Hello! New Guinea Pig owner!

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Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 10:42 pm


Do you know what a popcorn looks like?

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rosiea

Post   » Tue May 17, 2011 10:46 pm


I just watched some videos of guinea pigs on youtube, and that's what he was doing. =D He seems very happy and comfortable now!

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Hunybee

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 7:39 am


OHHH, you are so hooked now! :) He's pretty darn cute that's for sure, but then again, after all the thousands of gps on here, I haven't seen an ugly one yet.

A good portion of us on here started out with pet store pigs, which led us to here.

Be sure to check out the diet and nutrition pages. There are a couple of acceptable vegetable and fruit lists that you can print and take with you to the store. Its really fun to buy something new for them to try. Some things they will eat, and some they will not even touch. My female doesn't turn anything down, but my male loves herbs like mint and cilantro and dill.

As a daily treat, you can also give him clippings of clean fresh grass and dandelions.

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rosiea

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 8:17 am


Fast Feet seems to like the parsley I got out of my garden, though he only ate the stalk, not the leaves. =) I'm going to try some more veggies today, because yesterday he wouldn't even touch the parsley, and now he's eating it. I'm also getting him a bigger habitat, the one he has was the "starter kit", and it's clearly not big enough, since all the toys I bought won't even fit in it!
I'm thinking about moving his vet appt. up to today, and get him neutered. I want to get him a companion, and there's a guy on craigslist that has a female that needs a home. I don't really want to deal with the male vs. male stuff that animals do, so I think it would work out well!

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Hunybee

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 8:37 am


Check out local rescues first. More often than not, they will have spayed females up for adoption, and they will be healthier than just adopting from someone off CL.

I adopted a spayed female from a legitimate guinea pig rescue, to pair up with my lone male. Things are working great for them, and we don't have to worry about pregnancy.

But not everyone has problems with male/male pairings. The worst I had with my two males was humping. They never fought.

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rosiea

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 8:49 am


The only local cavy rescue closed recently due to illness. =( I can't find *any* other animal rescues that have gp's, except for the humane society, and they have a pretty bad reputation here. I may look there, anyway, we'll see how it turns out!

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worldangel

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 9:13 am


Neutering is a major operation so do take note that there might be (just might) possible complications after it.

He is very cute! :)

Debs4Pigs

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 9:57 am


Just a fyi. Make sure your vet can do guinea pig neuters. I don't know if the vet I took Rudy to did them much, they did my rat neuter but Rudy almost died when they put him under. So then I got my other boys to keep him company.

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rosiea

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 1:52 pm


Mr. Fast Feet has a friend! We haven't decided on a name yet..she's so pretty!

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1921372847985.109775.1651988043&l=fe10625cf4

She is *very* social and vocal! Sadly, for the past year, her diet has consisted of strictly pellets with an occasional iceberg leaf. =( Her teeth and claws are in terrible condition. I've already trimmed her nails, and will talk to the vet about her teeth, though I think the hay and chews will help her more than anything. As soon as I put her cage on the table with Mr. Fast Feet, he came right out of his cubby to check her out, and they've been "talking" nonstop!

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Mom2boars

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 2:51 pm


She is beautiful, but as stated above, I've never seen a non-adorable piggie before either! Hehe!

make sure they aren't together before he gets neutered-I'm sure you know that!! If her teeth are pretty over-grown, the vet will more than likely trim them, then the other things will keep them trimmed down. I'm sure the vet will check the molars as well, just make sure. A friend of mine's piggie had over-grown molars and that cause a LOT of problems for him. :(

Again, both you babies are gorgeous!!

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rosiea

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 2:56 pm


Oh, yeah! They're definitely staying in separate cages until he's neutered! Not sure I'm ready to handle babies yet. Hehe. I'm *so* excited about building the perfect habitat for them! She's never had toys before, and she's going nuts with the ones I put in there for her! Pretty soon, they'll have enough room to run and play, and have LOTS of toys!

(Is it very obvious that I'm on "light activity" and have been *extremely* bored until I got my piggies? teehee!)

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 4:15 pm


Iceberg lettuce is not a good thing to feed. Red, green or romaine leaf lettuce are good.

Next time you need to quarantine http://www.guinealynx.info/quarantine.html

Introduction
http://www.guinealynx.info/records/viewtopic.php?t=37

Why not to breed:
http://www.guinealynx.info/breeding.html
http://www.cavyspirit.com/breeding.htm

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rosiea

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 5:37 pm


They're both going to the vet in the morning, and Mr. will be snipped tomorrow, as well. They'll both be checked over thoroughly and groomed. =)

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frillint

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 6:26 pm


Personally I don't think he should be neutered so fast. He is still settling in and is already stressed. I hope you did your research on the vet and on after the neuter. You need to wait like 3 weeks after the neuter before you can introduce them. You will have to minimize his movements for awhile, change his cage often to keep him clean, give him some mess, he should have extra vitamin c, check his area daily, and keep an eye on his weight. Read this entire page http://cavyspirit.com/neutering.htm

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rosiea

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 7:02 pm


My vet will examine and treat guinea pigs, but will not neuter or spay. She referred me to a clinic that specializes in small animals. It's in another town, and it's quite a bit more expensive than going to a generic clinic in town, but it's worth it to me. They're keeping him for two days, to observe him and make sure he doesn't have any complications. I am home 24/7, so he will be babied and closely observed. I won't even be *able* to put them together for about three weeks, until their new habitat gets here =) I did my research, believe me, that's what makes up the bulk of my day! Reading, reading, reading!

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Hunybee

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 7:08 pm


Congratulations. She's very cute, but I'm partial to gray and white piggies too. Especially the ones with masks and gray underpants. lol

I do have one bit of advice. Slow down. You've gone from no pigs to 2 in a very short time. Guinea Pigs are fun, but they do require daily interaction (cleanup, feeding, socializing).

If you get him snipped, please, please, please, follow the separation and care guidelines to the letter. Even though they seem hardy, their health can go down hill in a very short time. And when it does, it can take them a while to get "healthy" again, but with constant nursing and care.


But good luck at the vet tomorrow.

Cinnabuns Legacy

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 7:21 pm


You definitely want a veterinarian who is VERY experienced with guinea pig spays/neuters specifically. Here are the GuineaLynx and Cavy Spirit pages on neutering, read them carefully and ask the veterinarian the questions listed on the Cavy Spirit page.

http://www.guinealynx.info/links.html#neutering

http://www.cavyspirit.com/neutering.htm

I agree that you want to let them settle down before putting them under for surgery unless it was an emergency surgery, since it's very stressful for them.

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LisasHerd

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 7:33 pm


I am still a bit concerned with the "terrier" dog and a five year old child in the same house. Mistakes happen. rosiea, what are you doing to prevent an accident?

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rosiea

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 7:39 pm


Wow, really? Um...thanks for all the helpful info, everyone. =) Blessings.

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frillint

Post   » Wed May 18, 2011 7:51 pm


Have you taken him to this new vet yet? You should take him there for a pre surgery exam. That is what I did when I got my boy neutered. I have had him since birth. Have you called them and asked questions like what anesthesia they use etc? Just makeing sure. You are moving really fast and not giving him time to settle in before he goes through a surgery. Maybe you should wait a bit let him settle in and eat veggies good and maintain a good weight before you neuter him.

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