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Momto2GPigs
06-21-10, 09:45 pm
Hi, I am Jennifer I live in Florida, I am a married mother of 2 little girls that have talked their father and I into letting them get guinea pigs! We are going to pick up our 2 babys on Sunday 6/27. We are getting 2 little girl guinea pigs, they are Callie and Flower. Callie is a 1/2 Peruvian 1/2 Texel guinea pig and Flower is a Teddy Guinea Pig. I found this breeder from a local classified site and I am glad to be able to get 2 babies and raise them together.
I am glad I stumble across this site, I have been looking at cages in petstores and they are so small! I couldn't believe they didn't have any thing that was bigger than like 2 foot! When I asked the guy in the petstore if that was big enough for a pig he assured me it was, well I am glad I didn't just go on his word and decided to look around more online!
We are going to make the girls a 4x2 C&C cage. I have ordered the coroplast from a sign store (had to order it because my girls wanted Purple and they didn't have it in stock). I will pick that up on Wednesday and plan to build the cage by Saturday in time to bring the babies home on Sunday.
My girls are so excited about getting these guinea pigs, they have even kept their rooms cleaned and helped around the house, so hopefully that will continue after we get the pigs home too. lol.
Well I am looking forward to getting advice and learning more about these adorable little guinea pigs!
Here are pictures of the girls piggys
This is Flower (left) and Callie (right)
http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=869&pictureid=5705&thumb=1 (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/photo_popup.php?e=vB_Editor_001#)http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=869&pictureid=5704&thumb=1 (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/photo_popup.php?e=vB_Editor_001#)

Crystal520
06-23-10, 12:48 pm
Congrats on your two new little ones! They are adorable! I'm glad you didn't take the petstore's employee's advice. I really wish the pet stores would educate themselves on proper housing and care for small animals.

victoria07
06-23-10, 01:22 pm
You're getting those guinea pigs from a breeder? I want to be sure. That's not looked well upon on this site. I'm glad you are not purchasing guinea pigs, but at least try to adopt a pair.

blackarrow
06-23-10, 01:35 pm
But it does look like she's purchasing guinea pigs, just from a breeder.

To the original poster - I'm glad you're not supporting the pet shop but wish you would look into adoption instead of supporting a breeder. You can get babies from rescues too. A Peruvian/Texel cross is going to have a coat which is considerably harder to manage than an American guinea would. Are you sure you're ready for the extra grooming requirements?

I'm very glad you're going the C&C route. You won't be sorry.

Momto2GPigs
06-23-10, 01:38 pm
Yes, I am getting them from a "breeder". I did check with petfinder and they didn't have any within a few hours of us, so I looked on craigslist and found her ad, among others. After inquiring about the other listings locally on craigslist and either them being gone or having never been around children, I decided to buy the guinea pigs from her.
I joined this site after my decision was made, sorry if it offends anyone.

CavyCrazyLady
06-23-10, 02:41 pm
Please do not buy from a breeder when there are so many homeless pigs who need families. Please see petfinder.com for guinea pigs needing homes in your area.

Peggysu
06-23-10, 02:47 pm
Welcome to GPC!

There is a ton of great information on this site. This site is anti-breeder and anti-pet store. This place is pro-rescue. If I were you I would cruise around the forums and read about why we are pro-rescue. Unfortunately there are many sweet guinea pigs out there that people get rid of like an old couch. I hope you reconsider your purchase and open your heart to a pair of pigs in need. Adopt, please don't shop while shelter animals die.

fresian.m
06-23-10, 02:52 pm
Welcome! Two cute piggies you got there ;)

Hope you enjoy the site and all the info! Good luck!

sdpiggylvr
06-23-10, 03:32 pm
Welcome to GPC forum! I'm glad you've come here, as one of the best resource for guinea pig owners on the internet!


I am a married mother of 2 little girls that have talked their father and I into letting them get guinea pigs!

Please keep in mind that, obviously, your two children are not capable of providing all the care for your two pigs and that you will probably need to supervise all interations, all of which I'm sure you're aware.


