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Whitney - 2010-04-23
I notice that sometimes my skinny pig eats its fecal matter, what causes this and is that normal?

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  • Guinea Pig Breeder - 2010-04-29
    Yes, it is common.
    They eat it because it is completely full of vitamins.
  • Mary - 2010-08-11
    Yes, it's normal. The pig eats then poops. There is still a lot of nutrition in the poops. I had a skinny pig when they first became available. I loved little Sydney very much. He developed kidney stones, was operated on but died a month later. Too much for his little system. I have not seen any skinny pigs for sale since. I have a regular one now, Snapple, a real cutie.
  • Erin - 2010-12-20
    It is completely normal. Guinea pigs digestive track is simple and passes food through it quickly and is therefore not completely digested. They eat their feces because it is still about 50% food. Ever noticed how the poop looks a lot like the food? It is! :)
  • Janell - 2011-05-17
    If you are still looking for a skinny pig, I just recently purchased two and I will be breeding them. If you would like a baby, please conatct me at lifenutrition2002@yahoo.com and I will let you know! Thanks :)
    Also, if anybody wants to give me information (facts) about skinny pigs, breeding habits, etc...., that would be great as I am still researching and want to learn everything about them! We love them very much!
  • cindy hunt - 2011-10-25
    I agree with the above answers. The 'big' word for eating ones poops is corprophageous. It's easier to say eats poops!!! LOL
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Lisa - 2011-01-05
We recently (two weeks ago) purchased a young guinea pig from the pet store for my ten year old daughter. Caramel does not like to be held and tries to nip and bite when we do hold her, rearing her head to butt my hand away. I read it is important to hold them often when young. I have to chase her around the cage to pick her up which I am sure is upsetting to her. She loves her playpen (just hard to get her in there if I can't pick her up), lettuce and peppers. We try giving her treats when holding her but that hasn't helped. Should we wait for her to be willing to be held or should I continue chasing her and force holding her and hope she gets used to it? Thanks.

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  • melii - 2011-06-08
    I think you should ask a vet. You should probably take the guinea pig with you and the vet will tell you what to do. Don't force her though because she will be angry when she smells and sees you and that will be bad because she will become scared of you. I think you should pet her first to show her that you won"t harm her or him. Hope that was helpful!! =D
  • Jazz Ojou Allen - 2011-06-13
    Girl, I am having the same problem with my Huey. I got her yesterday and she still acts like she's afraid of me. I'm hoping she'll get used to my presence but it seems to be slow going. I'm hoping she'll warm up to me more after I buy her a companion so she won't be alone
  • Lara Morrow - 2011-09-30
    I had the same thing with our pig when we first got him. The pet stores were all out of pigs so I answered an ad and rescued a young pig from a family who had young kids and no time for him. He was extremely thirsty and hungry when I got him home and painfully shy. We handled him everyday for more than 1 hour at a time. Just holding and petting his fur. After a couple of weeks he started to become much more adjusted to be handled. We have had Milo for about 2 1/2 months. He has grown a lot. Now he squeals like crazy when he hears us approach. He popcorns (jumping) and purrs. If I open his cage door he comes to me so I can pet him or give him timothy hay. He still runs if I go to grab him. That is just a natural instinct. He is fine once I hold him. He licks me and LOVES to be scratched under his chin.
    I had an albino as a teen and never knew how loving and wonderful pigs can be. I do know now that you MUST handle them a lot in order to train them to be more social. They are naturally very social animals. You have heard the saying, after 2 weeks it becomes a habit. Use that in this instance. Handle, hold and pet the piggy every day. You will notice a different pet very soon. Good luck
  • cayla - 2011-10-04
    Maybe you should leave it alone for about 3 days and if it starts coming to you and everything you should be okay.
  • Allison - 2011-10-14
    You just need to give him or her TIME ... Adjustment is needed. Think of how scared YOU would be if all of sudden you were in a New Place with New people and New smells and New food etc.
    Give it TIME ... but still put your hand in often and offer to pet him and be gentle and allow him to come to you. Do NOT ignore your New Pet for even a Day !! They will most likely always run around and want to be chased when you try to catch them to pick them up - it's just the Nature of the Guinea Pig !! They are Tiny compared to you. But once in your arms they generally calm considerably and love to be held and also love to have their little chins rubbed !! Also they love to be rubbed just between their ears at their Forehead - Just between their eyes. It makes them sleepy. If you make a habit of offering a Treat of fresh Veggies each time you hold him ... I'm certain he will find being held in your Arms a much nicer Place to be than he originally thought. Try putting the Veggies at his Door ! Again - Time is Key !! A few weeks will definitely be needed.
    Patience ... Guinea Pigs are truly the Very Best Little Pets !! Best of Luck and Love to your Little G.P.
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tanya - 2011-05-15
I just got cinnamon two days ago and now I can't stop sneezing. Don't want to let her go but I can't enjoy her like she really needs me to..:(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-15
    Sounds like you're allergic. That would be really hard to keep her. Are you allergic to dogs/cats etc also? Do you know? It seems strange that you would be allergic to a guinea pig - could it be the bedding?
  • cayla - 2011-10-04
    You know what I had oak saw dust and it bothers me I thought it was my piggy but it wasn't I switched to pine and now I'm fine.
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bubblesg - 2011-08-26
Me and my husband adopted our first AB piggy, from my aunt, about a month ago. He named him Choyi. Choyi is the sweetest pet I could've asked for. He's increadibly talkative.. he gives kisses when he's really happy, he'll beg to be picked up n then starts purring. He is soo affectionate and active. He loves to roam around our living room and jump on my niece and I could watch him forever. And it's so sweet sometimes he likes to be hand fed, especially carrots and timothy hay. i just love him.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-08-26
    Glad you're having fun with him
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JennaLynn - 2011-03-02
Haha, I have an American (Walnut) and an Abyssinian (Peanut), and I love both. Although, Walnut is actually quite shy, and Peanut is the more friendly of the two. :)

