Animal Stories - Abyssinian Guinea Pig

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   You may think the Abyssinian Guinea Pig is having a 'bad hair day', but it is the unique coat that makes this guinea pig stand out!
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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.
Deborah Getzler Munoz - 2013-01-25
We got a male abyssinian 9 days ago, he is cute, chutts a lot = their way of talking. He likes to be held and given veggie treat - lettuce, loves cilantro and spinach and carrots. He is kinda messy- trying to train him to use a litter box. Has anyone had any luck with this?

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  • joe sanders - 2013-07-18
    It is normal just do your daily care and it's fine to just do a spot clean every day or very often.
Amy and Kaos - 2013-04-25
A month or two ago, I bought a pregnant guinea pig. At the time I didn't know she was pregnant, but about 3 weeks later she had one healthy baby pig. The mother, Amy, is a standard American short hair, but the baby was born an Abyssinian. I named her Kaos after her fur :) but she's very adamant about not being held. I can pet her, but as soon as I pick her up she goes crazy. She kicks and claws and pulls and screams. I really want her to grow to love and trust me, what should I do?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-25
    It sounds like she is still very young, so there is a lot of time for you to bond with her! Just continue to have patience, pet her everyday and gently pick her up every day. She will most likely calm down and learn to enjoy human interaction, it will just take time.
Kelley - 2012-12-22
I keep reading that my pig needs a cage mate? We just got our cute little guy yesterday but now im thinking we should have gotten two. Any thoughts??? thanks so much!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-22
    These guys do enjoy company.  Having two will give them some entertainment when you can not provide it.  So I guess it really depends on how much time you have to be with your pig.
  • Melissa Murray - 2013-03-10
    Did you get a second Guinea? Our guinea looks identical to the one in the Abyssinian photo... we have been strongly considering a cage mate but are not sure if the cage size will accommodate two piggies!
Timm Clark - 2013-01-04
I have two baby male abyssinian guinea pigs witch i breeded from a abyssinian and an all black guinea pig with a cowlick on his head, also my guinea pig had two female guinea pigs one is white crusted and has a white foot, and the other is an all black like the father. The babies are mostly all black with a little white. Can you help me i dont know how much to sale the 4 babies for.

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  • Ashley - 2013-03-05
    Timm Clark I have been looking for 2 baby abyssinian girls id pay $25 apiece
Judy - 2012-11-30
I had one of these guinea pigs and his name was Bear, because his hair was so wild! He was the smartest pet I have had. You could say Bear give me a kiss and he would stick his little head out of the cage and kiss you!! If your looking for a loving, cool pet.. you should get one of these! They are so awesome!

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  • Kelley - 2012-12-22
    HI, We just bought our first pig! So cute! I keep reading that they need a cage mate? My plan is to give all the attention he needs but I am getting nervous now that maybe we should have bought two. Any suggestions?
  • renee - 2012-12-24
    guinea pigs can be ok without a cage mate provided they spend alot of time with you. They are very social and love attention and interaction.
  • dani - 2013-01-14
    All my guinea pigs do is purr, and I have four babies.
guinea pig - 2012-12-29
i just got my guinea pig he seems real neves and he poops alot i wanted to know if that is normal

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-29
    It is perfectly normal.  They get nervous easily when re-homed.  Will settle down quickly!
Me - 2012-07-24
I really want to get an abyssinian guinea pig!!!! My parents won't let me though. Is there a way that I could convince to let me?! I really really want one because I feel like I would be willing to take responsibilty and I would even be willing to pay for it!! Can you please also tell me what I would need to buy to care for the abyssinian? Okay thank you lots!!(:

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-25
    Before you purchase a little guinea pig, I would definitely reccomend that your purchase a book on Guinea Pigs - their care, their housing and feeding.  Read the whole book so you know how to care for the little fella.  The book will tell you everything you need from grooming brush (if required) to his safe place (some say cage), toys, food per week and cleaning and vet care (if required).  You can do some homework and find out the cost of a cage, cost of the little furry fella, cost of food and realize you would have to save up not only for the furry fella but also the safe place and toys.  How much time do they require per day in play and in cleaning out their cage.  How much does bedding cost?  So now you would know what all the costs are before you purchase a abyssian and I would add up all the costs and see what the total is.  Then you would know how much time it would take per day to play with and clean out the cage.  You would also know the costs of feeding and bedding that you will have per week.  Then you can decide if you are willing to pay for all the costs and willing to spend the time taking care of it and cleaning up after it for a number of years.  If the answer is yes, you can take all your costs and show your parents and show them the book you read and show them how you are going to be able to pay for it and care for it and then ask them if you can have an absysinian.  I know this sounds like a lot of work but you need to do it anyway because you would want your little guy to be healthy and happy.  You need to know everything about caring for him and the costs associated with purchasing one before you do it.  Hope this helps.  Good luck.
HJ - 2012-09-04
We just got our new guinea pig, 'Leo', and he is an Abyssinian. He is my first guinea pig and will not be our last. Pet stores have so much for them as well, you can spoil them at a descent price. They are really cuddly, lovable animals if that is what you are looking for. It is rare they bite, and are great for smaller kids. We did a little research before getting Leo, but I hope everyone enjoys their Guinea Pig, we sure do. :)

Untold - 2012-08-23
I really want an Abyssinian for my bday. I have a little sister and she would love her too. My parents are a little worried about the smell and responsibility. How do I prove them wrong? Please reply fast!

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  • gianna - 2012-09-02
    Well, guinea pigs don't stink at all. if you get a male they might a little, but its a slight scent. Guinea pigs are a big responsibility, if you are looking for just 1 you have to make sure you give him/her a lot of attention. its best to get 2, but if can just get 1 that's perfectly fine. -MAKE SURE YOU LOOK UP THE INFORMATION FOR GUINEA PIGS- thanks!