I found this breeder from a local classified site and I am glad to be able to get 2 babies and raise them together.

While I want to congratulate you on your two new family members, I wish you would've adopted your guinea pigs from an animal shelter or rescue instead of supporting breeding. If you're unaware of why not to support pet stores and therefore breeding, please click HERE (http://cavyspirit.com/petstores.htm). You're showing people that it's okay to let a homeless animal die from euthanasia when no one adopted him or her. As Peggysu said, adopt--don't shop, when shelter animals die. That euthanized animal could've been adopted by you. You're also showing breeders that people want to buy their animals by freeing up a space and funds for another animal. Overall, it's not the best choice for pet acquirement.


We are going to make the girls a 4x2 C&C cage. I have ordered the coroplast from a sign store (had to order it because my girls wanted Purple and they didn't have it in stock). I will pick that up on Wednesday and plan to build the cage by Saturday in time to bring the babies home on Sunday.

I'm glad you're doing the right thing as far as cages go. A 2x4 will suit your pigs perfectly.

Have you done other research on the care of guinea pigs besides the cage? This website is an excellent resource, as is Guinea Lynx (http://www.guinealynx.info/).

Do you have the food and cage accessories your pigs will need? Most pet store products are not suitable and you'll most likely need to seek other sources. The best pellets (1/8 cup per pig daily) and hay (unlimited amounts) can be found at Kleenmama's (http://kmshayloft.com/), but Oxbow also has great pellets (http://www.petfooddirect.com/Product/3943/Oxbow-Cavy-Cuisine-(Timothy-Based))and hay (http://www.petfooddirect.com/Product/3813/100139501). You'll also need to feed about a cup of mixed veggies daily per pig, as well as small amounts of fruit once or twice a week as a treat. THIS (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/diet-nutrition/22156-read-me-guinea-pig-nutrition-charts-poisonous-plants-list.html)and THIS (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/diet-nutrition/24770-sample-veggie-menus.html)are good resources.

Your pigs will need a hiding house (for each), some tunnels and toys (http://guineapigcages.com/toys.htm) in the cage (in addition to exercise time outside the cage), a water bottle, and a food bowl. Jens Custom Crafts (http://www.jenscustomcrafts.com/)has amazing products for guinea pigs. I love her huts (http://www.jenscustomcrafts.com/ourshop/cat_273314-Huts.html)and corridors (http://www.jenscustomcrafts.com/ourshop/cat_273318-Corridors.html)the most. You can purchase a water bottle (http://www.amazon.com/Lixit-Econo-Guinea-Water-Bottle/dp/B00061UQCK), food bowls (http://www.amazon.com/Super-Pet-Paw-Print-PetWare-Guinea/dp/B0002AS9ME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1277328185&sr=8-1), and hiding houses at most pet stores, but it would be best if you can avoid pet stores and purchase online instead. My pigs love Igloos (http://www.amazon.com/Super-Pet-Guinea-Igloo-Hide-Out/dp/B00068K132/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1277328233&sr=8-1)the most, which you can purchase at Petsmart, as well as Timber Hide-aways (http://www.amazon.com/Timber-Hide-A-Way-Large/dp/B0002DK5QO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1277328285&sr=1-1).

Have you decided which bedding to use? I highly recommend fleece (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/bedding/21568-fleece-project-study.html), but you can also use aspen shavings (http://www.amazon.com/Aspen-Bedding-Litter-3200-Cu/dp/B0002AQMKU)(also found at pet stores) and Carefresh (http://www.amazon.com/Carefresh-Litter-Bedding-Press-Liter/dp/B001F95TRE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1277328401&sr=8-3), among the most popular/available.

Vet care gets expensive--fast--so it's a good idea to start a "vet fund" and put away a little money each month or so to get a head start on savings you can use when your pigs go to the vet (http://www.guinealynx.info/vet.html).

Good luck!

GuineaLove
06-23-10, 03:48 pm
Welcome Momto2GPigs. This is a fabulous website with lots of information. The more you look around the more you learn. I am new to this site also but I wish I had found this forum years ago. Congratulations on your new girls. They are beautiful.

