Need Advice before raising a Guinea Pig

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  1. #1

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    Need Advice before raising a Guinea Pig

    I have an idea to raise a Guinea Pig.But I do not have prior experience. Do Guinea Pigs behave as rats? If we raise without cage, are they bothersome?


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    raised a guinea pig years ago back in my high school days, bought a full cage with hay and all;
    gave it away for adoption 2 weeks later..simply did not have time and its definitely not a low maintenance pet
    things to note:
    you have to clean the cage pretty much every day/every 2 days - or the guinea pigs will absolutely cover the shelter they have in the cage with poop (you should get a small shelter to let them hide and feel safe). The smell gets quite bad especially when all the poop gets solidified and you try to wash it off.
    ALSO do NOT get just ONE guinea pig - they're social creatures and need a partner (i think going for two females at first is better as they dont tend to get aggressive towards each other as much as males do)
    they tend to live on average for 5-8 years so if you get one do be prepared for a semi-long term commitment.
    They are adorable (my guinea pig used to squeak every time I opened the fridge, knowing that it was about to get some tasty treats) and if you let them roam around initially they do get tricky to deal with since they're afraid and all so they try to hide in corners etc. Wouldnt recommend raising one without a cage.


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    I honestly thing guinea pigs are more work than cats since cats don't need a cage and can easily be litter trained (I think I have heard of it being possible with guinea pigs but no experience).

    Why not rats or a hamster/gerbil? Easier in the smaller space of HK...


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    I'm sure you can adopt one. Actually no guinea pig, but there's a dwarf hamster available at SCPA.
    https://www.spca.org.hk/en/services/...s-for-adoption


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    Quote Originally Posted by VeraP
    I have an idea to raise a Guinea Pig.But I do not have prior experience. Do Guinea Pigs behave as rats? If we raise without cage, are they bothersome?
    Your use of the word 'bothersome' means you should be nowhere near any pet. Please do not buy one. I had two in New Zealand. My daughter and I built a large enclosure for them and tended to them well, every day. Their lives were not wonderful, they don't really socialise with humans and they live a long time. A cat or dog might be a better choice. Please consider the animal before making your decision.
    Last edited by juanalias; 27-02-2020 at 06:36 PM. Reason: Impolite.

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    I had a pair about 10 years ago, definitely needs daily cleaning. When one passed away, the other passed away as well within a few days.


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    Quote Originally Posted by juanalias
    Your use of the word 'bothersome' means you should be nowhere near any pet. Please do not buy one. I had two in New Zealand. My daughter and I built a large enclosure for them and tended to them well, every day. Their lives were not wonderful, they don't really socialise with humans and they live a long time. A cat or dog might be a better choice. Please consider the animal before making your decision.
    I used the word "bothersome" to reflect destructive behaviors of regular rats..you know eating clothes,cushions, etc..However, it seems that Guniea pigs are not suitable though they are pretty and adorable..thanks for helping