Animal Stories - Skinny Pig


Animal-World Information about: Skinny Pig

   Though called a Hairless Guinea Pig, the Skinny Pig actually does have just a bit of hair!
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jamie - 2012-03-25
Hi we have a skinny pig great little guy.We have him caged with a Chinchilla they get along great.The Chinchilla keeps him nice and warm with his fur.But what I'm wanting to know is I give my Chinchilla a sand bath but is there any way to bath my skinny pig?? Know they can not get very cold and do not want to but them in water if it's not good for them.Just seeing if there;s anyway to clean them??

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  • Jazmyn - 2012-05-24
    All you do it either get a damp baby wipe with aloe or get a luke warm damp cloth and wipe them down
  • Katie - 2012-11-07
    You can bath your skinny pig in the sink. Make sure the water is warm test it with your wrist. Try not to bath it for long as it may get chilled. Use normal small animal shampoo for guinea pigs and rabbits etc. Once done dry softly with a soft towel as fast as you can without hurting it. Once you have done that you will need to put just a bit of normal hand moisturiser on it to make sure the shampoo doesn't dry out its skin. Hope this helps oh btw try not to wet it's head or get water in its ears
  • Tonya Page-Rose - 2013-11-13
    100 percent Coconut oil is the best for skinny pigs! Can be bought at a local grocery store. This not only moistens their skin but removes any dead dry skin as well! I oil my piggies once a week. Sometimes twice if they look a little dry!
  • Anonymous - 2014-03-09
    You can rub them in coconut oil.
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Marie - 2009-12-06
I bought one skinny pig and loved him soooo much I had to have more. I now have several and play with them all. They have similarities but each have their own personality. Love them all! Great for people with allergies and they have no hair to shed on your clothes and furniture~

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  • lisa genner - 2010-02-26
    Hi marie, I am looking to get a skinny pig tomorrow (sat) but I am unsure on how to house him to keep him warm without having the heating on all the time. Can you help? What kind of set up do you have? Can you please email a photo if poss to lisagenner@btinternet.com and info that may help to look after him properly? thanks, lisa
  • AMY - 2010-03-07
    I live in ny could you tell me are there any around here. Hollerhome@hotmail. Com
  • jody - 2010-03-08
    i wish i could have one but i can't have one you are very lucky
  • cheri bowman8 - 2010-03-25
    I have been looking for a pair of skinny pigs for a long time. Do you know where I can find them for sale. I have many other guinea pigs I show them. Can you help me? Thank you.
  • SqueakSpeeddemonbabe - 2014-03-04
    Guinea pigs don't leave much fur on your furniture!
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squeakspeeddemon babe - 2014-03-04
You cannot put them in a small fish tank as they need to run around!

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emma - 2014-03-01
Hey people my name is Emma and it's my mate 17th soon and she really wants a skinny pig. I live in Leicester so if anyone is selling one please contact me.

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Harley - 2014-02-13
Hiya I have a week old baby skinny pig, her skin is really dry and bumpy. It doesn't seem like normal dry skin, as she is covered in tiny raised bumps! Any help or advice?!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-16
    Skinny pigs still have hair follicles, and usually become rather 'fuzzy' as they mature. I'm guessing this is what they are. As long as she is eating and acting normal, I wouldn't worry to much.
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Shar - 2012-12-11
i have 2 Abyssinian guinea pigs and i just got a skinny pig yesterday, i slowly introduce them one by one then all 3 of them were getting along on the couch, playing eating etc. but once i put the skinny in the cage with them then the other 2 seemed to get territorial and aggressive, now i have the cage split in 2 so now they are separated but will they always be aggressive? or will in pass? i don't want to have to keep the skinny piggy separate and alone

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-13
    You may have a couple of males. Females almost always get along while males will tend to fight if there is a female around. Males usually get along IF they were raised together, but if there is a female around then they may start squabbling as well. Also, older guinea pigs don't always take to a new comer (especially older males).
  • renee - 2012-12-24
    I separate the pig causing commotion and eventually the fighting subsides. I leave the trouble maker by itself for a few days and when the piggie gets ornery I seperate it again. I do this until it learns that it will get along or be lonely.
  • tamara - 2013-05-22
    if you clean the cage completle and switch everything around it will help them to be less territorial because it no longer has their scent or anything, in a way i guess it almost confuses them
  • julie - 2013-08-24
    Hi I have a 3 year old male guinea pig and I have just got 2 baby skinny males, I put them all in a brand new house where there is no scent, and I have not had any problems at all. xx
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jen - 2012-12-27
Hi my mom got my son a skinny pig for christmas and I hnow it had 2 owners before we got it. His name is dexter and he's so sweet, he loves to give my son kisses and he came home yesterday. I think he had seizure or something, he was getting snuggled and he was purring next thing I know he started to shake. Really bad and moving really weird then he was fine again. Now it's the next day he was fine all morning I went to go make myself a coffeee and I found him on his side. I just wanted to know if anyone out there knows what's going on I'm a little sad and scared cause my son already loves him so much already can anyone help me please?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2012-12-27
    Do you know how old the skinny pig is? They usually only live 2-3 years so he may just be getting older. If he seems healthy otherwise it may just be his age. It does sound like he's having a seizure from you description though... so if it continues to happen and you are worried you may want to take him to a vet. I don't believe there is anything over the counter you can give him for seizures.
  • jen - 2012-12-28
    Hi its jen we took dexter to the vets we found out he was a old skinny pigs and he had a masive tumor in is brain the vet gave us some pain meds to keep him comfable he passed away last night at 10 I already miss him so much does anyone knoW where to get another skinny pig? I don't now how to tell my son he's only 7 its gonna break his heart he loved dexter so much and he gave the best kisses I can't stop crieing just thinking of him and how to tell my son I really want to get another one so if anyone nows where to find one or adopt one please let me know. Thanks for the support threw all of this :'(
  • jake - 2013-01-27
    You can get a skinny pig at petsmart for around 80 dollars, even though they're expensive they are a great investment!:)
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Anonymous - 2013-01-26
So cute love them.

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stephanie - 2012-03-20
i have a new skinny pig, and I'm having an issue keeping it warm. I'm thinking of putting it in a fish tank so I can put a heat pad on the bottom, but someone thought it might be too noisy for the little guy. does anyone know if that is true? please help....thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-21
    Noisy no. OK you can put the little fella in a fish tank given it's large enough and place paper towel on the bottom (so it doesn't slide). Then put carefresh or some bedding on top of the paper towel. Place a heating pad on low under 1/2 the tank so the little fella can be as warm (or cool off) as he wants. You could also place a heat lamp shining over 1/2 his cage and he could do the same thing.
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-24
    you could place a wool sock over the pig and secure with a little duct tape. I did this once cause the piggie had severe derm. I found out that using a little kitten revolution flea med cures dermatitus on guinea pigs. I cut the toe and heal off the sock and cut 2 holes for front feet then slip it on and loosely duct tape the sock so it stays.
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Deb - 2012-03-24
We just purchased a skinny pig (Hairy) and are learning about it. What does it mean when you pat Hairy and he squeaks? Is this good or bad?

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  • essie - 2012-04-23
    The squeaking is a happy sound...they chirp, and chortle, and squeak when they are happy, or want something from you. Enjoy your piggy!
  • Katie - 2012-11-07
    Guinea pigs have several different noises It might be worth looking on you tube to see examples If is more like a purring sound then it's good if its more of a squeal then she or he is telling you that it's to much
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