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Moenae
07-10-12, 09:42 pm
Is a harness or Pet Life 'Double-Ring' Pet Harness with Built-in Velcro Back Pouch - Four-legged Hikers and Campers - Featured Products - PetSmart (http://m.petsmart.com/mt/www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12293236#carousel) <----this better for a guinea pig because i want to get one a harness and leash but idk so check out the site and tell me in your opinion ehich is better

PeeweesPiggyPalace
07-10-12, 09:47 pm
Harnesses and leashes are NOT good for guinea pigs.. Please don't use them!

CavyMama
07-10-12, 09:51 pm
Harnesses and leashes are definitely not good for guinea pigs. Their spines are way too sensitive and easily injured. There's really no need to have a leash or harness anyway. It's not like you take them for walks. That would be pretty silly.

In any case, ditto what peeweesteph said, harnesses and leashes are dangerous for pigs. Do not buy them.

Moenae
07-10-12, 09:52 pm
Harnesses and leashes are NOT good for guinea pigs.. Please don't use them! they say its good for them long as you dont pul them and let them take the lead

PeeweesPiggyPalace
07-10-12, 09:55 pm
they say its good for them long as you dont pul them and let them take the lead

I didn't mean to thank this post..! Who is they..? I don't think anyone on here will agree that a harness and leash are ok for piggies.. They are NoT built like dogs.. And are way too fragile..

Moenae
07-10-12, 09:57 pm
I didn't mean to thank this post..! Who is they..? I don't think anyone on here will agree that a harness and leash are ok for piggies.. They are NoT built like dogs.. And are way too fragile..The people from petsmart but i think they just say this to get more money

MissJean
07-10-12, 09:58 pm
If you want to have your piggies out of their cage for play, make a secure floor-time area. Just buy an extra box of grids and ziptie them together.

Just because a product says it's for guinea pigs, does not mean it's good for them.Some companies (shocker) don't actually care to make sure their product is 100% healthy. Pet store employees are also trained to *sell* things. They're not the best sources of information.

PeeweesPiggyPalace
07-10-12, 09:59 pm
The people from petsmart but i think they just say this to get more money

Yes.. It is ALL about the money for them! Please do not put your piggies through that.. And build a play pen :-)
Same goes for the balls and wheels.. A NO GO for piggies..

Lord_aperture
07-10-12, 10:00 pm
They tell you that just to get you to buy it, unfortunately what most of the the companies that make small animal products tell you on the labels and packaging is incorrect. Because most of the time they don't care and do little to no research to stay up to date on pet care.

brupoppiggies
07-10-12, 10:00 pm
We were told the same thing, so I bought one when we got our first pig, We were told a harness would be great for exercise. After some research I realized this product is NOT safe for the pigs who are prey animals prone to dart when they startled, increasing the risk of injury. Because of this the harness and leash now belong to my daughter's FurReal Kitty. The manufacturers and sales people are out to sell a product, and this isn't the only product marketed to guinea pig owners that aren't actually safe or appropriate for our little family members. I would really encourage you to research the products you plan to purchase before you buy.

Moenae
07-10-12, 10:05 pm
Ill get him a pet carrier for trips to other people houses and get him a play pen and more floor time ��

Moenae
07-10-12, 10:06 pm
Does anyone has a play pen suggsetion fron petsmart or walmart

Lord_aperture
07-10-12, 10:11 pm
Also just to add do not take anything the PetSmart people say seriously when it comes to small pet care. I know half the time they are just doing what they where trained to do, but the information they get while trained is very wrong and even can hurt your pet. Read all the sticky treads they are filled with all the real help full information .

lissie
07-10-12, 10:54 pm
Does anyone has a play pen suggsetion fron petsmart or walmart

Whitmor White Wire Storage Cubes, Four Cubes Interlocked - Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Whitmor-White-Wire-Storage-Cubes-Four-Cubes-Interlocked/5005200)

Use cable ties to connect the panels together.
Walmart.com: Liberty Cable 8'' Nylon White Cable Tie: TV & Video (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Liberty-Cable-8-Nylon-White-Cable-Tie/15722869)

The finished product will look like this.
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/515/medium/Picture_1381.jpg (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=21436&title=floor-time-for-barnaby-and-ernie&cat=515)


