I'm thinking about diving back into the world of guinea pig ownership. I had a pig in elementry school and rescued the school pig when I was in middle school (she needed me and I needed her). I miss them greatly. A little background, I'm now 24 and out of college. I want a puppy but know my lifestyle (especially living quarters) aren't fit for one, so I'm thinking a pig might fit my life much better.
I used cedar chips when I was a kid. I feel horrible now.
So questions: I'm hoping to find a matched pair in a rescue (I have a promising rescue near here I hope they like me). If I can't find a pair, how hard is it to find 2 that will be compatible?
Cage size, I have a wall in a great location in the room I usually am that I am thinking it would be great for a cage (and it's away from heat sources). I could only put a 2x3 foot cage on the wall. How much do piggies like stories? I could build up to give them more space. If you don't think this would work I might be able to rearrange. Would putting a cage by a window be bad?
I live in WA Seattle area so the weather is never really hot or really cold. I do not have air conditioning though. Do pigs have sweat glands? Would a fan do any good when it is hot?
So piggies go through withdrawl? I might have to travel for a few weeks on rare occasions for work. I have a few people that would take care of them. Would they be happy with this situation? One of the people has a sweet golden retriever, assuming I put a lid on the cage, would this be a problem? My old pigs never minded my dog.
I'm not going to get a big until about Jan. I'm planning ahead and making sure I'm making the right choice. I get so attached to my animals that I need to make sure it's right for both parties. Any input is welcome.
Thanks for reading!