After much deliberation we are planning to adopt a guinea pig (or 2). I've been reading all the websites and information I can get my hands on about guinea pigs. I've been browsing craigslist. We've checked our local pet shop (only a mile away and they don't sell pets, just supplies) to see what sort of products they carry. I've looked into local vets.
Here are my concerns:
1) My oldest child is allergic to cats. That is the only allergy in the house. Should I worry about her being allergic to piggies? We don't know anyone with a piggie to see if she is.
2) Looking at postings on Craigslist. Being a novice, I'm concerned about getting an unhealthy guinea pig. I did read some posts here on guinealynx from people who saved some from bad situations which is awesome. But as a first time adopter, I'm not sure if we want to get into that sort of situation. Any tips for finding recognizing a healthy pig.
3) Considering starting with 1 pig then getting a friend later. Read about how to do that too, but feel it would just be easier to start with 2. I've seen the posting for Rillo, Marco, and Pants, but I'm just not ready for 3. :)
Any suggestions are appreciated!
2) I would try to find a pig from a shelter or rescue, and I'd be patient until one comes available You never know what you're going to get from CL, and while many are perfectly healthy at least at a shelter or rescue they've likely been looked over by a vet or person with experience before being adopted out.
3) A lot of the pigs at my local shelters come in as bonded buddies so I'd look for an already bonded pair if it were me.
- E's Moriarity
I don't think a cat allergy necessarily means there will be a pig allergy. But with pigs, there are several things that can cause reactions. The pigs themselves, but also their hay and bedding, depending on the kind of hay you get and the kind of bedding you use.
I hope some more people chime in about their specific allergy experience, since we have people with a lot to share.
Pigs aren't really cuddly pets, although they are much calmer than gerbils! Some pigs really enjoy lap time and others not so much. Again, I hope others chime in with their experiences.
How old are your children? You understand you would be the primary care giver?
- Catie Cavy
- Supporter 2011-2018
You could also PM slavetofuzzy here as she runs the rescue.
It would give you an opportunity to cuddle with the guinea pigs and check for any allergies. As Lynx said, you would know they are healthy (unlike Craigslist). You could adopt an already bonded pair and the rescue would know personalities so you're more like to get guinea pigs that are more cuddly than skiddish.
ETA - I do remember a member here that was very allergic to cats but not at all to guinea pigs so allergies may not be a problem. And as SF mentioned, it there are allergies, it may be to the hay and not the guinea pig so a change in hay would be all that was needed.
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I'm also in Marietta and if I can help, don't hesitate to post.
Bless you and thank you for doing your research first. You and your family will be much happier, and you will save lives by not buying.
- Supporter in '11
Yet another good reason to go through a rescue is that you can ask for advice down the road about the piggies' health or other concerns.
- Supporter in 2018
I'm also glad you have such a close source of help.
Congrats, and post pics in the photo thread when you can. It's "random piggy pics" or something like that.
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That won't last long. ;-) It'll be you filling it before too long -- but I know StF told you that.
I'm in the area too -- so don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it.
Congratulations!! Know that you have made a huge difference in the lives of four beings by adopting -- the two you adopted, and the two that StF can now help because you and your family gave her the space.