See this photo gallery for more ideas.
Free Range/Floor Time - Guinea Pig Cage Photos (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=515)

michizhou
07-10-12, 11:02 pm
Is their cage permanently there? If so, how do you sit on the couch? lol, but that's a great cage! It's huge & I bet your piggies love it! (:

michizhou
07-10-12, 11:02 pm
Whitmor White Wire Storage Cubes, Four Cubes Interlocked - Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Whitmor-White-Wire-Storage-Cubes-Four-Cubes-Interlocked/5005200)

Use cable ties to connect the panels together.
Walmart.com: Liberty Cable 8'' Nylon White Cable Tie: TV & Video (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Liberty-Cable-8-Nylon-White-Cable-Tie/15722869)

The finished product will look like this.
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/515/medium/Picture_1381.jpg (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=21436&title=floor-time-for-barnaby-and-ernie&cat=515)


See this photo gallery for more ideas.
Free Range/Floor Time - Guinea Pig Cage Photos (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=515)

Oops, I meant to quote my previous comment. Sorry!

Moenae
07-10-12, 11:03 pm
Whitmor White Wire Storage Cubes, Four Cubes Interlocked - Walmart.com (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Whitmor-White-Wire-Storage-Cubes-Four-Cubes-Interlocked/5005200)

Use cable ties to connect the panels together.
Walmart.com: Liberty Cable 8'' Nylon White Cable Tie: TV & Video (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Liberty-Cable-8-Nylon-White-Cable-Tie/15722869)

The finished product will look like this.
http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/data/515/medium/Picture_1381.jpg (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=21436&title=floor-time-for-barnaby-and-ernie&cat=515)


See this photo gallery for more ideas.
Free Range/Floor Time - Guinea Pig Cage Photos (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showgallery.php?cat=515)How many cubes did it take you to make it so big

lissie
07-10-12, 11:11 pm
Is their cage permanently there? If so, how do you sit on the couch? lol, but that's a great cage! It's huge & I bet your piggies love it! (:

It's not my cage, not my floor time pen either :) I found the pic in the gallery and think it's a good sample.


How many cubes did it take you to make it so big

I counted 22 grids.

Edit: Two boxes of the storage cubes from Walmart will be enough. There are 16 grids in the box. You could make smaller playpen from just one box.

Have you consider making C&C cage?
Guinea Pig Cages, Your Cavy At Home (http://www.guineapigcages.com/)

lissie
07-10-12, 11:28 pm
I have these grids from Bed Bath and Beyond. They are plastic and are lighter. In my opinion, they are easier to setup and put away after floor time.
Cube Grid with 2 Bins - Green - Bed Bath & Beyond (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=17990888)

Moenae
07-10-12, 11:36 pm
I have these grids from Bed Bath and Beyond. They are plastic and are lighter. In my opinion, they are easier to setup and put away after floor time.
Cube Grid with 2 Bins - Green - Bed Bath & Beyond (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=17990888)It only take one of those to make the playpen

lissie
07-10-12, 11:42 pm
The box from Bed Bath and Beyond only has 16 grids. On box should be enough for a playpen.

Oops! Just noticed I gave wrong info on the Walmart grids. There are only 16 grids in the box. The 23 grids are the 6 cube storage from Sears and K-Mart

Floor Standing 6-Cube Storage Unit- Stor-Tools-Garage Organization & Shelving-Storage Hooks & Accessories (http://www.sears.com/stor-floor-standing-6-cube-storage-unit/p-00913332000P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1)

Floor Standing 6-Cube Storage Unit- Stor-Tools-Garage Organization & Shelving-Storage Hooks & Accessories (http://www.kmart.com/stor-floor-standing-6-cube-storage-unit/p-010W435219990001P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1)

PeeweesPiggyPalace
07-10-12, 11:45 pm
Ill get him a pet carrier for trips to other people houses and get him a play pen and more floor time 

Why are you taking him to other peoples houses??

Moenae
07-10-12, 11:45 pm
The box from Bed Bath and Beyond only has 16 grids. On box should be enough for a playpen.