GPonnett
06-23-10, 04:52 pm
Welcome and congratulations on your new pigs! I am also new to this site, it has been very helpful!

Flssgrl
06-23-10, 05:18 pm
Welcome, this has to be the best site out there to learn what pigs need for happy and healthy lives. Best Wishes!

GPGuy
06-23-10, 11:57 pm
Yes, I am getting them from a "breeder". I did check with petfinder and they didn't have any within a few hours of us, so I looked on craigslist and found her ad, among others. After inquiring about the other listings locally on craigslist and either them being gone or having never been around children, I decided to buy the guinea pigs from her.
I joined this site after my decision was made, sorry if it offends anyone.

Personally it doesn't offend me in the least. Had you known the issues you may have proceeded differently. As is, you all have your hearts set on these beauties and I can see it being pretty hard to turn your back on them now; they are gorgeous!
I do hope some of the comments don't turn you of the site though. The information here is of a very high calibre and is a benefit to all cavy owners.
Congrats and enjoy!!:D

breathemamii
06-24-10, 12:21 am
Oh my god I love her brown leg!!

TwilightStar
06-24-10, 12:30 am
Yes, I am getting them from a "breeder". I did check with petfinder and they didn't have any within a few hours of us, so I looked on craigslist and found her ad, among others. After inquiring about the other listings locally on craigslist and either them being gone or having never been around children, I decided to buy the guinea pigs from her.
I joined this site after my decision was made, sorry if it offends anyone.
It is offensive to know that you missed the site's message. Where there is a breeder, there is homeless guinea pigs. This, sadly, is how it seems to work.It doesn't matter if the guinea pigs are handled around kids or not, most are pretty gentle as long as they are handled correctly.

Breeding guinea pigs is irresponsable. There are plenty of shelter pigs or others in poor care situation facing death. And you are going to support someone who keeps bringing more and more pets into the world for the benefit of her/his wallet. Not only this, but pregnancy is very hard on a female guinea pig. All the offspring and the mother can commonly be lost due to all of the complications that can arise. It is not fair to subject the mother pig to this when there are plenty of pigs needing homes.

You admitted that there ARE craigslist pigs. You are wrong when you think the pig needs to have been around children to be good with children. Guinea pigs are mostly gentle(Exceptions, of course.) as long as they are handled correctly.

It's not too late to save some poor souls who might not have a chance at another home. :) Also, that lady shouldn't be selling her stock on Craigslist as it's against the site's rules. :/

Momto2GPigs
06-27-10, 11:57 am
Ok we picked up our gpigs today and my girls are in love!!
Flower is so tiny! Callie is only a few weeks older and more than half her size!
They are both so sweet and love to cuddle. They are sitting in my girls laps on the couch right now.
Here are some pics from right after we brought them home...http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=869&pictureid=5763&thumb=1 http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=869&pictureid=5765&thumb=1 http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=869&pictureid=5769&thumb=1

brindyzoeycandy
06-27-10, 12:40 pm
First off, welcome to the site! :)

Your piggies are very beautiful. While all of us would have preferred you adopting from a shelter, it is better than buying from a pet store, and your girls are very pretty.

I hope you enjoy this site, as it is full of much info I have learned a lot from it myself :) While some people may seem a little 'mean', they are only thinking of the animal.

Enjoy your girls!

TwilightStar
06-27-10, 12:54 pm
First off, welcome to the site! :)
While all of us would have preferred you adopting from a shelter, it is better than buying from a pet store

Buying from a breeder is as bad as buying from a pet store. There are still many homeless animals out there that need homes.

Momto2GPigs
06-27-10, 01:00 pm
It is offensive to know that you missed the site's message. Where there is a breeder, there is homeless guinea pigs. This, sadly, is how it seems to work.It doesn't matter if the guinea pigs are handled around kids or not, most are pretty gentle as long as they are handled correctly.


Don't think I have missed the sites message, I came across the site after we had put a deposit to hold on these two little girls, and they need a chance just as well.

