Your Guinea Pig Selection Tips

Picking a guinea pig out of a litter or inside a big pet store is an exciting time. If you read my poem, then you know how┬áI got my first guinea pig, Sparky. We lived in a big house, however, the backyard was very small and had a cinder block wall. Well, of course, this was great for privacy, but for a dog to find his home there, he couldn’t see out of the yard all day. Probably all he could see would be the possums on the top of the wall and cats as they roamed by looking for prey.

Finally the day came when dad said okay, and we headed out to the pet store to see who we could find. Wow, I was so surprised when each store we went to had empty cages where there would normally be a guinea pig to look at.

Eventually my dad asked, “how come you don’t have any guinea pigs”, and they said a movie had come out recently about guinea pigs and suddenly they could not keep any in their stores.

I had done some research online and looking through library books by the time we found Sparky, a perky but small little male guinea pig. As you can tell by his pictures, he has a long brown furry coat with a very noticeable yellowish streak running across his back and down his side.

The store where we bought him told us that a vet had checked him out before he was placed in a cage and that he was considered very healthy. I had already learned that if a guinea pig has a cold, or is sneezing, or losing hair, these are signs that he is not healthy.

If you buy one or get a free one from a friend you will not always know how healthy that one is, but do look for these signs that I mention above. Hopefully the one you find will be ready for your care.

If you are getting two guinea pigs at the same time, it is important to know several things. One is that two males that have grown up together from birth will get along very well, but if the two males are from different families and especially if there is an age difference, then you really have to be careful because they may not get along because of territorial behavior.

Some males have bitten the lips of other males when they are angry. If you are getting two females, they tend to get along much better even if they are from a different family.

If you are getting one female and one male, you will probably see immediately how aggressive the male is when it comes to courting. A female can procreate as early as her fifth week, so don’t think otherwise, but beware. If she does have babies, you have to separate the male pappa. They are extremely jealous about babies and might do bad things to them.

Hope these tips on selecting a guinea pig helps you in your search,


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So many thoughts went through my mind as I thought about what to say here. And you know what? I finally thought, "why not just write a poem about my guinea pig" and that will also tell you a little something about me, just a kid who loves my guinea pig.

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