Oops! Just noticed I gave wrong info on the Walmart grids. There are only 16 grids in the box. The 23 grids are the 6 cube storage from Sears and K-Mart i have one guinea pig and im suppose to be getting another one sooooo will a 16 grid will br enough for two or should i get one frome bath body and beyond

Floor Standing 6-Cube Storage Unit- Stor-Tools-Garage Organization & Shelving-Storage Hooks & Accessories (http://www.sears.com/stor-floor-standing-6-cube-storage-unit/p-00913332000P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1)

Floor Standing 6-Cube Storage Unit- Stor-Tools-Garage Organization & Shelving-Storage Hooks & Accessories (http://www.kmart.com/stor-floor-standing-6-cube-storage-unit/p-010W435219990001P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1)

Moenae
07-10-12, 11:48 pm
Why are you taking him to other peoples houses??Thts my cuddle buddy i love him to death!!!!!! :)

lissie
07-10-12, 11:51 pm
One box should be fine for the playpen. Will you be building them a C&C cage too?

Moenae
07-10-12, 11:55 pm
One box should be fine for the playpen. Will you be building them a C&C cage too?Idk i think i might use it as a play pen because the one i have now its kind a baby but its not weeks old and when he gets bigger ill just use the play pen as his cage and expand it later on and give him lots of floor time while im switching it out

CavyMama
07-11-12, 04:09 pm
The box from Bed Bath and Beyond only has 16 grids. On box should be enough for a playpen.

The box of grids from Bed, Bath & Beyond has 20 grids. They say it makes 4 cubes. Each cube has 5 grids (4 sides and a bottom).

CavyMama
07-11-12, 04:10 pm
Thts my cuddle buddy i love him to death!!!!!! :)

That's great that you love him but as peeweesteph asked you, why are you taking him to other people's houses? That much transition will cause your pig a lot of stress.

lissie
07-11-12, 04:11 pm
The box of grids from Bed, Bath & Beyond has 20 grids. They say it makes 4 cubes. Each cube has 5 grids (4 sides and a bottom).

No, it comes with 16, you don't count the cubes that are sharing walls/ceiling/floor.

CavyMama
07-11-12, 04:34 pm
No, people who are using them to actually make cubes, for storage or whatnot need 5 to make one cube.

Hmmm...I went to the Bed, Bath & Beyond site and tried counting the number of grids on the photo for the cubes. And although they are interlockedm it does appear that there are probably closer to 16, like Lissie said...or 17 now with the shelf grid they include. When they say 4 cubes, they should mean 4 separate cubes and not assume that people will interlock them.

lissie
07-11-12, 04:39 pm
I have the green plastic grids. There are 16 grids in the box. Are you referring to the other cube type? I'm talking about the green plastic ones in my link.

Edit to add:
There are only 16 grids for a 4 cube storage. See the count here.
30212

CavyMama
07-11-12, 05:06 pm
I was talking about the regular wire grids from Bed, Bath & Beyond. Grid Wire Modular Shelving and Storage Cubes - Bed Bath & Beyond (http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=16719773)

Moenae
07-11-12, 07:18 pm
That's great that you love him but as peeweesteph asked you, why are you taking him to other people's houses? That much transition will cause your pig a lot of stress.I cant leave him at home because i dont have him another friend to stay with him im going to get one soon

PeeweesPiggyPalace
07-11-12, 08:12 pm
I cant leave him at home because i dont have him another friend to stay with him im going to get one soon

He would be better off home alone for a short time other that taking him to other places.. It really does stress them out..

LitaRutherford
07-11-12, 08:35 pm
Just want to say not all piggies get stressed in new places. My Porcupine does very well out and about. He's only been to the vet once and the pet store once since after that it got hot but he loved being fawned over. But once the weather relaxes I plan to take him out more often. And I've seen some people say they take theirs out. So if you plan on it do a trial first to figure out how he'd handle it. Someplace with changing sounds but nothing horribly loud. If he seems relaxed you should be ok with taking him to a friends. If he seems scared or nervous though, then it would be a little mean to take him into new enviorments often. Piggies have a huge range of personalities and comfort levels. I mean there are guinea pigs who visit nursing homes and hospice centers, those are always changing.

schavarry
07-11-12, 11:51 pm
Honestly I've taken 3 different piggies on trips for different reasons (trips with nobody to watch them, vet visits, etc.) And none of them ever seemed thrilled to go some where, the car ride stresses them out, being carried in somewhere stresses them out, being in a cage that isn't their C&C cage stresses them out.

