Anyone here with Guinea pigs?

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Anyone here with Guinea pigs?

Post by Chery » Thu, 09 Jan 2003 11:06:49



I posted on a GP group, but it doesn't seem to have much traffic.  Can they
be happily kept in an aquarium?  Some were left at our clinic and since they
can't get FeLV I can take them but I don't know what to put them in.
 
 
 

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Post by Karen M » Thu, 09 Jan 2003 12:41:20


Quote:

> I posted on a GP group, but it doesn't seem to have much traffic.  Can they
> be happily kept in an aquarium?  Some were left at our clinic and since they
> can't get FeLV I can take them but I don't know what to put them in.

A hoagie roll for your kitties??? Just kidding, just kidding!!! :)
 
 
 

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Post by Chery » Thu, 09 Jan 2003 12:36:58


Quote:


>> I posted on a GP group, but it doesn't seem to have much traffic.
>> Can they be happily kept in an aquarium?  Some were left at our
>> clinic and since they can't get FeLV I can take them but I don't
>> know what to put them in.

> A hoagie roll for your kitties??? Just kidding, just kidding!!! :)

You are SO bad.  lol!
FYI, I have found out they CAN'T be kept in an aquarium and have seen such
neat cages!  Whoa!
 
 
 

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Post by Karen M » Thu, 09 Jan 2003 12:46:10


Quote:



>>>I posted on a GP group, but it doesn't seem to have much traffic.
>>>Can they be happily kept in an aquarium?  Some were left at our
>>>clinic and since they can't get FeLV I can take them but I don't
>>>know what to put them in.

>>A hoagie roll for your kitties??? Just kidding, just kidding!!! :)

> You are SO bad.  lol!
> FYI, I have found out they CAN'T be kept in an aquarium and have seen such
> neat cages!  Whoa!

Ernie made me type it, he's sitting here on my lap being a *very* bad
influence... lol!! Actually, I think guinea pigs are adorable and if I
didn't think my cats really *would* try to put them in a hoagie roll,
I'd be tempted to get a couple myself! :)
 
 
 

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Post by zuz.. » Thu, 09 Jan 2003 12:20:49


Quote:
>I posted on a GP group, but it doesn't
>seem to have much traffic. Can they be
>happily kept in an aquarium? Some were
>left at our clinic and since they can't get
>FeLV I can take them but I don't know
>what to put them in.

I wouldn't use an aquarium. They are too small, and totally
inappropriate when you have more than one guinea pig as guinea pigs
should have a lot of room. They are also too enclosed, which is a reason
why you see so many small animals like GPs, rats and mice kept in
aquariums that end up with recurring upper respiratory problems. I've
had rats and ferrets for years and an open air cage is the way to go.
Bedding is also something you have to be careful in choosing, and IME
Aspen is the best. Cedar and Pine can cause serious problems and should
be avoided.  Since Guinea pigs don't climb like rats or ferrets do, you
can make a great cage that doean't need a roof, is roomy, airy and will
be much better than the much too small cages you find at pet stores.
There are some examples of cages you can put together yourself here:
http://www.aracnet.com/~seagull/Guineas/Cages/
There is basic info on cages and bedding here:
http://www.aracnet.com/~seagull/Guineas/home.html
Guinea pigs should be allowed to run around each day. Chances are your
cats will either be curious about them or run away. I let my ferret run
around the house unsupervised for days at a time sometimes and she and
some of the cats will play. One time I actually witnessed her grab Teddy
by the cheek and pull him down to the ground. Boy was he surprised! (and
now avoids her like the plague.)
They also need things to chew on and a good diet.
This page will give you the basics on care and feeding.
http://www.aracnet.com/~seagull/Guineas/careguide.html

HTH.

Megan

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do
nothing."

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Post by Kim » Thu, 09 Jan 2003 13:01:31


I used to have 2 long haired guinea pigs that I kept in a round plastic bin.
The sides were about 6 inches high and I didn't cover it. The 2 pigs never
tried to come out all their lives ... well, one came out once actually ...
on the day she died ... she was waiting for me by the front door when I came
home. I held her and stroked her and she died within about a half hour. She
was old.

Anyway, it was really cool to have these two pigs in a wide open container.
They'd stand on their back legs, lean over the edge and whistle when they
wanted food.

I posted a photo of them in alt.binaries.pictures.animals with the subject
"guinea pigs in red pen". The little brown one is the one that met me at the
door.


Quote:
> I posted on a GP group, but it doesn't seem to have much traffic.  Can
they
> be happily kept in an aquarium?  Some were left at our clinic and since
they
> can't get FeLV I can take them but I don't know what to put them in.

 
 
 

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Post by Chery » Fri, 10 Jan 2003 12:18:20


Thanks everyone.  Great suggestions. :)
 
 
 

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Post by Judith Trumme » Fri, 10 Jan 2003 15:47:59


Quote:

>>I posted on a GP group, but it doesn't
>>seem to have much traffic. Can they be
>>happily kept in an aquarium? Some were
>>left at our clinic and since they can't get
>>FeLV I can take them but I don't know
>>what to put them in.
> Since Guinea pigs don't climb like rats or ferrets do, you
> can make a great cage that doean't need a roof,

Unless, of course, you have cats :)
 
 
 

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Post by Wilbur Clemen » Sun, 12 Jan 2003 05:37:52


Took a look of the pigs. Nice.


Quote:
> I posted on a GP group, but it doesn't seem to have much traffic.  Can
they
> be happily kept in an aquarium?  Some were left at our clinic and since
they
> can't get FeLV I can take them but I don't know what to put them in.

 
 
 

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Post by Wilbur Clemen » Sun, 12 Jan 2003 05:33:35


We have a crested guinea pig named Wilbur. My daughter rescued it from the
SPCA.He lives in a guinea pig cage.It consists of a lower plastic pan and an
upper mteal cage that attaches to the bottom.He seems very happy there.We
also have two cats and therfore we use the top.However they have never
attempted to have Wil for lunch.In our house the rule is "We do not eat
family members". We did have gerbils many years ago,and these we kept in
aquariums.As for guinea pigs i have always seen them in cages.
As to whistling,Wilbur is loud.He hears if the vegetable crisper is being
opened and reacts immediately.He will also whistle when his name is called.


Quote:
> I used to have 2 long haired guinea pigs that I kept in a round plastic
bin.
> The sides were about 6 inches high and I didn't cover it. The 2 pigs never
> tried to come out all their lives ... well, one came out once actually ...
> on the day she died ... she was waiting for me by the front door when I
came
> home. I held her and stroked her and she died within about a half hour.
She
> was old.

> Anyway, it was really cool to have these two pigs in a wide open
container.
> They'd stand on their back legs, lean over the edge and whistle when they
> wanted food.

> I posted a photo of them in alt.binaries.pictures.animals with the subject
> "guinea pigs in red pen". The little brown one is the one that met me at
the
> door.



> > I posted on a GP group, but it doesn't seem to have much traffic.  Can
> they
> > be happily kept in an aquarium?  Some were left at our clinic and since
> they
> > can't get FeLV I can take them but I don't know what to put them in.