Animal Stories - Skinny Pig


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   Though called a Hairless Guinea Pig, the Skinny Pig actually does have just a bit of hair!
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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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Cindy - 2012-10-13
I have a Teddy-S'mores. He's hugable, cuddly etc. he wipes his nose on your kleenex, takes his meds.. noses his brush if he wants to be brushed if you ask. He understands 'Ks'mores go home' & tons of other stuff when you converse with him. he's one smart guy.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Wow, what a nice little fellow. And he does sound smart!
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Shantelle - 2012-08-31
I have a girl guinea pig I've had get for a while. She'll be 1 year old in October. I've heard alot about guinea pigs being playful but she never wants to play and she doesn't like it to much when people handle her... I don't know if that's bad or normal or what...

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-31
    The problem with trying to describe a personality of a 'group' of things whether they be guinea pigs, kittens, puppy, horses or even specifics such as siamese cat or Doberman - is they don't read the books on what humans write their behavior is.  Normally guinea pigs are playful but then the question 'what is play'.  Doesn't she sorta try and tickle your fingers?  Does she push marbles or little balls around if you roll them to her on the floor.  Does she like to stretch up to reach a treat?  There are many ways to play.  Some play cards.  Some play computer games.  Some play football or basketball.  Some knit.  All is normal.
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Makenna - 2012-07-23
Hi i am going to be purchasing a skinny pig. Are the normal cages dangerous or should i purchase a c&c cage?

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Austin - 2011-12-11
What do they eat

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-12-11
    Skinny pigs eat the same diet as other guinea pigs. This consists of fruits, vegetables, and grains because they are herbivores. You can usually purchase a good guinea pig pellet or feed mix at a pet store and then supplement this with small amounts of fresh veggies and fruits occasionally.
  • Makenna - 2012-07-23
    Also pellets are better for them as the mixed diet contain more fat and calories that are not wanted and veggies. I beleive pellets are better but that is just my opinion. If you have a regular guinea pig you will feed it a noticable amount less then a skinny pig as it needs to maintain its body heat
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Lora - 2012-01-20
I had a pair of male guinea pigs, one died now the other is alone. What suggestions do you have? Concerned with compatibility of introducing him to another one. He is two years old.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    Guinea pigs are pretty social. He will enjoy a companion, and should get along just fine after they get familiar with each other. I do suggest getting another male though, unless you want babies.
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Whitney - 2010-04-23
I notice that sometimes my skinny pig eats its fecal matter, what causes this and is that normal?

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  • Guinea Pig Breeder - 2010-04-29
    Yes, it is common.
    They eat it because it is completely full of vitamins.
  • Mary - 2010-08-11
    Yes, it's normal. The pig eats then poops. There is still a lot of nutrition in the poops. I had a skinny pig when they first became available. I loved little Sydney very much. He developed kidney stones, was operated on but died a month later. Too much for his little system. I have not seen any skinny pigs for sale since. I have a regular one now, Snapple, a real cutie.
  • Erin - 2010-12-20
    It is completely normal. Guinea pigs digestive track is simple and passes food through it quickly and is therefore not completely digested. They eat their feces because it is still about 50% food. Ever noticed how the poop looks a lot like the food? It is! :)
  • Janell - 2011-05-17
    If you are still looking for a skinny pig, I just recently purchased two and I will be breeding them. If you would like a baby, please conatct me at lifenutrition2002@yahoo.com and I will let you know! Thanks :)
    Also, if anybody wants to give me information (facts) about skinny pigs, breeding habits, etc...., that would be great as I am still researching and want to learn everything about them! We love them very much!
  • cindy hunt - 2011-10-25
    I agree with the above answers. The 'big' word for eating ones poops is corprophageous. It's easier to say eats poops!!! LOL
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Alexis - 2011-03-16
For a few weeks now my skinnys willy has been sticking out and is that bad or good is there any way to make it go back in?

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  • davidb - 2011-04-11
    You have to try to get it back in manually if it doesnt by itself. Try pushing the bottom part of his stomach, just right on top of his privates.
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angel - 2010-09-28
The guinea pigs are so very very very over cute.................=)))))))) :)))))))

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  • guinea pig owner - 2010-10-10
    Ewww no. I have gp and they are cuter than that! They look like rats.
  • john - 2010-12-16
    Skinny pigs are the best <333
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