Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Should I get two guinea pigs in Austin, Tx? And if yes, where is the best place to get them?

I have to move to Austin for high school. I'm entering 9th grade, and mom said I could get two guinea pigs. (Now I don't know if she's going to keep that promise. You never know with moms.) Since I'll be in high school, I don't know if I should get them. For credit, I'm thinking of volunteering at an animal shelter...So I might have enough time for the animals, with all the homework and working.
But I soooo want them. *sob*
Should I get them? If so, where is the best place? I heard that Petco or whatever doesn't take care of their animals well.
Well, they actually require a lot of time.
They need a specialized diet, specific sized cage, daily cleanup, and handling [though that needs to be kept gentle, they are easy to harm]
For their cages you need to place a gnawing log, tunnels, play things, tip-resistant food bowl, water tube. Also, make sure you use only HIGH QUALITY high for the bottom of the cage. Guinea pigs will eat anything and saw dust/cedar chips cause upper respitory issues. Remember no mesh or wire cages - it tears up their feet. Choose guinea pigs of the same sex, they are less likely to fight.

Places to get them are: a breeder, from a pet store, or from an animal shelter. has some up.
They like to squeal, so have fun with that.

It's really up to you whether you get them - if you think you have enough time to spend with them go for it. If not... maybe goldfish are better for you.
In my opinion, no matter what pet store you look at, they aren't treated well.

I would do all the research first (even though they're little, they can be a lot of work). is a good site to check out for local animal shelters where you can find guinea pigs that need homes.

My favorite guinea pig site to check out is:

It has TONS of info on health, dietary needs, etc.

If you need more info feel free to leave me a message.

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