Breeding guinea pigs is irresponsable. There are plenty of shelter pigs or others in poor care situation facing death. And you are going to support someone who keeps bringing more and more pets into the world for the benefit of her/his wallet. Not only this, but pregnancy is very hard on a female guinea pig. All the offspring and the mother can commonly be lost due to all of the complications that can arise. It is not fair to subject the mother pig to this when there are plenty of pigs needing homes.

You admitted that there ARE craigslist pigs. You are wrong when you think the pig needs to have been around children to be good with children. Guinea pigs are mostly gentle(Exceptions, of course.) as long as they are handled correctly.

Not wrong, misinformed maybe. Any yes there were craigslist ads and I did contact them, and as I said not all were still available and the ones that were, at the time I was pleasing my children that wanted girls too, so that had a lot to do with our decision.

It's not too late to save some poor souls who might not have a chance at another home. :) Also, that lady shouldn't be selling her stock on Craigslist as it's against the site's rules. :/

After visiting this site and if I had not already placed a deposit on the 2 GPigs and my girls had not already named them ect., I would of looked more in to adopting and not buying them from a breeder.

medusa_stew
06-27-10, 01:02 pm
Your dark brown pig looks very little, Make sure she is drinking and eating.

Momto2GPigs
06-27-10, 01:07 pm
Your dark brown pig looks very little, Make sure she is drinking and eating.

Neither of them have used the water bottle yet, but they both have been munching on hay. We have had them home now for about 3 hours.

Ok, showed them both where the water bottle is, Callie didn't drink any, but Flower (the little girl) did.

How old should pigs be when they go home with their new family?

Flower was born 6/10, so she is only 2.5 weeks old, I did question this in email and in person when I got her, and I was assured that she would do fine, I was told she was eating hay well and pellets. She has munched some lettuce and carrots according to the lady we got her from.
I have not offered lettuce or carrots yet, had planned to tonight after they have some time to settle in.

TwilightStar
06-27-10, 01:29 pm
Neither of them have used the water bottle yet, but they both have been munching on hay. We have had them home now for about 3 hours.

Ok, showed them both where the water bottle is, Callie didn't drink any, but Flower (the little girl) did.

How old should pigs be when they go home with their new family?

Flower was born 6/10, so she is only 2.5 weeks old, I did question this in email and in person when I got her, and I was assured that she would do fine, I was told she was eating hay well and pellets. She has munched some lettuce and carrots according to the lady we got her from.
I have not offered lettuce or carrots yet, had planned to tonight after they have some time to settle in.
Skip the carrots, and don't feed iceburg lettuce. Start feeding them bell pepper, cilantro and romaine lettuce. You should keep offering them small amounts of these veggies until they begin eating them. Guinea pigs need a minimum of 1 cup of veggies per pig per day.
Also, they sound a little too young to be sold.
I would offer them some veggies now. It is recommended to spread the daily veggies out between the day.

GuineaLove
06-27-10, 06:49 pm
Your guinea pig girls are beautiful. They are lucky to have found such a fabulous family to love and care for them. Congratulations on your new family members.

Momto2GPigs
08-31-10, 08:14 pm
Just an update, the girls are doing great!! They are getting so big!! My girls have been great with the pigs, they hold them at least once a day, even with being back to school! They enjoy having the gpigs around more than I really thought they would.

We started out using kiln dried pine shavings, then we tried the fleece, we had a problem with the fleece because the girls would pull it down and find some way to get under it every time no matter what we tried. We are now using Aspen shavings and I got a Tupperware thing to put in the corner for a "kitchen", the water bottles leak like crazy, we have been through 3 already! I have also put some fleece on a towel in one corner with a hidey sitting on top, Callie loves it, Flower likes the igloo type hidey house.

They are very good eaters, they have gotten over their finickiness.

I will try to post pics in the next couple days!!

GuineaLove
08-31-10, 09:14 pm
I am so happy your guinea pigs are doing well. They really are charming little animals that steal your heart so quickly. It sounds like they have found a great home with your family.