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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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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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jamie - 2012-03-25
Hi we have a skinny pig great little guy.We have him caged with a Chinchilla they get along great.The Chinchilla keeps him nice and warm with his fur.But what I'm wanting to know is I give my Chinchilla a sand bath but is there any way to bath my skinny pig?? Know they can not get very cold and do not want to but them in water if it's not good for them.Just seeing if there;s anyway to clean them??

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  • Jazmyn - 2012-05-24
    All you do it either get a damp baby wipe with aloe or get a luke warm damp cloth and wipe them down
  • Katie - 2012-11-07
    You can bath your skinny pig in the sink. Make sure the water is warm test it with your wrist. Try not to bath it for long as it may get chilled. Use normal small animal shampoo for guinea pigs and rabbits etc. Once done dry softly with a soft towel as fast as you can without hurting it. Once you have done that you will need to put just a bit of normal hand moisturiser on it to make sure the shampoo doesn't dry out its skin. Hope this helps oh btw try not to wet it's head or get water in its ears
  • Tonya Page-Rose - 2013-11-13
    100 percent Coconut oil is the best for skinny pigs! Can be bought at a local grocery store. This not only moistens their skin but removes any dead dry skin as well! I oil my piggies once a week. Sometimes twice if they look a little dry!
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-09
    You can rub them in coconut oil.
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Marie - 2009-12-06
I bought one skinny pig and loved him soooo much I had to have more. I now have several and play with them all. They have similarities but each have their own personality. Love them all! Great for people with allergies and they have no hair to shed on your clothes and furniture~

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  • lisa genner - 2010-02-26
    Hi marie, I am looking to get a skinny pig tomorrow (sat) but I am unsure on how to house him to keep him warm without having the heating on all the time. Can you help? What kind of set up do you have? Can you please email a photo if poss to lisagenner@btinternet.com and info that may help to look after him properly? thanks, lisa
  • AMY - 2010-03-07
    I live in ny could you tell me are there any around here. Hollerhome@hotmail. Com
  • jody - 2010-03-08
    i wish i could have one but i can't have one you are very lucky
  • cheri bowman8 - 2010-03-25
    I have been looking for a pair of skinny pigs for a long time. Do you know where I can find them for sale. I have many other guinea pigs I show them. Can you help me? Thank you.
  • SqueakSpeeddemonbabe - 2014-03-04
    Guinea pigs don't leave much fur on your furniture!
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squeakspeeddemon babe - 2014-03-04
You cannot put them in a small fish tank as they need to run around!

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emma - 2014-03-01
Hey people my name is Emma and it's my mate 17th soon and she really wants a skinny pig. I live in Leicester so if anyone is selling one please contact me.

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