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  • Lydia Weltha - 2011-06-30
    That was the same with my Guinea Pigs I had a American {Sammie} and an Abyssinian {Spike}. Sammie is shy and Spike is the nice and calm.
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Lydia Weltha - 2011-06-30
I had a guinea pig named Sammie and she died. She started acting weird and stop eating and drinking I know she was sick but does anyone know what it was? Cause my Abyssinian Guinea Pig Spike did the same thing I just want to know? So if I get another one what to do and what it is so I can take her/him to the vet and tell her!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-01
    I am sorry. Guinea pigs usually live 8 - 10 years and it doesn't sound like yours were that old. Guinea Pigs are naturally prey animals and will do whatever to hide the fact they are ill. However, they do stop eating and drinking as the first symptom and it is usually a bacterial infection adn you need to get the little guy to the vet as soon as possible. They do everything they can to hide the fact they are ill. You take it to a vet and tell the ve what is happening and they can do a gram stain and tell what the bacteria is or maybe just treat it with a general purpose antibiotic. I am sorry.
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Annie - 2010-07-28
I have two guinea pigs Reeses and Pumpkin and they are the most adorable pets ever! Reees is a Abyssinian and definitely likes to get herself into things while Pumpkin is a Peruvian and much more laid back and likes to be brushed! Overall they are my girls and I could not ask for better pets!

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  • Lydia Weltha - 2011-06-30
    Well the Peruvian Pumpkin might be sick.
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Dominique - 2011-01-01
I just got Maica she's noisy and rambunctious :) She's is too cute and I can't wait to find out more about her! And I adore her rosettes or "turfs" of hair♥

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  • Lydia Weltha - 2011-06-30
    Make Sure He/She Would Be Happy And Healthy. If They Stop Eating Drinking Or Pooping He Is Sick. To Make Sure That He/She Is Not Sick If Nothing Of That Symptoms Is Involved See How Active He/She Is. If He/She Is Active That Means That It's Healthy. If A Healthy Life They Should Live To 6 Years
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Tina - 2010-11-01
Any advice for a newbie thinking of getting a guinea pig for the family? My son is 9 years old. Found an Abyssinian guinea pig that needs a new home. Any advice on the different breeds before we decide?

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  • Judith - 2011-03-24
    One, supervise your son, kids get tired of the smaller animals very quickly and it may become your responsibility. Also ask the person you are getting the pig from for any vet records. Also an American short haired guinea pig may be a better choice for a younger child. Aby's do not typically like to be stroked as their hair grows in spirals my guess is that it is very irritating to them. And last you should get two find another of the same gender as they are very social animals and are known to die of loneliness.
    Good luck with your future piggy.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-30
    Well A Few Months Ago I Got An Aby And A Diffrent kind of Guinea Pig and they got along pretty well. You might want to observe the Guinea Pig. The more active he/her is is the healthier. It is they are not that big of a responsobuilty all you need to do is make sure he has water in his water bottle or bowl and feed them everyday clean the bowls or bottle everyday and 1 time a week change the chips and take them out once in a while. If he's sick don't take him out. But One thing make sure your vet knows about Guinea Pig Health.
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virginia halbin - 2011-06-23
Guinea pigs make the best pets of the rodant family. They are very smart. My daughters two female are two years old they seem to love their life. We feed them lots of vegies and fruit they love romane lettuce,spinach,carrots,cucumbers,watermellon no seeds,any fruits and veggies with awater crunchy bite. They love people their care givers. They communicate with a high tone squeal kinda like a pig. To address to their matters that they love you. Our guineas live in a 55 gallion fish tank we use cedar chips for bedding it keeps the fleas away. Dalala and Natasia are adorable little pets.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-23
    They are fun and I am glad they are working so well for you. Cuddly things.
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