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Butterfly Dancing
10-03-02, 11:15 pm
Hi!

I'm new to the world of Guinea Pigs and I need lots of advice. I just bought my first a male with chewed up ears (he's soo cuuute!). I bought everything the pet store told me I'd need, now i just wanna know how often does he need a bath, what kind of toys etc to buy, and especially how long it takes for him to get adjusted to me and my family. Any advice will be very very welcome.



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Yaelcow
10-04-02, 01:29 pm
Please read www.cavyspirit.com for all the information you need to know about guinea pigs. Pet stores can give misinformation, sell you too small of a cage, and sell you sick animals. Also, you might want to consider adopting (not buying) a friend for your new pal as guinea pigs are social animals.

Butterfly Dancing
10-04-02, 02:00 pm
Cool. Thanks!

semcavylover
10-10-02, 11:05 am
Most likely your gp will not need a bath unless it has a problem with mites or other skin conditions. I would keep an eye on his ears, if they have been chewed on they could get infected. Also a visit to a vet probably isn't such a bad idea, just so you can see where you stand with him. If you do adopt a friend for him, make sure it is of the same sex or you get him neutered and you adopt a female. Great advice from Yaelcow....Good luck with your new found friend!!!

cavy owner
11-03-02, 02:06 pm
GP's should have baths even wothout the conditions
semcavylover mentioned, you dont need to do it often, about 2-3 times a year

SuperCavyLover
11-07-02, 05:23 pm
I give my guinea pigs a bath frequently. Some of them actually like being in the sink with 1-2 inches of water, and some of my other cavies don't like it at all! When to bathe a guinea pig depends on if your guinea pig is dirty or not. Mine don't neccessarily get dirty too often, but they do get baths. It's just a personal preference of mine :)

KimberlyandGiggles
12-24-02, 10:33 am
I give my guinea a bath when ever I clean his cages which is every week.

CavySpirit
12-24-02, 04:23 pm
You really shouldn't be bathing guinea pigs frequently. Once a week is way too much. Once every few months is plenty IF they even need it. Longer haired guinea pigs just need occassional butt baths inbetween.

CavySpirit
12-24-02, 04:25 pm
<strong>THE BEST</strong> place to go for beginners is this care guide: guinealynx.info/healthycavy.html (http://guinealynx.info/healthycavy.html)

My site (www.cavyspirit.com) is good for certain information, but for a comprehensive yet summarized starter, the Guinea Lynx Care Guide has it all.