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    New to the piggie world

    Hi everyone-

    I just bought my first guinea pig last week, 3-mo-old boy named Houdini (aka Hootie). I was thinking that I would be able to give him enough attention that I didn't need to get two (whether or not you agree, this isn't the place to argue, but this was the conclusion I reached after talking to multiple people who own piggies and doing a lot of research). However, I am noticing that I don't have the time that I expected to, so I do plan on getting him a friend.

    Either way, I'm new at this and am thankful for awesome websites/resources about how to raise piggies.

    I do have a lot of questions about Hootie's behavior that still weren't answered no matter how hard I looked; if you have time, please look at my post and respond with your thoughts about how to work with him:

    http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/...-work-him.html

    Thanks!
    Looking forward to many happy years with my piggie! =]

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    Re: New to the piggie world

    Welcome to the forum!

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    Re: New to the piggie world

    Welcome!

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    Re: New to the piggie world

    Welcome! Love the name Houdini--I have a miniature horse named that.

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    Re: New to the piggie world

    Quote Originally Posted by foggycreekcavy View Post
    Welcome! Love the name Houdini--I have a miniature horse named that.
    Oh my god, miniature horses are the cutest things and i've always wanted one. Compared to a full size horse is it harder or easier to care for one? Or the same?

    And welcome to @elkaye

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    Re: New to the piggie world

    Well, less food of course. But the same as far as time and vet bills! I find my minis to be super smart and not near as "reactive" as big horses can be, but when you come right down to it they are still horses!

    Elkaye, is your pig named Houdini because he's an escape artist?

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    Re: New to the piggie world

    Thanks everyone!

    @foggycreekcavy - he IS an escape artist! I've only had him for a week and a half, but I've noticed that he's smart and catches on quick.

    The first day I had him I was building his C&C cage, and I left him in the box I brought him home in. He must have jumped out (which I understand b/c the walls are only about 6" high max, so it's totally my fault). But then I had him on a towel surrounded by the grids for my C&C cage (I was working on the coroplast part). Those grids are 14" high, and he STILL got out! I have no idea how, and I know for sure those gaps are too small for him to fit through. I can only guess that he climbed up and over the grid (which I would have LOVED to see and am still skeptical about), or he has magical powers.

    I was thinking of calling him Hamlet, but after those two heart pounding circumstances, Houdini seemed appropriate. Thank God, he wasn't injured and I was able to get him back safely really quick.

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