Animal Stories - American Guinea Pig


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   The fabulous docile "Guinea Pig" is neither a pig nor is it from Guinea!
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Lisa - 2011-01-05
We recently (two weeks ago) purchased a young guinea pig from the pet store for my ten year old daughter. Caramel does not like to be held and tries to nip and bite when we do hold her, rearing her head to butt my hand away. I read it is important to hold them often when young. I have to chase her around the cage to pick her up which I am sure is upsetting to her. She loves her playpen (just hard to get her in there if I can't pick her up), lettuce and peppers. We try giving her treats when holding her but that hasn't helped. Should we wait for her to be willing to be held or should I continue chasing her and force holding her and hope she gets used to it? Thanks.

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  • melii - 2011-06-08
    I think you should ask a vet. You should probably take the guinea pig with you and the vet will tell you what to do. Don't force her though because she will be angry when she smells and sees you and that will be bad because she will become scared of you. I think you should pet her first to show her that you won"t harm her or him. Hope that was helpful!! =D
  • Jazz Ojou Allen - 2011-06-13
    Girl, I am having the same problem with my Huey. I got her yesterday and she still acts like she's afraid of me. I'm hoping she'll get used to my presence but it seems to be slow going. I'm hoping she'll warm up to me more after I buy her a companion so she won't be alone
  • Lara Morrow - 2011-09-30
    I had the same thing with our pig when we first got him. The pet stores were all out of pigs so I answered an ad and rescued a young pig from a family who had young kids and no time for him. He was extremely thirsty and hungry when I got him home and painfully shy. We handled him everyday for more than 1 hour at a time. Just holding and petting his fur. After a couple of weeks he started to become much more adjusted to be handled. We have had Milo for about 2 1/2 months. He has grown a lot. Now he squeals like crazy when he hears us approach. He popcorns (jumping) and purrs. If I open his cage door he comes to me so I can pet him or give him timothy hay. He still runs if I go to grab him. That is just a natural instinct. He is fine once I hold him. He licks me and LOVES to be scratched under his chin.
    I had an albino as a teen and never knew how loving and wonderful pigs can be. I do know now that you MUST handle them a lot in order to train them to be more social. They are naturally very social animals. You have heard the saying, after 2 weeks it becomes a habit. Use that in this instance. Handle, hold and pet the piggy every day. You will notice a different pet very soon. Good luck
  • cayla - 2011-10-04
    Maybe you should leave it alone for about 3 days and if it starts coming to you and everything you should be okay.
  • Allison - 2011-10-14
    You just need to give him or her TIME ... Adjustment is needed. Think of how scared YOU would be if all of sudden you were in a New Place with New people and New smells and New food etc.
    Give it TIME ... but still put your hand in often and offer to pet him and be gentle and allow him to come to you. Do NOT ignore your New Pet for even a Day !! They will most likely always run around and want to be chased when you try to catch them to pick them up - it's just the Nature of the Guinea Pig !! They are Tiny compared to you. But once in your arms they generally calm considerably and love to be held and also love to have their little chins rubbed !! Also they love to be rubbed just between their ears at their Forehead - Just between their eyes. It makes them sleepy. If you make a habit of offering a Treat of fresh Veggies each time you hold him ... I'm certain he will find being held in your Arms a much nicer Place to be than he originally thought. Try putting the Veggies at his Door ! Again - Time is Key !! A few weeks will definitely be needed.
    Patience ... Guinea Pigs are truly the Very Best Little Pets !! Best of Luck and Love to your Little G.P.
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tanya - 2011-05-15
I just got cinnamon two days ago and now I can't stop sneezing. Don't want to let her go but I can't enjoy her like she really needs me to..:(

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-15
    Sounds like you're allergic. That would be really hard to keep her. Are you allergic to dogs/cats etc also? Do you know? It seems strange that you would be allergic to a guinea pig - could it be the bedding?
  • cayla - 2011-10-04
    You know what I had oak saw dust and it bothers me I thought it was my piggy but it wasn't I switched to pine and now I'm fine.
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JennaLynn - 2011-03-02
Haha, I have an American (Walnut) and an Abyssinian (Peanut), and I love both. Although, Walnut is actually quite shy, and Peanut is the more friendly of the two. :)

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  • Lydia Weltha - 2011-06-30
    That was the same with my Guinea Pigs I had a American {Sammie} and an Abyssinian {Spike}. Sammie is shy and Spike is the nice and calm.
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Lydia Weltha - 2011-06-30
I had a guinea pig named Sammie and she died. She started acting weird and stop eating and drinking I know she was sick but does anyone know what it was? Cause my Abyssinian Guinea Pig Spike did the same thing I just want to know? So if I get another one what to do and what it is so I can take her/him to the vet and tell her!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-01
    I am sorry. Guinea pigs usually live 8 - 10 years and it doesn't sound like yours were that old. Guinea Pigs are naturally prey animals and will do whatever to hide the fact they are ill. However, they do stop eating and drinking as the first symptom and it is usually a bacterial infection adn you need to get the little guy to the vet as soon as possible. They do everything they can to hide the fact they are ill. You take it to a vet and tell the ve what is happening and they can do a gram stain and tell what the bacteria is or maybe just treat it with a general purpose antibiotic. I am sorry.
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virginia halbin - 2011-06-23
Guinea pigs make the best pets of the rodant family. They are very smart. My daughters two female are two years old they seem to love their life. We feed them lots of vegies and fruit they love romane lettuce,spinach,carrots,cucumbers,watermellon no seeds,any fruits and veggies with awater crunchy bite. They love people their care givers. They communicate with a high tone squeal kinda like a pig. To address to their matters that they love you. Our guineas live in a 55 gallion fish tank we use cedar chips for bedding it keeps the fleas away. Dalala and Natasia are adorable little pets.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-23
    They are fun and I am glad they are working so well for you. Cuddly things.
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kristie - 2011-05-21
I have a american male guinea pig. He is so cute, but he likes smarties is that normal?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-21
    Many animals like chocolate but for most animals it is not good for them. I am not sure about Guinea Pigs but I sincerely doubt it would be good for him. It is toxic for birds and also dangerous for dogs and cats. I wouldn't let your little fella have chocolate. Sorry but in answer to your question - yes many animals love chocolate - sweets actually.
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Aurora - 2010-12-12
I have an American Guinea pig and I got her today I love her to death!

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kaela roe - 2010-01-09
My guinea pig's neck is deformed was since last night. His head sits at angle towards the ceiling and he walks around like that. Could he have sufferd a stroke? or could the other guinea pig have stepped on it?

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  • Rae - 2010-10-21
    Hi kaela,
    It does sound as if he's had a stroke. Many guinea pigs can recover from this but you will need to visit a vet to get him checked out, and keep a close eye on him for a while.
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kara - 2009-11-13
Oh my, I have 45 guinea pigs. It would take to long to name them all though, so I will name five. These are recently born babies; Dart, gail, maisey, polly, and sammy. They are aborable! I'm so thankful for this website. Here are all my pets - okay; 45 guinea pigs, 7 dogs, 4 cats, 7 bettas, 3 lamas, 2 horses, and 5 parrots. I don't sell my guinea pigs when they are babies because I just can't bare to part with them. I enjoy all animals, and think skinny pigs are still adorable no matter what people say. Thanks Animal-World, for all you do!!!

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  • NOT TELLING - 2010-09-19
    I am entering a guinea pig competition his name is chip and he is ADORABLE I mean really so I will catch y'all later.
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emily - 2010-09-02
I have 2 abbyssinians named sophie and lola I love them 2 death.

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