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Post by Joshua of Nap » Fri, 08 Dec 2000 04:00:00



Hi guys, Lemme start at the beginning.  :)

I got two guinea pigs (Anakin and Ivory) a few years back, and I built them
their own cage.  Actually, I've built TWO cages.  :)  They decided the first
one tasted good, and a away a post, allowing them to run wild till I got
home.  :)  They still chew this new one, but not as much, so I'm assuming
they do it like Javelinas?  Javelinas rub up against trees and bones and
things to keep their tusks small, I assume the Guinea Pigs are trying to
manage their teeth?

Anyway, for the first time, I've had to worry about their claws.  The front
ones are fine, but the back ones are around 2 inches long each!!!  Should I
cut them myself?  Take them to a vet?

Also, I'm getting a rabbit (my mom is anyway) and we were planning on
putting it in the Cavy Hutch.  Will the Cavies and the rabbit integrate
easily?  Also, about food.  :)  Should I use the same food for all three?
Or get separate food?  Or just use rabbit food (very much cheaper than GP
food).

Thanks,

Greg Lenon

 
 
 

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Post by Guineapigfil » Fri, 08 Dec 2000 04:00:00


You should definitely not use the rabbit food for the guinea pigs.  Guinea pigs
need food with Vitamin C, because they cannot manufacture their own Vitamin C.
They need the guinea pig pellets, not rabbit food.

Also, rabbits can hurt guinea pigs, so please be careful about putting your
rabbit into the guinea pigs' cage.

Alyssa
http://hometown.aol.com/guineapigfilms

 
 
 

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Post by Rich » Fri, 08 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
> Anyway, for the first time, I've had to worry about their claws.  The
front
> ones are fine, but the back ones are around 2 inches long each!!!  Should
I
> cut them myself?  Take them to a vet?

You'll need to cut their toenails, the back ones in particular tend to grow
out of control. There's a lot of info on the 'net about this ( search for
guinea pig nail t*** ), but I'll give you the potted version -

* GPigs have nerve/*** vessel growing down the inside of their claws, so
you can't cut them all the way back in one go. If you use a bright light
against the other side of the claw, you should be able to see where this
stops. If you get it wrong, your pig will let you know!

* There are three approachs to the actual mechanics  of nail cutting -
1.) Roll the pig on its back, so its legs stick in the air.
or 2.) Keep the pig on its front, and pull it's leg out from under it and
trim the nails. This seems to inspire the most struggling, unless you have a
trusting pig.
or 3.) This my favourite - put the pig on a suspended mesh surface ( I use a
wire grid of 13mmx13mm holes, it's part of an old hutch, some people use
tennis-rackets ), and trim the nails from underneath. If you give the pig a
treat to keep it happy, it won't even notice what's going on.

* Many GPigs nees their nails t*** every few months if they're kept on
soft bedding ( which most are ). AFAIK the wild variety tends to be
rock-dwelling, so get the opportunity to scratch their nails down. Although
GPigs have a natural desire to grind their teeth down to size ( so most of
them never suffer tooth problems in their lifetimes, unless they're
'breeds' ) they don't do the same to their nails. I've experimented with
putting sections of roof slate on the floor of the hutch, but while it
alleviates the problem, it doesn't remove it alltogether.

~Rich.

 
 
 

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Post by Melissa Kuettne » Fri, 08 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Hi Joshua.  We also have 2 pigs (our girls), Jitter and Percy.  We clip
their nails by setting them on a tennis racquet with their favorite treat (a
baby carrot).  While they sit and eat, my husband lifts the racquet
slightly.  Their little toenails hang below the strings(?) and I clip them
with a regular fingernail clipper for people.  I only clip a bit at a time,
so not to clip to the quick and cause pain and bleeding.  They don't seem to
realize what is actually going on.  We wish this tactic worked for our 100
pound dog - it takes 5 vet tech.s to clip his nail at the Vet's office!

I can't help you on the rabbit...

Good luck!

Melissa and the girls.

 
 
 

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Post by Rich » Fri, 08 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
> We clip
> their nails by setting them on a tennis racquet with their favorite treat

...

Did you invent this method. Melissa?
It's truly inspired. I read it on someone's webpage, who hadn't tried it
themselves ( and said they couldn't see how it works. ) - and straightway it
just seemed easier than all the struggle involved in any other technique.

~Rich.

 
 
 

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Post by Jerr » Sat, 09 Dec 2000 03:28:33


 Guinea pigs have nutritional requirements which are different from rabbits.
Rabbit pellets don't provide what GPs need, especially vitamin C, which they
must have to remain healthy. In addition to pelleted food, you should supply
the piggies with lots of good, timothy hay  and/or alfalfa, and some fresh
veggies/fruits.

 Regarding keeping all 3 together in one cage, if you scroll down on this NG
to a post on 12-3, another person asked the same question.  You can get a
good idea from the replys, as to whether or not you want to cage your GP's
and rabbit together.  Good luck w/your pets.



Quote:
> Hi guys, Lemme start at the beginning.  :)

> I got two guinea pigs (Anakin and Ivory) a few years back, and I built
them
> their own cage.  Actually, I've built TWO cages.  :)  They decided the
first
> one tasted good, and a away a post, allowing them to run wild till I got
> home.  :)  They still chew this new one, but not as much, so I'm assuming
> they do it like Javelinas?  Javelinas rub up against trees and bones and
> things to keep their tusks small, I assume the Guinea Pigs are trying to
> manage their teeth?

> Anyway, for the first time, I've had to worry about their claws.  The
front
> ones are fine, but the back ones are around 2 inches long each!!!  Should
I
> cut them myself?  Take them to a vet?

> Also, I'm getting a rabbit (my mom is anyway) and we were planning on
> putting it in the Cavy Hutch.  Will the Cavies and the rabbit integrate
> easily?  Also, about food.  :)  Should I use the same food for all three?
> Or get separate food?  Or just use rabbit food (very much cheaper than GP
> food).

> Thanks,

> Greg Lenon