LitaRutherford might be right, your piggy MIGHT enjoy going somewhere but it could REALLY stress them out too.

The LAST place I would ever take a guinea pig willingly is PetSmart! Or any other pet store that sells animals because your piggy could pick up something while you're there...

I understand the want to take your g-pig to a friend's house, especially if you're spending the night and afraid your parents won't take care of him, but in my opinion - it'll be way more effort and stress for your piggy than it's worth!

Moenae
07-12-12, 04:31 am
Honestly I've taken 3 different piggies on trips for different reasons (trips with nobody to watch them, vet visits, etc.) And none of them ever seemed thrilled to go some where, the car ride stresses them out, being carried in somewhere stresses them out, being in a cage that isn't their C&C cage stresses them out.

LitaRutherford might be right, your piggy MIGHT enjoy going somewhere but it could REALLY stress them out too.

The LAST place I would ever take a guinea pig willingly is PetSmart! Or any other pet store that sells animals because your piggy could pick up something while you're there...

I understand the want to take your g-pig to a friend's house, especially if you're spending the night and afraid your parents won't take care of him, but in my opinion - it'll be way more effort and stress for your piggy than it's worth!
How do you take
Your guinea pig in petsmart...like do you hold him
Keep him in the box thingy or
Leash him/her and let it go where it wants instead of pulling
On
It

schavarry
07-15-12, 02:52 pm
How do you take
Your guinea pig in petsmart...like do you hold him
Keep him in the box thingy or
Leash him/her and let it go where it wants instead of pulling
On
It

Please do NOT take your piggy into a pet store that sells animals, they could pick up something from the other piggies and become sick, and if there are dogs in there it could stress out the piggy. If you NEED to take your pig somewhere, such as the vet, I suggest getting a carrier.
This is the carrier I have: Amazon.com: Super Pet Guinea Pig Take Me Home Medium Travel Carrier, Colors Vary: Pet Supplies (http://www.amazon.com/Super-Pet-Guinea-Medium-Carrier/dp/B0002ASBUO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1342385441&sr=8-2&keywords=guinea+pig+carrier)

Please do NOT ever put your piggy on a leash!!

piggi_zone
07-15-12, 03:27 pm
I got a question how do you tell he is stressed?

schavarry
07-15-12, 03:59 pm
I got a question how do you tell he is stressed?

This could just be me personifying my guinea pig but it seems that their eyes bug out more when I'm doing something they don't like- when I go to pick them up, when I'm cleaning my boy's anal sac, when they're in their vet carrier, etc.

Also if they squeal - not wheeking or chirping but squealing is a distressed sound.

Their breathing tends to be more labored when they're in their carrier - or at least it seems that way to me.

piggi_zone
07-15-12, 04:04 pm
not that I take mine everywhere just the vets. Mine are usually pretty quite when they are in
the carrier and seem content. Not chirping but quiet, usually sitting and waiting to see what
gonna happen.

schavarry
07-15-12, 04:14 pm
not that I take mine everywhere just the vets. Mine are usually pretty quite when they are in
the carrier and seem content. Not chirping but quiet, usually sitting and waiting to see what
gonna happen.

Mine are quiet once they're in the carrier, but when it's time to go in they spread their legs so they're hard to put into the carrier opening and squeal! Once they're in it, they kinda take on the whole "dang it, ok..." attitude.

Guinea_lover327
08-31-12, 04:29 pm
I know harnesses are bad but what if I put it on them for like 1min just to walk around the house....my mom was against guinea pigs and now she starting to warm up to them and she was soo happy to buy them a harness and she called it cute...I would feel sad that she wasted her money but we're new to guinea pigs soo we didn't know...

kananaka
08-31-12, 04:37 pm
I know harnesses are bad but what if I put it on them for like 1min just to walk around the house....my mom was against guinea pigs and now she starting to warm up to them and she was soo happy to buy them a harness and she called it cute...I would feel sad that she wasted her money but we're new to guinea pigs soo we didn't know... Here's the thing, those harnesses make it really easy for pigs to get broken bones and all sorts of other injuries. Guinea pigs should not be left to wander around the house, hence most people have a play area that they have piggy proofed and enclosed.

pinky
08-31-12, 05:17 pm
It only take one of those to make the playpen

Check craigslist and Goodwill to see if you can get them cheaper. That's how I got most of mine.