigs for a really long time now. But, my parents keep on saying no. I've done everything though. I have written a four page essay all about them, why I want one. They keep on saying that they stink and are really hard work. I know they are but I'm really responsible. I have enough money for them, and I know they don't stink unless you don't change their fleece or bedding. We also are going to be gone for a couple weekends and they say I'm to busy. I really want some and I know everyting about them. Any ideas? Thank you so much for any responses! newborn-300x256.png
 

Merab's Slave

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#2
Sorry @Ineedapiggie, but when you are still dependent on parents you have to go by what they say.
You've done your research - you've made your arguments but it's their call.
Ultimately any pet is their responsibility.
Be patient.
Start saving as piggies can be expensive with vet costs as well as housing, food and bedding.
Show your parents that you can be patient and responsible.
One day - even if you have to wait until you are independent - you will have your piggies.
 

Ineedapiggie

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Thanks so much! @Merab's Slave My parents are letting me babysit a guinea and I could show them that I am really interested and responsible. P.S. Your piggie is sooo cute!
 

Tiamolly123

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Have fun, but Merab is right, vet fees range from 0 if your lucky to hundreds. One of the things you must put to your parents, is are they prepared to pay for the vet bills. You can always work to pay it of.
The reason for this is I know of 2 people that were on this forum, in the above situation. There piggies needed the vet & the parents refused to take them. They died in a painful way i imagine.
So that's pitiful.
There hay is 80% of there food intake. Then you need grainless nuggets & veg & more veg.
You need bedding & something to go under, you need these twice over, so you can have 1 in the cage & one in the cupboard So they have a change of bedding. You need to change there cage every 3 to 4 days. You need to poop scoop & brush the cages out twice a days. Ideally it's better to have them indoors, don't let them get to hot or to cold. If they are indoor pigs you can chat to them, & they will become really tame for you & your family.
If you put them down the garden, despite what you say you'll miss some feeds, won't pick them up or play with them when it's snowing, raining freezing cold
If you have a rescue near you go & volunteer, show your responsible. Good Luck
 
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Flutterby

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If you can't have one at home how about looking into volunteering at a local guinea pig rescue?
 

sport_billy

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hello welcome to the forum.

I am moving this thread to guinea pig chat as the forum gallery is a non postable section
 

Hath

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#10
Hi, I've replied to the other post, too. But want to comment that some piggies do smell more than others and have to be changed daily. I have a pair like that and the cost of bedding climbed to over £20 a week until I worked out what works. So if your parents have issues with the odours, piggies in the house really aren't best idea. It's very difficult to know in advance. Some people can't stand smell of hay in their house, let alone pee and poops... you can show them the cute youtube videos, but reality is different.
Unfortunately, I've seen many pets being given up due to parents not willing to put up with the responsibility or kids losing interest. So unless your parents are 100% with you please don't risk it, it's not worth it.
 

Katiedid

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I’m afraid as a parent it’s their call. We have 5 piggies but I ave recently refused to get a dog for my kids. As a piggy owner because you can’t insure them vets bills are the biggie. We had over £500 worth of vets bills at the end of last year and although I managed it ate into our savings. Like the others I’ve seen parents refuse to go to an out of hours vet ans the pig die horribly. They need to be onboard with all of that.
 

Abi_nurse

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#12
What about fostering for a local rescue?

Also I must echo that they can be extremely expensive in vet bills. Over the past 4 years I've racked up over £4,000 worth of veterinary bills from having 15 piggies. Just make sure your aware of things like this. : ) ultimately it's your parents decision I'm afraid. I had to wait until I was older before I could have piggies. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy them when you do.
 

SunshinePiggy

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A long time ago we used to own 2 guinea pigs but after the recession of 2008 we lost money and we could no longer afford these cute animals. My Parents sold them to a Special Foster Farm which shut down in 2013. The Foster farm houses Guinea Pigs and Bunnies in separate units and they lived in this huge spacious dome shaped house. Anyway I wanted a Guinea Pig as soon as we got stable again but my parents refused because it was too much work. They told me if I saved money for vet fees I could buy the Guinea Pig. So I started earning for a target of 1000 dollars I started at the Age of 10 and it took forever. It took me 6 years until I could get a Guinea Pig.

We had kept the items from the past guinea pigs but a strong windstorm destroyed our shed getting rid of the all the Guinea Pig stuff the day I got it. I had put it in a pet store cage with intentions of putting it in a C&C cage the next day. When I woke up the power was out and we had minor flooding in our 1st floor of the house. When I came out I saw the shed gone and I remember seeing the Canvas hanging on a tree. My parents did cut some slack for me because a Natural Disaster occurred.

My parents told me that I had to work with the Guinea Pig everyday and I became responsible. My Pet helped me become the person I am today back then I cared less about everything but for some reason my Guinea Pig helped me build Character and learn that taking care of something is difficult. I am very attached with Sunshine and I will always check on her when getting home and make sure she's good with no issues.

Anyway that was my story and as everyone else said listen to your parents. It's probably the best thing to do for now maybe you can try later on in the year. Also fostering at a local rescue could also do the trick anyway good luck!
 
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