Animal Stories - American Guinea Pig

Animal-World Information about: American Guinea Pig

   The fabulous docile "Guinea Pig" is neither a pig nor is it from Guinea!
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Joy - 2014-09-13
I have four and I want to know way to keep my guinea pig litter dry because every time they drink out of a water bottle it leaks and I am afraid of letting them drink out of the bowl because they have one or two babies in the cage I don't want babies to drown supposed to do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-14
    You may want to get another water bottle, but a tip, don't use cold water. Tepid water tends to not leak as readily whereas cold water often will.
Rachel - 2008-01-01
Your site is very helpful - thank you! Just a quick note on Vitamin C, I have had guinea pigs since I was young. My very first guinea pig, Brownie, became sick due to vitamin C definciency. I brought him to the vets who told me to give him orange juice and gave him about 4 months to live. I not only put the OJ in his water bottle daily but taught him to drink the juice out of a bowl. He loved it and lived a good 2 years longer than the vet forcasted. I adopted him as an adult so I am not sure of his exact age when he died. Every guinea pig since then has been on "OJ". You obviously can't keep it very long in a water bottle because it will sour but if you get the guinea pig to drink out of a bowl, he will drink it as a "treat", even variations of the juice like orange/banana, etc. Just make sure it is pure juice and not sugar.

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  • Joy - 2014-09-13
    I have four guinea pigs and I don't know why but for the past two litters my female his head either all or almost all the baby's die
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!).
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.
Anonymous - 2013-07-13
I don't have a guinea pig but I love them. I have a baby boy hamster named Rory, before we got Rory my sister had a girl hamster named Creamy. I love animals and want to be a vet when I am older. I want to be a vet and hamster/ guinea pig breeder.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-14
    A veterinarian is an awesome thing to be when you grow up! Good luck and don't give up!
  • yolanda - 2014-01-17
    i love this animal
Leslie - 2013-06-14
I have A Guinea Pig Named Chloe. Just To Note That Guinea Pigs Should Have The Proper Bedding. Pine Hurts There Feet, Carefresh Makes IT Smell, Aspen Has Dust,Fleece Stinks! I Strongly Would NOT Recommend IT. I Use Recycled Paper Bedding And IT Last A Long Time. Thanks For Reading!

Amigo - 2012-12-28
Are guinea pigs easy to litter box train? I want to get one but need it to be at least mostly trained. Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-28
    They are actually fairly easy to train as long as you are consistant.
  • Susie - 2013-02-28
    Amigo, No they are not easy to litter box train! It is very difficult to get a guinea pig to poo in one place and virtually impossible to train them to poo in a litter box. Any owner will tell you that they go everywhere! Don't get a guinea pig if you're not prepared to clean up the mess. You need to be fully aware of what you are letting yourself in for before committing to any pet. A pet is for life and is a big commitment.
  • chelsea - 2013-03-20
    My sister and I share two guinea pigs and have no problem cleaning up after them. We spot clean about every other day and fully clean the cage on Sunday.
Maria Gilbert - 2012-12-23
The American Guinea-pig is an absolutely gorgeous, and extra ordinary creature.

Pj - 2012-01-04
I need to know exactly how much the guiniea pigs are!!!!!

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-01-04
    It varies from place of purchase. Most large pet retailers such as PetSmart, or Petco sell them for $20-30. However, I have found them cheaper at privately owned pet stores for $15.00.
  • dalia garza - 2012-08-14
    Hello my name is Dalia. And I'm a first time breeder with only one cute and adorable guinea pig who I love very very much. My pet guinea pigs name is Bugzie Casper, he's all white with light brown patches on the left side of his but I found out that he's half albino and half kaliko.
emily - 2012-06-02
I'm planning to get a guinea pig. I'm only eleven. I have four fish by the way but I want an animal that can run and play with me. Should I get one?

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thank you

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  • emily - 2012-06-02
    PS: I live in a apartment i forgot to add that to my comment.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-02
    A little guinea pig can be a really great pet and lots of fun. If you get one, it would be up to you to take care of. Just like your mom took care of you when you were really little, you would have to take care of your little guinea pig because it is really little and can't take care of itself. It is a good apartment pet but you have to clean the cage a little every day and then real well a couple times a week. You have to make sure he has food and fresh water. You have to hold him and play with him and talk to him and tell him stories. Of course you can tell him all your secets cuz he won't tell anyone ever. So if you are willing to clean the cage, feed and water the little fella and care for him - I think it would make a real good pet.
  • Anonymous - 2012-08-05
    I am also eleven and I am getting a guinea pig what kind would you recommend
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-05
    Get whatever guinea pig that likes you the best.
  • Kimberly - 2012-08-12
    Hello, I am 14 years old I have 3 guinea pigs. They are very loving. I have an Abyssinian, an American, and an American-silky. If you would like to comb/brush your guinea pigs hair I would recomend a silky or there are plenty of other breeds with long hair but if you don't really plan on taking care of it's hair besides bathing them then an American is best(: I love guinea pigs. Mine don't really run and play they like to lay down and be lazy and cuddle and that's about it. But you should look up all the different types of breeds and see what fits your personality. Since your a first time handler I think you should start out with a mellow guinea pig first, but that is my opinion but they are VERY loving. You just have to take care of them and interact with them a lot and stuff.  Hope you find a new best friend soon! Enjoy your guinea pig.!!!!(: