My DS almost 8 has been pleading for Guinea Pigs for more than a year, and I feel I am about to give in, so what do I really need to know and where should I get them from. So far I gather I should get two but males or females? They need a large cage, do they also need an outside enclosure we have a big sunny garden. Where to get them from? Any other tips?
Guineapigs are great. For an indoor cage I really recommend flece cage liners. Much cleaner, cheaper and kinder than endless supplys of sawdust.
they eat and poo A LOT!.
They will love being on a lawn where they can munch away till their heart is content so an outdoor run is very welcomed. But make sure they have some shade too.
rescues are a good idea as you kniw a bit more about them etc and it is always a good thing to rescue. However I have to say I found our local rescue to be less than helpful. I hope yours is much better.
Guinea-Pigs ARE great and shiny I suggest you sit yourself down with a large drink and read some of the back threads on Super Furry Animals.
Some things I'll pass on to you though.
I got my first guinea in 1974 -sow. My brother got one 3 months later -sow. Mine wasn't a sow . We had piglets.
So, first, make sure that they are checked.
We have two boars at the moment. (An adult, the survivor of two brothers, and a 9 month old ) We got the brothers from a Rescue, my daughter wanted boars.We got the piglet from a Rescue (I needed a baby boar to match with my lone adult) Sows are easier though.
They need much more space than you'd imagine. Lack of space and boredom makes them narky (especially boars)
I use hay and newspaper as bedding. Indoors they might have cotton bathmats or towels but they're a pain to wash (hay in your washing machine) unless you put them in a pillowcase.
You need to protect them. Damp, cold, extreme heat, draughts, foxes, cats.- all dangerous to guinea-pigs.
Make sure your DS isn't allergic to piggies or hay.
Read up on the things they should or shouldn't eat,
Have a look at the "Show your Furries" thread, my handome beasts are the ones in Santa Hats . They are only forced to do this once a year. Though DD put her GP1 in a Build-a-Bear Skater dress and he has never stopped sniping.
I got my boys from a Rabbit Rescue - I wasn't looking for rabbits but there were no rehoming places within 20 miles. So I phoned and asked "I know you are a rabbit rescue but do you ever get guinea-pigs handed in?"
They had two bonded boars (brothers) The rest, as they say, is history.
(My brother boys are on my profile, black and agouti. The two I have now are unrelated but look like brothers )