Monthly costs of guinea pig

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Post   » Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:28 pm

Thanks everyone, your tips are very welcome!
Luckily, veggies are reasonably cheap where I live, so there are no problems there (and it will encourage me to eat more veggies too, if I always have to have some fresh stock ;) )
The alternatives to Carefresh sound good, and I have a hardware store down the road from me which sells wood pellets, so if they're the right kind (haven't checked yet), that could be a convenient option :) I could use CritterCare on top of that, if I go down that route.

Carrie86: I'm not sure where'd I get them from yet--it depends on availability/compatibility when the time comes that I'm ready to adopt :) When I search Petfinder, the rescues nearest to me (near Toronto) that pop up are Piggles Guinea Pig Rescue and Guinea Pigs R Us. When I look at regular shelters nearby, guinea pigs don't seem very common.

jedifreac: it's indeed the hay that I'm finding a bit hard to find; I have a feeling there should be a semi-local source I can find because I'm not TOO far away from farmland, but I think the internet may not be the best way to find it ;) So far I've mostly seen timothy/alfalfa mixes, and I've seen on this forum and elsewhere that it's pure timothy that's wanted for adults (though is a percentage of alfalfa okay?)
Also, just so I can give a better idea of where I'm coming from, I'm luckily in a position where money is not super tight. I just like being careful, and I figure it's a good idea to think of expenses ahead of time so I can be sure I'll be able to meet them :)


Post   » Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:42 pm

Thank you for planning ahead and doing the research and please do consider adopting!

Timothy is best for adults, adults fed on alfalfa long term can get kidney/bladder/excretory system problems from all that excess calcium. Growing and young pigs (under a year) thrive on alfalfa but that's pretty much the age cut off.

My friend was able to find a local Timothy farmer on Craig's list in Michigan (the only one in the area) but your mileage may vary. If you live near a place with horses you will be on the right track.

Another option might be Orchard or Bluegrass hay. These and Timothy are grass hays. (Alfalfa is a legume hay.)

If you have space, you may be able to buy a BALE of hay for astoundingly cheap and then stash it in a shed or garage. That could easily last you a year.


Post   » Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:25 am

For my 6 piggies, I try to factor about $250 a month for them. I don't need to buy pellets, hay, and Carefresh every month, but the months I do buy it usually come to about $250-$280 since I buy huge amounts from Those months I make the big purchases don't factor in the extra cost of veggies/fruit, but since I eat it too, I factor that into my food budget haha. By keeping aside $250 for six pigs a month, I have emergency money for any vet trips and/or added goodies (buying new wheatgrass, chew toys, blankies, etc).

Kinda a little embarassed to admit, but I spent $80 on toys and special treats for their birthday July 9, and then $40 on all the veggies and fruit that they like. Needless to say, they didn't get ALL of it on that day, but this whole month has been a constant party for them. :-)

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Post   » Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:10 pm

We get Natural Critter Care from Walmart for bedding, and we really like it. The small bags (6L, I think) cost about $2. We use a bag and a half a week, so it costs about $12/month. But we have fleece in most of our cage, bedding is only in the "bathroom" and "kitchen" areas.

You'll also want to consider that you might get a heart pig. Heart pigs need meds every day. We spend about $40/month on Truffle's furosemide and elanapril. And if the dose isn't right you'll have to make more trips to the vet than for a regular piggie.

Not trying to scare you, but it's a recurring expense we didn't think about originally and we now budget for it.


Post   » Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:27 pm

My pigs are on fleece.

I have 10 and this month. food, hay and veggies have cost me $140. I do have a bit of food and hay left but it will probably be gone this week.


Post   » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:20 am

As for getting the piggies, I recently got a boar from Piggles Rescue. Caroline is a wonderful lady. When I stepped into the rescue to meet Indy I was just in awe - never had seen so many piggies in one place before!

I'm not sure where Guinea Pigs R Us is located but Piggles is probably just a quick drive for you. I only had to drive just under an hour to get there.

ETA: I just checked the Piggles website and they're closed for some renovations at the moment. But do keep them in mind when you do decide to adopt! They might be open then.

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Post   » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:06 am

Hehe, how strange to see this thread pop up a year later! I have my pigs from late last year, and yes they were from Piggles (Caroline is indeed a wonderful lady)... but this is actually relevant again, as I'm hoping to add a third pig this September or so, and will almost certainly be getting her from Piggles :)

Also, I remember seeing Indy on the website! He was a cutie--congrats on your adoption :)

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