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Eleanor - 2007-04-02
The basics about the care of guinea pigs:

Guinea pigs need at least five hours every day on grass in a reasonably sized, covered partially (with plastic or wood; for shade and for protection) chicken wire run, regardless if it's rainy or sunny. It's essential to put a small box with woodshavings and hay inside the run, so they can sleep during the daytime.
At night, you may choose whether to have a large outdoor cage, or a large box in the house to house your guinea pigs in. Indoor cags can be obtained, but these are rarely big enough for the guinea pig, and are widely impractical. In any case, shelter should have the essentials;
newspaper/magazines- to absorb any leakage or liquid waste.
woodshavings- to absorb any liquid. These should thickly cover the newspaper.
Hay- bedeck shelter with this bedding material in excess. This is a staple food, bedding, and even toy for guinea pigs.
Food bowl- containing plenty of fresh dry food.
Selection of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Food plays a large part in your guinea pigs life. Hay, grass, dry food, and carrots are needed in large amounts by any domestic guinea pig. (water is not neccesary, contrary to popular belief. Guinea pigs often do not utilise water bottles or water bowls; instead, source their water from foods such as tomato, lettuce, celery, or cucumber- guinea pigs will respond enthusiasticly to these in comparison with other hydrating techniques.)
Fresh food that is great for guinea pigs includes-
carrots, apple, pear, clery, sprouts, cabbage, turnip, grass, lettuce, leaves, plum, berries, etcetera.
You'll find that guinea pigs have wise judgement, and won't go near anything that they don't like or that is remotely harmful to them. Some guinea pigs are very fussy with food; don't indulge them in their fussiness, as this will lead to later inconveniences and fussy preferences. Instead, give them as much of that particular food as you would under usual circumstances; they will then eat it gladly and get used to it, whilst being well nourished. Of course, be sure to accurately draw the line between giving them harmful food as opposed to food that they simply don't like.
Give them three choices of fresh food every evening, and refill their food bowl with dry food whenever the level goes past halfway down the bowl. Some brands of dry food which I find appealing to guinea pigs are
Supa Guinea dry food
Wagg Guinea pig
Gerty Guinea pig dry food
Brush your guinea pig's coat every week, and bathe them gently every two months to mantain ultimate standards for your guinea pig's looks.
Guinea pig brushes can easily be bought from a local pet shop, but a large toothbrush or soft bristle brush will be equally substantial.
To bath a guinea pig;
A guinea pig can be bathed in either a full size bath, a sink, or a basin.
It would be unhygienic to bath guinea pigs in a sink, but would give them added security to be bathed in a small space.
Basins are ideal, since they comfort the guinea pig because of its confined space, and are clean for guinea pigs to use.
A bath will be good for releasing guinea pig's pent up energy, but they'll be more frightened in such a large space, it will waste water, and be unhygienic.
Guinea pigs will be scared during bathtime, and will often try to either jump out or cling onto one's hand. This is no cause for concern. They will recover completely if placed in a warm, comforting hay box with plently of care, attention, and special treat foods, such as banana (don't give them this as a regular food, as it doesn't wear down their teeth well enough, and is too sweet for them to eat on a regular basis).
First, buy some guinea pig shampoo/ mild tea tree shampoo fro any chemist's or pet shop. Hsve a large, fluffy towel ready, and a brush.
Fill the {basin} {3/4} of the way full (depending on the size of the guinea pig) with tepid water. Place the guinea pig in it gently, yet firmly. Lather your guinea pigs coat with a small squeeze of shampoo. Do not lather any further then the ears, and take especial care not to get any soap in the mouth, eyes, ears, or nose. Rinse with plenty of warm water so that no soap suds or traces of shampoo are left in his coat. Lift the guinea pig out, onto a towel, and roll it around him, so that it looks like an Egyptian mummy. This covers his fur evenly on all sides, and makes him feel protected. Cuddle your guinea pig, stroke it, rub him gently, and talk to it comfortingly. This will put your guinea pig at ease.
Most guinea pigs love to be brushed after their bath, but some will sqeauk with the unfamiliar sensation. More often the not, you will not be hurting your guinea pig as you are brushing him. Brush with steady, even strokes that sopan the length of his body.
Finally, guinea pigs need to be paid much attention. They must be handled, stroked, and talked to, every day. This developes their sociable tendencies and affectionate nature. If you get to know your guinea pig well enough, it will feel comfortable enough to run towards you, purr, or sqeauk when it sees or hears you; it will fall asleep on your lap; it will take food from you; it won't be scared of you; it will recognize you; it will lick you, and, most importantly, develop a relationship with you.

