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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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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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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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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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.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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.
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