Getting A Guinea Pig Tommorow! (advice Needed)

marahallie

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Any tips or advice for me? This will be my first time owning a Guinea Pig, but not a rodent.
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Check out some of the stickies at the top of the varying pages, where you will find great info on feeding, housing and cage size minimums, need-to-know health info, and basic behavioral information. These sticky guides are really useful! How many pigs are you looking into getting? Guinea pigs are social and are much happier in same-sex pairs than they are alone. What are your options as far as acquiring them? Rescues? Pet stores? Rescues are great and give an animal in need a new home, plus you will not end up with a pregnant pet or a missexed pair that will end up producing babies. That said, I know firsthand that rescues are not available in all areas. If you are buying from a pet shop, take a good look for health issues- runny nose, eye discharge, lethargy, scratching, patchy fur, flaky skin, etc. Unfortunately some pet stores will sell sick animals. Also make sure that different genders are housed separately, as some pet stores don't separate males from females and, since guinea pigs can breed as young as 3 or 4 weeks of age, you will have a high probably of bringing home a pregnant female if this is the case. Hope this helps a bit! Best wishes!
 

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You've already done one of the best things you can do. - joined this forum. I've only been a member for a few weeks and I thought I knew a lot about piggies, but the advice, support and ideas these guys give you is like having an expert sitting beside you. I've said it before and I'll say it again. - thanks so much x
 

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You've already done one of the best things you can do. - joined this forum. I've only been a member for a few weeks and I thought I knew a lot about piggies, but the advice, support and ideas these guys give you is like having an expert sitting beside you. I've said it before and I'll say it again. - thanks so much x
Yes this! Much friendlier than some other forums too. :D
 

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My two biggest tips would be not to get just one and to give them time to settle before trying to handle and bond with. In regards to getting pairs, if you aren't getting them from a rescue make sure you are happy checking their sexes as unfortunately many pet shops and breeders sell mixed pairs and you'll end up overrun with mini pigs. A reputable rescue is the best route as you'll know they have been well matched/bonded so less chance of fall out
 
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