rabbits v guineas which do you like best ??

(41 Posts)
andrea315 Sun 17-Feb-13 23:08:39

Just that really who has rabbits and who has guineas ??

Guineas grin
My DD has 2 boars.
I had GPs at her age. By the time I was 22 I'd had twelve over the years.

Rabbits don't wheek or squeak or popcorn. Or rumblestrutt or 'shark' as my DD calls it.

And you can't put a rabbit inside your cardigan and say "Let's go and look what's in the fridge" (unless it's a small rabbit) grin

Essexgirlupnorth Sun 17-Feb-13 23:25:27

Rabbits have two does. Always had rabbits as a child and my sister had guinea pigs. Having GP would be admitting defeat.

Jayne266 Sun 17-Feb-13 23:35:19

Guinea pigs

andrea315 Sun 17-Feb-13 23:55:28

I have a garden bunny she just goes in and out of her shed as she pleases and a house bunny who is boss and sleeps on the sofa ! My daughter wants guineas next month but I have never had them always had bunnys smile

SucksToBeMe Mon 18-Feb-13 00:07:31

Guinea pigs!! They are so full of character, I love the sounds they make. Rabbits always seem to want to get away from me, using any means necessary.

123rd Mon 18-Feb-13 00:40:52

Dc have two male Gp very tame and affectionate. Sometimes look after my friends rabbit. Horrible thing bites and scratches. She won't even pick it up without gloves

sausagesandwich34 Mon 18-Feb-13 00:48:10

Pigs make much better pets

Rabbits are really hard to handle and pretty much just sit there

You can talk to guinea pigs!

Never had a bun, so cann't compare. Have had piggies for over 6 years now, boars and sows. Guinea pigs are lovely.

Next door had rabbits first. |they zoom around the garden and kick their fence. Gives us quite a jump. Then they took on a 2 very long haired guinea pigs dumped at the vets. My neighbour works at the vets, she is a lovely person smile.

fridayfreedom Mon 18-Feb-13 11:39:26

Rabbits are cute to look at but in my experience a bit psycho!!
Now have two gorgeous but nutty guinea pigs, they have more character , speak to you and have a range of expressions when they look at you! Love them to pieces!

FernieB Mon 18-Feb-13 13:37:40

Both! Have a house bun who I could not be without. He's our second house bun - he's wonderful and is starting to understand/obey some commands. He loves going to bed with my DD's and has a weird sock obsession (steals any that are left lying around). He does spend a lot of time relaxing, but then so do our pigs. I wouldn't be without them either, even though they are a lot messier than current bun, very noisy and bicker constantly. They are very useful lawnmowers and composters and exceedingly funny to watch.

After our previous rabbit died, we weren't going to get another. We'd promised our DD's they could have pigs when we moved house and initially we did just get the pigs. A month later everyone else came home from school/work to find current bun installed in the kitchen - turns out I couldn't live without a rabbit - none of the family were surprised.

Guineas!

I don't like rabbits (yes I have had a few and all were little shites)- simples. grin

andrea315 Mon 18-Feb-13 14:43:31

Fernie b Love it we had one bunny were not getting another untill she picked me in an adoption center when we went to look at pigs she is now my house bunny and lovely even though I was told she was to nasty to re home sad she isn't just needed some love smile

Bonkey shock !!!

Lol. Tell it like it is, why don't you. grin

grin

Sometimes its the only way!

My DD helped with the school bunnies but said they weren't as nice as the guineas.
Only two were suitable for handling by children (they always had an adult to supervise) .They had to 'corall' the rabbits into the run while they cleaned the cage out then coax them back.
My DD didn't call them bitey little feckers but I'm sure that's what she meant grin

Never again will I fall for the cuteness of a bun hmm

I should have learnt from my first two but nooooooo....I thought that the escaping, causing the neighbor to shout at my mum and me because they had eaten his veg garden, the hating being help, refusing to do anything they were asked, and digging out of their run was just them hmm

The next two were worse sad

I actually very very nearly went for a netherland dwarf before the pigs - thank the lord I didn't fall for the ears! wink

Adorable. I can not believe any thing so cute could be alittle shite any trouble. wink

fortified have you seen "Watership Down"?
General Woundwort scared the dickens out of me (I think I was 10/11 yo when I saw the film)
Poor Hazel. Poor Fiver sad

loler Mon 18-Feb-13 22:38:52

Guineas! Can always tell when they are happy, hungry or excited. They are really clever and answer when you talk to them. Am thinking about replace DH with another pig!

Even Hazel and fiver would scratch and bite to get down - never fall for the ears!

70 DD1 went through a Watership Down phase. She read the book. We're got the original film on video. The box set series on 14 DVDs!! Slighty different ending. And the ornaments spin off from the tv shoe.shock

I've been rather out spoken on another thread about designer wallpaper for a 2yo. It reminds DD1 a rabbits spirit cann't remember which one she said following the Black Rabbit of Inrha (sp?). DD2 just doesn't like the colour choices she's not that deep thinking. IME children have nightmares over the strangest things. <gets off soap box>.

