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    Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    I came across a site that said only give your guinea pigs bottles water. City water (tap water) is not good for them. I am totally against buying bottled water. Can the Pigs just drink regualr old water?

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    Untrue if you have good & safe tap water like most of us do. But if you have hard water it could cause sludge in many pigs, in that case you can install a filter.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    Well the problem with tap water is that there are minerals and other things in there that might not be good for the guinea pigs, especially if you live some where with hard water. It really depends on your area. I live in San Diego and our water is really hard so I have to give purified water. You can try just watch there pee, if you see anything white then you will need to give purified water as there is too much calcium in your water.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    Thats good to know. I live in a good water area. Water is not too soft or hard.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    You don't have to buy bottled water. Tap water is okay, but I always use our filtered water for my rabbit, because you never know what the city puts in the water that could potentially be harmful. I don't want to risk it, but depending on your area is it sometimes not as risky as other places.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    Kirsty, if by purified water you mean distilled water, don't use that. It's had all the minerals removed from it, and they need some. Bottled water is ok but expensive and hard on the environment. The best thing to do is buy a filter -- you can get them to fit your sink or get a pitcher with a filter. Some newer refrigerators have filters in the water lines. You just have to remember to change them at the specified intervals.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    No I don't mean distilled, I simply meant purified water, such as the kind that comes in bottles or the fridge but it doesn't sound like she has one at her home is all.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    Another option is getting water by the gallon at grocery stores. The kind you can refill so you don't waste a bunch of bottles. Its also cheaper than bottled water.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    I have a Britta filter. I won't drink our tap water so I don't think our piggies should. I just run it through the filter and it's good to go! When we visit my parents though we just give them tap water because it tastes as good as our filtered water.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    i dechlorinate the water i give to my piggie since i have fish anyway.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    You don't want to give them softened water from the tap, either. I give mine bottled water that has no added minerals. We have a private well so our water is awful and I think it caused bladder stones in one of my male guinea pigs when I gave them tap water.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    Whatever you do, don't buy the PUR attachable one-click installation filter. I bought one without first reading reviews on it (which is a rarity for me ) and they pretty much got me on that one. It falls straight off my faucet if the water pressure is too high. I nearly had a heart attack when I was doing dishes only to find myself covered in water from the darn thing dropping in. It's happened twice more since then. If I were you, I'd invest money in either a separate brand (Culligan, Brita, etc) or buy a pitcher. I think the price for refill cartridges for the pitchers are like half that of the sink adapter ones, if I'm wrong please correct me on that!! But I wanted to give out a friendly warning on that one. There are also youtube vids of the number of things that have gone wrong with the PUR sink adapter filters. Til I buy a new one though, I just pop it on the sink and turn on the filter part and filter just enough water to fill the bottle and then pop it back off. So, I hope I helped a tad, I wish someone could have warned me before I doled out the thirty bucks to get got on this one. -.-

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    Quote Originally Posted by HannibalLecter View Post
    Untrue if you have good & safe tap water like most of us do. But if you have hard water it could cause sludge in many pigs, in that case you can install a filter.
    You'd really need to have your water tested to see what's in it. I went on a tour of a water purification plant and was really shocked to see what it takes to make the water safe. I didn't drink tap water for quite a while after that.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    Most bottled water is essentially filtered tap water. I see no reason to waste money (and plastic) buying bottle water. A filter is much cheaper and more earth friendly.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    There are different types of filters and not all types remove different things, like fluoride. Reverse osmosis systems vary, too. Better reverse osmosis systems send about 2 to 3 gallons down the drain for every gallon of "good" water. Cheaper systems can send as much as 6 gallons down the drain. There are drawbacks to different types of filtering systems. Brita doesn't remove fluoride or heavy metals.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    some dechlorinators remove chlorine, chloramine, and heavy metals

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    If you just let your water sit overnight, the chlorine in it evaporates.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    but cloramine and heavy metals dont. i think seachem prime does heavy metals and chloramine.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    here you go.
    http://www.amazon.com/Seachem-433-Prime-500ml/dp/B00025694O
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    etoxifies heavy metals and you can find it at petco/ petsmart. 1ml treats a 10 gallons so it will last a while

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    Re: Can guinea pigs have tap water?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sl and S View Post
    here you go.
    http://www.amazon.com/Seachem-433-Prime-500ml/dp/B00025694O
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    etoxifies heavy metals and you can find it at petco/ petsmart. 1ml treats a 10 gallons so it will last a while
    What about the effect of sulfur dioxide and sodium based chemicals that are used in the process?

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