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scott - 2014-07-03
I recently adopted a Guinea pig, though I don't know how his previous owners treated him as his nails are almost an inch in length. I am worried for my lil friend. How or what do I do please help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    It sounds like his nails need to be clipped. Their nails, like ours, continually grow though they are usually worn down naturally if the guinea pig gets out for regular exercise.

    You can take him to a vet to have the nails trimmed, or you can get small animal nail clippers at a pet store and do it yourself. Be careful though, not to trim too far down and into the 'quick' (blood vein in the lower part of the nail). Because the quick will have extended far down into the nail, I suggest you only clip just a little off at a time, and then do a bit more a couple days later. As you do this, the quick will recede towards the foot and then its safe to clip the tip of the nail again. If you cut too deep (into the quick) the nail will bleed. You can get Quick Stop at a pet store, which will quickly help stop the bleeding. A second option is to use some corn meal. Corn meal isn't quite as good, but it does also help stop the bleeding.  Once you have the nails at the desired length, clip them on a monthly basis or as needed.
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Rithy odom - 2014-07-12
I introduced my pigs to each other, a male Abyssinian and A female short hair, but they won't have any babies

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Shannon Courtney - 2014-04-09
Help! I honestly can't have two guinea pigs! I feel really sad about it but I can't have two, only one so what should I do if it gets lonely? Please Help!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    Just plan on spending as much time as you possibly can with it when you are home! Why can't you have two? Could you get a rabbit instead? Rabbits and guinea pigs often make good companions!
  • annie - 2014-04-18
    Well Shannon I have the same problem but I got an answer: play with your guinea pig and give your guinea pig something to play with while you take a break from your guinea pig, hope I helped :)
  • Hashtag - 2014-07-07
    I am getting a guinea pig and have read on a website that getting a teddy bear can stop your guinea pig getting lonely.
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Lily Richards - 2014-07-05
Hi I'm Lily. I am only eleven and I really want to get a guinea pig. I have researched them and know how to take care of them because I babysit other peoples pigs. I am very sure I want to get one…. but I don't know which one I would like to get, American or Abyssinian? I would like them to be friendly and be okay with cuddling….but not super noisy or smelly. Have any advice? Please respond. ps: I am looking for a decent guinea pig cage for $15 or less…..anybody know where I could get one? Thanks for reading, bye!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Guinea Pigs are great pets, no matter what breed you get, and it sounds like you are going to be a good keeper for one. Check with your local pet store, guinea pigs are just about alway available, and they should have a variety to choose from. Pick the one that attracts you the most, just keep in mind that if it is a long-haired type, it will need regular grooming (which is fun too!).
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Delores Moreau - 2013-09-06
I have an albino abyssinain guinea pig named Blizzard. He is about 3 or 4 years old. I have 2 other guinea pigs. They are all in separate cages. No matter what I do Blizzard always messes up his cage long before the others do. I think he is bored and so he plays with his water. The cage always gets really wet. I have replaced the bottle several times. I have tried many different things to keep him content. Is this behavior specific to this breed?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    He sounds quite rambunctious and I'm inclined to think it's just the personality of that guinea pig.
  • No one - 2014-06-04
    I think your guinea pig is bored and he needs something to do so he plays with his water and well messes up his cage.
  • zoey howards - 2014-07-05
    Yes this behavior is specific to this breed. Abyssinian guinea pigs are often known for being mischievous and clowning around.
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Lana - 2014-05-18
I have an Abyssinian female around 3 years old, her past owner's didn't treat her well. I have had her for a while now and think we have bonded. I would really like to train her to come when I call her name but I don't know how, any tips?:-)

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  • Mariana Jimenez - 2014-06-19
    I live in LA and it's hard for me to find an Abyssinian guinea pig. Any ideas where I can possibly get one?
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GARY - 2011-01-16
How long do skinny pigs live?

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  • anonymouse - 2011-07-01
    5-6 years. Mine died in about 10 months though ):
  • penny - 2014-06-03
    I think its about 6 years that skinny guinea pigs live.
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Jennifer - 2010-05-01
I have an abyssinian guinea pig and his name is Spicy. He lives up to his name.
I have him trained to go into a cuddle cup when I am going to pick up to move him out of his cage to let him play. I put it down on the ground and he hops right in to go back. I also taught him to give kisses. I say can I get a kiss and he lifts his snout if he is in the mood.


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  • Sara - 2010-07-17
    Hello Jennifer,
    It sounds like you know heaps about Abyssinian Guinea Pigs, and I need a lot of idea's of how to keep one. I might be buying one next year and I need all the help I can get. I'm scared it won't like me or will run away, or poo a lot in my house, and then my house will get all smelly and mum won't like that!
    Any help?

    Sara, age 10
  • Anonymous - 2014-05-18
    Deer Sarah don't be scared of the gp not liking you it will be nervous at first but if you spend time with it, it should bond with you:-) You will have to clean it's cage around once a week, also you should do lots of research on the breed before buying it and properly consider a cage mate (OF THE SAME SEX):-) :-)
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jessica - 2004-07-31
When i was about 9 years old, i got a baby female guinea pig. I named her Mollie just for the heck of it. She is an abbi-haired guinea pig. I already had an elderly guinea pig named Gorjet. I got her and rescued her from an irresponsible adult. I am a kid and took better care of her. Then she died and Mollie is about 3-4 years old. Now that mollie needs a friend, I am going to get her two little friends named Spunky and Abbi. She is going to love it. I am even more. If my mom would let me, and we had enough money, I would take every gp in the rescues, shelters, and petshops. When I get older I am going to be a guinea pig breeder, and a darn good one too.

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  • brooke - 2013-05-18
    I am 10 but I got my guinea pig when I was 9 to. I have a female she Is 1. I named her Sammy. Bye now thx for reading ;) aka Morgan
  • Sara - 2014-05-12
    Please read up on guinea pig breeding. Many guinea pigs in shelters come from very responsible breeders who give their pigs to 'good homes'. These people dump their pigs in a shelter after a couple of months. Many female pigs don't survive birth. It is a 20% death rate. Also, what happens if you get to man babies to handle? Or one is born with birth defects? Will you pay for the cost of the almost dead pig? Guinea pigs cost alot too. Are you really willing to pay thousands of dollars every year? Do you have time for a newborn liter if the mom dies? My grand mother and mother went through this. They said the saddest part was seeing the newborn guinea pigs watch their mother die. Would you be ready for this? I am twelve and I am doing a project. Please take this comment into consideration.
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Emily - 2010-02-14
I got a baby satin teddy bear guinea pig. She is not nearly as social as my american guinea pig, but I love her just the same. She has soft shiny fur and is carmel colored.

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  • Lois - 2010-10-24
    Where did you find her? I am looking for one for a pet for my daughter.
  • annie - 2014-04-18
    I'm getting a teddy and if my parents think I am over responsible I get 2, awesome. My first one's going to be called snickers and for my second Ginny from harry potter.
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