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Thread: Any guinea pig owners here?

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    Power Poster earthwalker's Avatar
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    For those who like reading and Guinea Pigs...try getting some copies of "Olga Da Polga" by Michael Bond (of Paddington Bear fame). I remember reading the "Olga" stories when I was a kid....very fun and cute..there are several in the series and the illustrations are gorgeous. Not many books have a girl Guinea Pig as the star.

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    We keep a small dish of guinea pig food for her. It has pellets and other small crunchy things in it. She is picky for a piggy. We have tried apples, grapes, etc and she is not crazy about them at all. Miss Piggy will nibble a bit on baby carrots only. She will not eat regular carrots. She loves romaine lettuce, so that is what we buy for her daily treat. She does chew on her chewy blocks. She also has salt lick thingy that is attached to her cage by her water bottle.

    We are getting her a new and bigger cage. The one we got from the pet store just doesn't seem very big even though we paid a big price for it. One thing we have to watch her carefully around is hair! Older DD has very long hair and she will chew a piece off in a few seconds.

    Her toe nails look long and probably should be cut. We need to find out about that also.

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    Hi Sheri,

    We had 2 guineas when my son was small. I love them! They liked to swim in the bath, celery, broccoli stalks, apples and alfalfa. They got to know the sound of the fridge door opening and used to whistle for food when they heard it! They like to gnaw on branches from apple trees too. Make great pets, they love being handled and don't bite, teased our tom cat by jumping on his tail.

    Jeanne

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    Senior Member bodie358's Avatar
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    Actually, it's vitamin C they don't store, not vitamin D as stated in a previous post.

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    Not true that you cannot keep males together! It's very possible, I have had 2 boars together many times. Depends on the personality of the pigs.

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    Sherri B - try giving her cilantro, parsley, red leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes. The guineapigcages.com site has a whole section on nutrition.

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    I do I do!! I love my piggies. Originally, we were going to get a pet for my grandkids but I after I bought the Peruvian Silkie (which I had no idea what that entailed), cage, etc, my DIL changed her mind. I kept him and the kids named him Fuzzy. He wasn't fuzzy very long when his silk hair keep growing. He was extremely, social. When anybody held him, he always came back to me full of chatter. I think he was telling on them. 2 yrs later, we got Zorra and had a couple of babies. The babies only lived 2 or 3 years but Fuzzy died when he was 7. Losing her mate, Zorra went into a tailspin...wouldn't eat or anything. Then, I got Beyonce, yes, that's right. She was named after a gorgeous black lady and Zorra snapped out of it. This time of year is cornsilk season. They can't enough! I give them husks and all but they won't eat the corn unless I cook it. Microwave 3 min. There are no 2 alike in personalities or differences but be sure they get quality time every day and you will be rewarded with much love.

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    I had a guinea with my first graders, and he was well-loved. He would squeel very loudly when we came back from the lunch room because he knew the kids would save their carrots, apples, broccoli, cucumbers, etc. for him. He liked to eat almost anything. As a reward, the kids would sit in a circle and Ginger would run around to each one of them to be held and petted. They make wonderful pets, and much more fun than hamsters because they are not nocturnal and will stay awake during the day.

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