Actually really fancy a Watership Down now. We have a free day on friday hmm.

tv shoe? TV show. It was a late night ok smile.

I have never seen Watership down hmm .

I was never allowed to watch it as a child because its too sad ???

youfhearted Tue 19-Feb-13 11:20:28

i would have said guineapigs but i have grown fond of my bunny, now she lets me stroke her, it took 2 years shock
so,
couldnt decide on that basis.

Bonkey I was never allowed to see and still haven't seen Bambi. So my kids haven't seen it either.

I think my Mum was about 4 when she saw it at the cinema. She cried all though Christmas and that's the reason I was banned.

I have seen Bambi - yes I cried .... , I actually think Finding Nemo is one of the worst out there though! sad

<stops derailing thread>

Guinea pigs.

I had a rabbit and it was pure evil. My pigs were always lovely.

guineapiglet Tue 19-Feb-13 13:04:17

When I was little it was Tales of the Riverbank which did it for me <realise I am now vair old>, I loved the guinea on there and really believed that they all lived in harmony and really talked to each other. Yeah, right, a guinea, a hammy and a rat........ I got my first guinea when I was 6 and adored him right from the word go, I was an absolute slave to him! My sis loved rabbits tho' and had a few house rabbits who were largely ignored, and altho' I rabbit sat them ona number of occasions, they weren't cuddly or chatty like my guinea was. When my daughter turned 8 I surprised her with two rescue girl guineas and it was love at first sight. 8 years on and 9 guineas later, we have never looked back.

< five weeks to go until we move, then I shall be going to get some more!>

had rabbits, they were evil and escape experts, we have had 2 guineas for 6 years now, they free range and roam in and out of the shed at will - i love them they are gorgeous and come up to us for cuddles and anything we may offer because ultimately they are greedy little blighters!

FernieB Tue 19-Feb-13 16:04:08

My pigs would say rabbits, just cos they love following current bun everywhere!

FernieB Tue 19-Feb-13 16:06:44

I first saw Bambi when I was four and I didn't cry but my six year old brother did. If you think Watership Down is a very sad/scary film, you should try reading the book, that is brutal (love it though).

CheerfulYank Tue 19-Feb-13 16:13:39

I love, love, LOVE piggies. Haven't had any for years but would like some soon.

Arcticwaffle Tue 19-Feb-13 16:18:27

Our rabbit was a very exciting pet, but just too much. He was a total drama queen, had to be the centre of attention, preferred to live free in our living room, uncaged (not feasible at night), or outside he kept escaping and the neighbours kept having to chase him around the garden at 7am before they went to work. Which was a bit embarrassing. So we rehomed him with friends with a more contained garden, but he kept escaping from that. Now he lives as a Free Rabbit, occasionally sighted. He just didn't want to be contained.

Guinea pigs are a whole lot easier. If they get out of the hutch in the garden, they try to get back in again.

My 8yo was terrified lately after watching Watership Down. The Evil Rabbit might come and get her in her sleep.

andrea315 Tue 19-Feb-13 18:10:40

Watership down sad couldn't watch again.well I have two bunnys and love them so will let you know what I think of the guineas when we get them next month smile

Rabbits aren't coming out very well of this survey hmm.

FernieB I love hearing about Current Bun smile.

Arcticwaffle Wed 20-Feb-13 18:30:05

I think I heard that rabbits are the pet most frequently rehomed or sent to rescue centres. I can see why. As someone who spent too many late evenings chasing the rabbit round the living room cos he really didn't want to to into his cage for the night.

And sad IIRC they are the most frequently neglected small animal pet.






I'm still a guinea mummy though.

The reason for ^ is because they are marketed as a 'ideal childs pet' - if people were informed properly when buying one then numbers of rabbits being neglected would fall! Its down to owners, pet shops, etc to inform/research!

Of course there are always the idiots who won't listen and buy because 'they are cute' angry - but then that goes for all pets not just rabbits!

andrea315 Wed 20-Feb-13 22:37:00

Just spent half hour trying to get my bunny in think she loves the chase ! Cute but they do have a very strong nature for knowing what they do and don't want do love them for that though smile

FernieB Thu 21-Feb-13 10:10:59

Arctic - used to spend hours myself chasing previous bun around at night to get her to go bed. Eventually I realised she enjoyed it and if I ignored her and put her supper (carrot leaves) in her cage she'd make her own way there. After the age of 2 rabbits do become more biddable and sensible in general. They're the opposite of dogs in that it's best to train them when they're older - they are far too silly when they are young.

fortified - thank you. I think Current Bun likes doing mad things so he can be talked about.

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