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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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
em - 2011-11-28
I think I am getting a guinea pig for christmas!! I have done a ton of research on them!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    Good, hope Santa brings one for you and yes, research them - it is a good thing.
Lucy Lemon - 2011-11-20
We're getting guinea pigs soon, but should I get 2 boys or 2 girls?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-21
    I'd go for two gals. The male urine is stronger and actually no major problem but boys will be boys.
  • Terry Morris - 2011-11-24
    I currently have 4 males and 3 females. At a young age you will be able to house 2 males or 2 females together. However I found that as my cavies started to get to between 6 months and a year the males had to be seperated. This is fine if you don't mind cleaning two cages. Two of my three females still live together and get along just fine (they actually play with each other on a daily basis). Other than the issue dealing with the number of cages you intend to have you will not be able to place the two males together for any length of time unsupervised as they will fight for dominance (and they can be rather agressive I found out). So if cages are not an issue and you don't plan to have them together you can go either way but if you are getting them to play together and / or only want one cage go with the females.
Mal - 2009-11-28
im gonna get a guinea pig any tips? im getting a tourtishell! any tips? i cant wait.

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  • cayla - 2011-10-04
    Just remember when you get your guinea pig leave it in the cage for three days by itself, let it get used to its new home and they like to be where everyone else is so they can see you every second they don't like to be alone I have a guinea pig and he is the sweetest thing his name is butter scotch and I love him but he is really fat he loves watermelon that's his favorite I hope you have fun with your new piggy.
  • catherine muthoni kabogo - 2011-11-13
    I'm catherine muthoni kabogo from HAZZIEDAH FARM HOUSE. We rear animals like guinea pigs, rabbits and reptiles. Contact us using-email rabbit TEL-254714420276-adress-P.O.BOX9O400-800MWINGI