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What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

Muddy405

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I am new to guinea pins and i was wondering what the bare minimum of things i needed was?
 

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Oops! i ment Guinea Pigs
 

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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

Probably Medical info, Diet, Daily Care, Monthly care, grooming, bedding. So basically, you should know ALOT. Never trust what breeders and pet stores say.
 

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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

A cage: preferably 2x4 c&c for 2

At least 1 of:
house or hiding place
water bottle(2 is useful incase 1 doesn't work)
food dish

Food:
hay: alfalfa for young pigs and grass hay for adults
variety of veggies
good quality pellets: not hartz, kaytee is acceptable but I'd rather feed no pellets if that's all I could get, oxbow and kleenmamas pellets are best which you can order from oxbowhay.com or kmshayloft.com if oxbow pellets aren't sold in your area. Pellets are not necessary if you know what veggies to feed and have some good hay.

Toys are always appreciated
Room for floortime and maybe a playpen but you can make one out of grids
 

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LuvMyPiggers said:
Probably Medical info, Diet, Daily Care, Monthly care, grooming, bedding. So basically, you should know ALOT. Never trust what breeders and pet stores say.

Ok Ummm what do u mean "by what breeders and pet stors say." What do they say.
 

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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

Most breeders and petstores will tell you alot of false info such as guinea pigs only need 2sq ft of cage space each or to feed them pellets with colored bits mixed in. That males can't be housed together... It's endless the amount of bad advice I've heard.
 

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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

Is anyone still Here?
 

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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

O, ok thanks!
 

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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

If you want to purchase guinea pigs, please look in shelters and rescues first. This site is a big advocate on shelters/rescues. A lot of pet stores and breeders don't take accurate care of their guinea pigs and have minimal knowledge about them. Read www.cavyspirit.com, it'll give you great advice on a lot of issues you may not even think mattered. It sure did for me.
 

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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

ok, will do.
 

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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

Okay, I am sorry.
 

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You need food, health history of the pig, a spacious cage, bedding, a treat (hehe, if you spoil your cavy,) a carrier, a vet, a water bottle, a brush, and a person who can give you tips !

Oh yeah you also need a Cavy!! Haha! Did you adopt it?

[Edited by Ly-we don't give that link here. Much of the information is incorrect and the information that is correct has been ripped off of other sites.]
 
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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

Muddy where do you live?
 

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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

Don't forget to have a vet emergency fund saved up, in case of medical emergencies. I would have at least $200 to start with. I know it seems like a lot, but believe me, when these critters need vet care it isn't cheap.
 

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Re: What is the very minimum about of things you need to get started with Guinea Pigs?

Guinea pig secrets isn't that good. I signed up for it just to see and got a few laughs from it. They make alot of the same mistakes as petstores. Plus none of that is a secret it all can be found here or on guinealynx.
 
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