What i have written to convince my parents on getting a guinea pig
This is what I have written to convince my parents on getting a guinea pig sorry for it being in a bad format I made it in word. Tell me what I should add or change NOTE:
I haven't gone through it yet for grammar I was just focusing on writing my ideas down.
A Guinea pig
I have been saving up for a while now and done a lot ofresearch, and what I want is a popular furry cuddly companion. The Guinea Pig.
What if ourcat try’s to attack it?
Guinea pigs are pretty big creatures there average length is 0.7- 0.8 ft. Most cats are actually afraid of Guinea pigs. At first it’s naturalfor a cat to be curios but as long as you have a covered cage our cat won’t bea problem she will realize that it can’t touch the Guinea pigs and see that it’sa lost cause.
Even if she can get to where the pigs are she can’t get themin a cage if I got Guinea pigs the cage would be in my room because I can shutthe door too but even if Its accidently left open the pigs would still be safe.
User Sallyvh says “Our cats and pigs live togetherharmoniously, the guinea pigs aren't afraid of the cats at all. If the catspeek their faces up against the cage the pigs will come running over to seethem and we even have cat beds on top of our cage and at any given time therewill be 3 or 4 cats sleeping up there. My pigs aren't bothered by the catsjumping up and down off the cage, they just continue going about their businesslike nothing is happening. The odd time a cat will stick its paws through thegrids but they have never tried to harm the pigs, they are just being curiousand if a pig gets tapped by a paw they normally just move away. Sometimes weget a foster who came from living outside and they are particularly interestedin the pigs but they quickly learn that they can't get them so the cat willjust watch. I've never had an issue with any of my pigs getting hurt and wehave had around 50 cats move through our house in the past few years. WheneverI do floor time I close the doors to the room my pigs are kept in so that thecats won't bother them.”
Am I responsible to care for a guineapig and what are their needs?
Well I am theone who helps a lot with taking care of our cat, I clean her litter box, in themorning I always check her food dish and refill it if needed, and replace herwater, than I will feed her in the evening.
Guinea pigshave a lot of similar needs to cats, guinea pigs are social animals meaningthey thrive in groups so it always a good idea to get 2 instead of 1 becausethey will live longer in groups. They love attention, they like to be pet andcuddled, they require Water, Hay, food pellets (like olives crunchies), andtwice a day you give them a cup of vegetables as a meal in the morning and inthe evening. An example of a schedule would
Spot clean cage. Check water, hay &pellets
Freshen hay, water & pellets if needed.Spot clean. (More thorough cleaning might be necessary depending on number& messiness of pigs.)
Floor-time for at least 30 minutes, longer ifpossible. Approx. 1 cup of dark greens each pig.
Cuddle time, also a good time to perform a“feeling” check, brushing, or ear cleaning
Bi-weekly(every 2 weeks): nail trim, and bath
I would bedoing all the work for the Guinea pigs.
How toclean the cage
Every day itis a good idea to spot clean the cage this process is done so by removing allexcess food and using a paper towel making sure all bedding is dry. You willhave to replace bedding with dry bedding often.
Every week it’srecommended to do a full clean. A thrall clean of the whole cage you mustremove all toys, hidey houses, and bedding. Spray the sides and bottom of thecage with a spray bottle filled with 1/2 plain, white vinegar and 1/2 water.Wipe dry.
Most peoplethink that Guinea pigs are smelly but that’s only if you don’t clean your cagefrequently enough.
Anotherthing is Guinea pigs can actually be litter trained.
What do you do with them when we goon vacation?
Most vets will offer a boarding service for Guinea pigs andyou can also board them at a local pet store. An alternative option to boardingservices, is getting a friend, family member or neighbor to look after your Guineapig when you gone.
Where would the cage be?
It can go inmy room, and the door can be shut so Olive can’t get in. Even if she did itwould be fine because we would get a covered cage. The Guinea pigs wouldn’tbother anyone by squeaking too much, because even though they are socialanimals, they mostly squeak when they need something, and they are notnocturnal animals so they sleep at night. So they wouldn’t be waking anyone up.Even if Guinea pigs where ever too loud you could shut my door and theywouldn’t be able to be heard from outside my room, so if they were making noisewhen you were on the phone in your work day it wouldn’t be a problem.
It’s too much money
To first start off with a guinea pig it can be a littlepricey but I can support all costs of everything. (Total Dollars Raised $400For Spending) It costs around $180-$350 to first start off.
Do they need to be taken to the vet
Some peopletake them once a year, others only when they need it. Unlike dogs and cats andsome other animals, they don't get vaccinations, so there's no need for a tripfor those.
Guinea pigs need a big cage you can’tget this in pet stores, so for a cage I recommend one of these cages online http://www.guineapigcagesstore.com/standard-covered-guinea-pig-cages
they cost between $100-$140 while most pet stores charge $130-$220 for a cagethat’s 4 times smaller. The cages in the link are big enough for Guinea pigsand they are all covered cages so no cat would be able to get to them
Guinea pigs need Timothy Hay noother kind of hay is good for some are too rich and fattening, Timothy haycosts between $10-$25 per bag. The bags are pretty big. They will last about amonth
Standard food pellets usually cost $10
Water bottles cost about $6-$14
Hay, foodpellets, and water is a big part in a guinea pigs diets as well as vegetablebut Food, Hay, and water should always be available for guinea pigs at all time
Guinea pigsalso need 1 cup of vegetables a day (half a cup in the morning, half a cup inthe evening) Here is a list of vegetables that guinea pigs can eat http://www.happycavy.com/what-can-guinea-pigs-eat/#list
-Other cage accessory’s
-Toys theyshould have toys to chew on
-Hay rackfor putting hay in
-Food dishesfor pellets and veggies
Pros and cons
~they wouldmake me really happy
~they liketo cuddle
~If I getone I would end up spending less time on electronics caring for them
~teach responsibility and commitment
~you can hold them while doing homework
~petting them is a good stress reliever
~they have fun just hiding in blankets
~some respond to their name
~they make cute noises when they think theregoing to be feed.
~ youcan train the to walk from one room to another to go to its cage to go away.
~they tolerate pain well
~if we adopt we would be saving a life
~they are fairlyquiet at night
~they are great pets if you can give it whatit needs and love it.
~there afive year commitment
~they should get daily exercise (If you have abig cage its okay if they don’t have it some days)
~you have to change the litter once or twice aweek
~you have to change their water daily
~you have to feed them at morning and in theevening
~give them snacks
~they need a cage mate or should have one, ifthey don’t they can get depressed and bored
~they shed their hair
~they need to have their nails cut every oncein a while
Where to can you get one?
We shouldcheck out the local shelter and see what they have, last option would begetting one from a breeder. Not from a pet store
most animals at petstores have illnesses already and are in bad health because they are not breedfor quality, they are breed for quantity. So adoption should be first option
I can cover the cost
Our cat won’t be an issue with a covered cage
We know where you can take them when you have to go onvacation
I am responsible enough
I know all supplies needed and how to take care ofthem
You know I can clean the cage
You know where we can find some
I have suggested a location for the cage
You know the pros and cons