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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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?

please reply
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.!!!!(:
Nyka Arielle Cabutotan - 2012-07-18
Nice but our american shorthair guinea pig has six babies! It's our first time to see it and they are like hamsters!

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Diana Mautino - 2012-06-26
I have 10 rescue guinea pigs. I keep the females in one room and the males in another. I put down tarp and then I cover with towels and I have all kinds of houses and toys and climbing things. They are all very happy.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-27
    That's a houseful.  Have fun
brooke - 2011-12-28
I am looking into getting a american guinea pig but I have no idea how big it gets and how much it should weigh when it is an adult please help I'm desperate

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-29
    They aren't very big. They usually grow to about 8 - 9 inches and just a little bigger than the palm of you hand. You usually see them pretty much full grown in the pet stores if that helps.
  • tiara - 2012-02-17
    I have a guinea pig named whiskers. Mine is an American Guinea Pig. I had him for 2 years and he is still little but just getting fat and he is very healthy and active. It all depends on the cage size(meaning small cage=big cavy)(big cage = little cavy)
  • Maeve - 2012-05-23
    One of ours is 1 k and th other is 1 k 200 g
steven - 2012-05-08
I just got a Guinea pig today and I love her! I hope I don't lose interest! What kinds of household snacks do they like? Can they eat dry cereals?

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  • lugdegbt - 2012-05-18
    i don't think they can!
  • Maeve - 2012-05-23
    Well, They can corn flakes, but not that many at a time!
Maeve - 2012-05-23
We have 2 female guineas and they are the most placid things ever! They are 3 years old. Star is ginger and white, shes the fatter one, Sparkle is tri colour and is shyer. We love them to bits and I would reccomend American guinea pigs to anyone!!!!

nm123 - 2012-01-17
My friends said her daughters guinea pig had an operation to take some tumers out inside her guinea pig her Mom said the docter gave them medicine to help it regain its health but now after a few weeks its health has not improved and the guinea pig just wants to relax and not run around like it normally did before this has been happening for about 7 weeks now and it is eating but its just not as active as it was before the operation.

is this the cause of old age or is it the medication?

please get back to me asap

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-17
    It could be the little fella is just getting older or possibly the medication made him a little sick. If he is getting around and eating and poop looks normal, that is about all you can do. Hopefully, he feels better in a little while.
  • lucy - 2012-05-18
    yes probably because of old age just check in at your local vet to find out
Ginny - 2008-06-03
My son received a long haired guinea pig for his 7th birthday last week. We are finding that guinea pigs are more work that we imagined. Based on your experiences, we wonder,should we take the long-haired piggie back and exchange him for a short haired breed before he gets to attached.

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  • Lucy Lemon - 2012-04-03
    No need to send the guinea pig back; just give it a haircut! To send the poor pig back would potentially destroy its ability to trust humans for the rest of its life. So, the easy solution is give the pig a haircut and groom it once a week. NOTE: even short haired guinea pigs should be groomed once a week to develop a bond, check for health problems and keep its coat clean!
nm123 - 2012-01-19

Michael - 2011-12-22
I had a Guinea Pig when I was younger and now my daughter has followed the same interest as I have in them. I got one about three months ago and I'm picking up another one this evening. They are a great pet for kids. I'm thinking of breeding the two.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-22
    They are fun and enjoyable pets to have. If you wish to breed, you might want to think about where the little ones are going to go. It is hard to have a houseful.
  • bryanna - 2012-01-17
    Hi I'm Bryanna and I would like to know if the guinea pig is for sale. If it is then could you please email me my address is