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My guinea pig has a fourth nail on one of her back paws and I’m wondering if that’s normal.
 

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Could you post a photo please? is there a fourth toe as well?
 

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It’s not normal but also doesn’t need anything done about it. Is your piggy a lone one or lives with another? We’d love to see photos.
 
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She lives alone and she’s going to the vet next Monday for her eyes infections
 

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Ask the vet to take a look at the extra toe, if you are seeing the vet anyway- as @Siikibam says often they are fine left alone but sometimes if the toe isnt properly formed or catches on things it might be better removed. A vet can advise best.
Are you thinking of getting your piggy a friend? Piggies are very social animals and should be kept in pairs or groups!
 
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I want to but I’m not aloud yet but my parents said I can get one next year if I’m good with her
 

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I want to but I’m not aloud yet but my parents said I can get one next year if I’m good with her
Definitely speak to the vet about the toe - as mentioned some can be left, but sometimes surgery is needed.

How old is she?
It’s so important that piggies are with kept in pairs. I understand why your parents would say what they have said, but your piggy, even more so if she is young, really needs a friend now. For a highly social animal such as a guinea pig, having companionship is just as important as any other aspect of their care.
 
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She is 2 months old and once I 100% tame her my mom said I can get another
 

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She is 2 months old and once I 100% tame her my mom said I can get another
She is really too young to be by herself.
I’m afraid you’re unlikely to get her 100% tame - depending on exactly what you mean by that - they are prey animals and will always have that within them and as such most don’t like being touched or picked up - they may tolerate it, but that isn’t the same as being 100% tame . She would however settle in and be less scared much quicker if she had a friend.

It’s obviously your parents decision but when they allowed you to take her on, they signed up to giving her everything she needs and companionship is part of that. There are some guides below which you could perhaps speak to your parents about.
Companionship
Guinea Pig Facts - An Overview
 

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Are your parents currently paying for the pigs upkeep then? Personally I would be using your salary to build up a piggy fund and consider getting a companion pig out of your own money so it is sooner rather than later
 

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Can you do jobs around the house to earn some money to show your parents you're responsible? Explain that you are trying to earn money to help with the on going costs of owning your piggy. Help with hoovering, dusting, emptying the dishwasher etc will be appreciated.
 

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Can you do jobs around the house to earn some money to show your parents you're responsible? Explain that you are trying to earn money to help with the on going costs of owning your piggy. Help with hoovering, dusting, emptying the dishwasher etc will be appreciated.
It would be easier to just get a job as they are over 18
 
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