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    Hey!

    In January 2006, i lost my beloved Piggy named Snow,
    Who lived to be 1 and a half years old.
    It took me a couple days to stop crying,
    But when i looked at her dead in my garage (hadnt buried her yet) i just started crying again.
    I loved her very much, but i regret very much having her,
    As i know now she didnt live a good life.
    (Besides the fact that i played w/ her, and she only trusted me and was scared of the rest of the world)
    I did not know anything about piggies when i had her,
    Just the knowledge my friend knew (which wasnt very much) (And a book, from school which wasnt of much help)
    She was in a cage (alone) that wasnt big at all, way too small for a piggy.
    I didnt know they needed hay, and the only fruits/veggies i had ever given her was some celery and a cut up apple.
    I wasnt much younger, and i cant beleive i hadnt known my piggy wasnt living well.
    I didnt know why she died, but it definetely wasnt of old age...
    Now id really like another piggy, and id really like to take very good care of it.
    (I do not plan on getting one soon though.)
    And that is why i want to do research, and get info from you piggy owners.
    And you recommend cages and stuff. I like the C & C cages alot.
    I feel extremely horrible about how irrasponsible i was.
    1 More Question: Can piggies live in pairs w/ out fighting??
    Please give my information about piggies!!

    PS: Actually, i want 2!

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    Re: <3 Hey! <3

    Yes piggies can live in pairs without fighting. You need a same sex pair or a neutered male or spayed female. They are heard animals so they will like each others company.

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    Re: <3 Hey! <3

    Thanks for the welcome!
    I do own a healthy hamster boy named Maple though.
    After awhile and getting my parents permission i think id have room in my room for a big cage.
    Are pigs nocturnal??
    My Snow was up at night and the day so i couldnt tell!

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    Re: <3 Hey! <3

    Read this website for everything there is to know about raising a healthy pig: www.guinealynx.info . When you're done with that one, www.cavyspirit.com has great information on social life and a lot of other stuff you can't find anywhere else.

    Welcome.

    And p.s. when you get your next piggies, make sure to adopt!

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    Re: <3 Hey! <3

    Trust me, im really considering adopting!
    I feel so bad for those pigs, and they deserve a good home!

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    Re: <3 Hey! <3

    Yeah those are some good links you should read. But piggies arent nocturnal but mine are active at night too.

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    Re: <3 Hey! <3

    Thats a good thing.
    I have enough noise with Maple running on her wheel all night.
    But ive gotten used to it.
    Im reading up on those links: they are great help!

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    Re: <3 Hey! <3

    I am editing the title of this thread as we have a member that we tend to call <3.

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    Re: Hey!

    Welcome to the forum. It's great that you're researching and getting your facts together before getting your next pair of piggies. Yes, they live better and seem happier in at least a pair of same sex piggies or with a neutered or spayed piggie.

    You'll find all your information as posted by nonamian_girl. Don't fret about your poor other piggie. I feel the same. I didn't have a piggie before but my brother did. He was in a very small store-bought cage and received the occassional iceberg lettuce and carrot. He never got any hay and I'm sure not alot of space to just run. I feel dreadful that Quentin lived like that, but now we know better.

    I have seven girls that live in a huges C&C cage. They get unlimited hay and a variety of veggies with the occassional fruit. They have a good quality pellet and are very loved. They get to spread their little feet in their playpen (not as often as I'd like) but with their cage being so huge and someone's always got someone out holding, cuddling, grooming, they get their share.

    Ok, I've rambled on enough. Good luck. And please, please rescue from a shelter or rescue near you. When you're ready, the members can help you with links to find the perfect match.

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    Re: Hey!

    Im not at all ready yet.
    But ill ask my parents in a couple days or so, and start raising money fr a cage and the piggy.
    I dont think we have a rescue centers where i live.
    Im in Southern Florida...

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    Re: Hey!

    I dont think we have a rescue centers where i live
    You'd be really surprised. Check out www.Petfinder.com

    I bet there are TONS of piggies just waiting to be adopted by you!

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    Re: Hey!

    Southwest FL/
    Sarasota
    Sarasota Guinea Pig RescueLaurie Johnson
    muchelli hotmail
    941-586-4531
    Cavy Princess!!!!!

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    Re: Hey!

    Quote Originally Posted by nonamian_girl
    You'd be really surprised. Check out www.Petfinder.com

    I bet there are TONS of piggies just waiting to be adopted by you!
    I remember that place.
    I just went to it and there are a couple in my area.
    When im ready to get a piggy im adopting from there.

    EDIT: Just checked again, there are tons!!

    EDIT (AGAIN): I want 2 girls, bad news: most except for a couple are boys...

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    Re: Hey!

    Boys are just as good .

    It's really great that you're going to adopt, and I'm happy to hear that you will wait until you're ready. Meanwhile, just keep researching, you can never know enough!

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    Re: Hey!

    So, wait until there are girls. Be patient. Didn't you say that you don't even have parental permission on this yet? What's wrong with saving boys? Saving a life is saving a life - sex of the pet hardly matters.
    Cavy Princess!!!!!

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    Re: Hey!

    I have a reason for wanting 2 girls:

    2 Girls would get along.
    And neutering a male would cost alot of money...

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    Re: Hey!

    Two boys would get along too, if you have a big enough cage. Keep reading and you will find that it's just a myth that boys won't get along. One member here has seven, all in one cage, and all get along just fine.

    You don't need to neuter them if they are both boys. Neutering does not change the behaviour of guinea pigs. It's not necessary unless you have a mixed-sex pair. HOWEVER, some rescues even neuter animals before they let you adopt them.

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    Re: Hey!

    Kudos on researching before adopting. I have 3 boys that live fine together in a big cage, they even live right alongside 2 girls and they still don't fight.

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    Re: Hey!

    Arent bin cages to small?
    My hamster is in a bin cage.
    But im scared that (well i know) i cant sex animals for my life, (unless they are cats or dogs)
    And if i got them mixed up i definetely dont want pups!!

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    Re: Hey!

    Yes of course bin cages are too small. You can build a proper cage for about $35, www.cavycages.com .

    You can get the shelter to sex them for you. If you're unsure, you can ask your vet to do it.

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