Animal Stories - American Guinea Pig

Animal-World Information about: American Guinea Pig

   The fabulous docile "Guinea Pig" is neither a pig nor is it from Guinea!
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alicia - 2007-05-08
Almost 2 years ago i got a guinea pig. She was the cutest thing ever...she always talked and she loved to eat. But after i had had her for about half a year she became very sick. She lost alot of weight and she wasnt a healthy eatter like she had been. So i took her to the vet and he told me that she had ovarian cancer and that it was not an uncommon thing among female guinea pigs. so the vet was running some tests to see if there was any treatment that would help her... but the day the labs came back she had died during the night in her cage. I was so upset that ever since then i havent gotten another guinea pig.... but maybe i will this summer.

Bumble Head - 2007-05-06
Careful in getting these great lil pets as some family members have allergies from them and then you have to get rid of your lil pigger friends. I know as i adoped 2 and my wife of 25 years had allergies and they had to go as I could not put my wife thru such misery.
If you know some one who has a pigger borrow it for a few weeks, if all in the house can live with it, if all are ok, get PIGS!

alison - 2007-04-24
I have had 5 guinea piggies and they are wonderful. First i was given 3 guinea pigs for christmas about 6 years ago. We named them Buttercup, Gloria and Rosie. Gloria was my favourite, she had a great character she talked all the time. She was very athletic always running around her cage. But then she got ill and i mean really ill. She lost loads of weight and always had mucuse coming out of her nose. We took her to the vets they said she had a throat tumor, the lump in her throat was so big that food couldnt pass through. We had to have her put down, she was 4 years old. Buttercup then ran away about half a year later whilst we were on holiday. The run wasnt properly fastened and she made a dash for it. Butty was a quiet guinea pig. She was quite nervous of her sisters who always bossed her around. We made a desperate attempt to find her. we put notices up everywhere but wwe got no answers. The when Rosie was 5 she died of a head tumor. She lived to a good age and was a beautiful guinea pig. She was quite bossy but absolutely adorable.
A year later a friend of ours didnt want their 2 guinea pigs anymore. At the time they were 3 years old. They didnt want them anymore because they wanted a dog. I think that is horrible if you want a guinea pig you should look after them till they die. Anyway the guinea pigs are called Brenda and Missy they are gorgeous. But because we havent had them since babies they arent very tame. Anyway my best advice is give your guinea pigs the love they deserve right until they sadly pass away!

alison - 2007-04-24
I have had 5 guinea pigs now and i love them to bits. They are so sweet and just love to sit on your lap for hours.
I dont agree with them being nocturnal. Of course my guinea pigs live outside in their hutch but they are always up in the day and never in the night. They wake up about 7 or if their feeling paticularly lazy 8. i notice they go to bed about 9. My guinea pigs go out in the run all day and we try to play with them for an hour each day. We only have 2 at the moment, but we might be getting 2 more girls.
The girls are definitely my favourite because they never fight! i am no way saying that you shouldnt have boys because lots dont fight. I just prefer girls!
My guinea pigs are called Missy and Brenda. Missy is an abysinian tortieshell but Brenda doesnt have a breed. We have had 2 long haired guinea pigs (buttercup from our last set of guinea pigs had long hair) I dont paticularly like them having long hair. i find they smell more and need more grooming but each to their own taste!
I love guinea pigs and if some one is thinking about one they definitely should. If you can, get one from a rescue center. Most pet shops are fabulous but some poor guinea pig might need a home and love that you could give them....Luv yhoo x

Eleanor - 2007-04-05
I love guinea pigs so much, even though I have bad allergies to them. We've had eight, and at present have four, so that's twelve altogether. If you realise that your eyes are getting dry ad itchy, you get rashes all over your face, and you feel that something's biting you all the time, and you have a guinea pig, it's allergies. But they're not so severe you can't have them. I wouldn't stop having guinea pigs for all the money in the world!

Eleanor - 2007-04-02
I love guinea pigs; they are absolutely my favourite animals! I've had these guinea pigs-
Sunny, my first. He was wonderful- handsome, clever and affectionate. If he hadn't been like that, I don't think we would have had another guinea pig. Sadly, he died of cancer within two years.
Bluebell was bought as a companion for Sunny. He ran away and died, but he was about three years old then.
Corry- the first female guinea pig! Mated with Bluebell, and had four gorgeous guinea pigs! She was so, so beautiful, but was also extremely aggresive to anyone except for her owners. Two of them we gave away to friends.
Apple- one of the babies. Very, very nervy. Ran away, and then came back, with terrible injuries. He died the next morning, at about one year.
Berry was the other of the babies that we kept. Very sturdy, very quiet and boring. She disappeared a few weeks after her mother was taken off by a scavenging bird.
Goldie- orginally bought as a companion for another guinea pig, Callie. She disappeared in just a few months, slipping under her run's closure.
Present pigs-
Callie- very, very beautiful and very affectionate. He's about two years old. Likes to go to sleep on your lap, but is also very active.
Hollie, also known as the French 'Bebe'- very nervous, can be affectionate or viscious with other guinea pigs. However, mostly mild.
Coco, initially named Gin- We were given Coco for for free, by a person that couldn't look after him, and his brother Nutmeg. This guinea pig is very jumpy, extremely sweet and affectionate, will jump into your hands with no fear.
Nutmeg, initially named Tonic- Coco's brother, and much the opposite. Very snappy, rarely relaxes, often kicks and bites if annoyed. (Guinea pigs don't usually kick at all- but this one does. If one strokes within two inches of his back legs, he'll kick.)

Well, that's it! Hope to have many, many more, as well!

Eleanor - 2007-04-02
The first thing you should know about taking guinea pigs is responsibility. They respond to everything, and you have to protect them from the bad things. If you aren't entirely sure that you can take fantastic care of them, don't get any. Really, They aren't just small animals. In that rescpect, they are maybe even harder to take care of then one of the most popular animals, like a cat or dog.

Jessica Bortle - 2007-03-19
I had to figure out some facts about guinea pigs for homework and this website is a great place to research all animals!

Sophie - 2007-03-09
I looked after a beautiful Guinea pig called Elmo for a week, whilst her owner was on holiday. I loved Elmo and she got on very well with one of my rabbits gizmo. I also have friends who have a number of guinea pigs. I get on with them really well and they are the perfect pet, because they dont bite or scratch and seem to purr when you stroke them. They are absolutely adorable and I would love to have two of my own, I just need to beg my dad to let me get them :D XxXxX-- to all Cavy lovers out there

Sammy - 2007-03-07
when ever i sweep my room Shadow plays tag, chases it around the room playing "tag"!. Shadow is all brown and very friendly. My other guinea pig, Cookie, is white with a brown ring around its belly, but she is so shy. I love my guinea pigs