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Eleanor - 2007-04-02
The first thing you should know about taking guinea pigs is responsibility. They respond to everything, and you have to protect them from the bad things. If you aren't entirely sure that you can take fantastic care of them, don't get any. Really, They aren't just small animals. In that rescpect, they are maybe even harder to take care of then one of the most popular animals, like a cat or dog.

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Jessica Bortle - 2007-03-19
I had to figure out some facts about guinea pigs for homework and this website is a great place to research all animals!

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Sophie - 2007-03-09
I looked after a beautiful Guinea pig called Elmo for a week, whilst her owner was on holiday. I loved Elmo and she got on very well with one of my rabbits gizmo. I also have friends who have a number of guinea pigs. I get on with them really well and they are the perfect pet, because they dont bite or scratch and seem to purr when you stroke them. They are absolutely adorable and I would love to have two of my own, I just need to beg my dad to let me get them :D XxXxX-- to all Cavy lovers out there

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Sammy - 2007-03-07
when ever i sweep my room Shadow plays tag, chases it around the room playing "tag"!. Shadow is all brown and very friendly. My other guinea pig, Cookie, is white with a brown ring around its belly, but she is so shy. I love my guinea pigs

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Rachel Wilton - 2007-02-26
I have two male guinea pigs and very surprised how people say they make excellent pets for children - mine were handled every day by myself - looked after well and kept mite free - yet they nipped constantly and my daughter grew scared to touch them. Ive owned all sorts of animals, rats and lop eared rabbits. I would never get guinea pigs again they are far too nervous.

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vanessa - 2007-02-20
I had a male guinea pig named simba. He was very healthy and happy, but i got a call from my mom saying that he wouldn't eat. So we took him to the vet only to find out that he had pneumonia. The nurse gave him a medication and we thought he would make it, but he died in my arms an hour later.(2003-2004). One year later we got a female guinea pig and named her Nalla. She is two years old and will be three on october 2, 2007.

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vanessa♥ - 2007-02-20
Hi i have one guine pig named Nalla. I talked about her a little in my other comment but not alot so... she is two going on three and she is the cutiest thing in the world. She is black white and brown. Her face is black with a little bit of brown next to her right eye. Two of her feet are black and the other two are white. One ear is brown and the other is black. On her belly it is like curella deval, one side is white and the other is black(going vertical). The upper part of her back is black and a small part is brown. Then it fads into white and then the middle of her back is black, finishing with a white behind. I hope she lives for a long time because i am really attached to her. :) I LOVE GUINEA PIGS :)

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shola - 2007-02-19
Hi, my brother and I have a male guinea pig each. they are called thunderpoo and lightening. they are so cute and cuddly and love lots of cuddles and attention. they eat LOADS of fresh fruit and vegatables and we cannot wait until summer when we can build them a big run outside with lots of tunnels and games to keep them amused.

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allie - 2007-02-16
I have two guinea pgis named Elvis and Peanut. I got Elvis first from a pet store, and then adopted Peanut from a friend whose guinea pigs had babies. Make sure to check your guinea pig`s gender before you add another guinea pig to the mix. Pet stores are often wrong in identifiying whether the pig is male or female, so take the pig to the vet.

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