A Topic Inspired by Wishes
- Guinea pigs are not good "starter pets."
- They do not make good pets for small children.
- Guinea pigs require a clean cage, appropriate guinea pig food, and clean water, daily.
- It is unfair to both the animal and the child(ren) to expect any child to take full responsibility for the animals' care.
- A responsible adult needs to look in on the animal daily and be ready to take the pet to a vet if necessary.
- Exotics veterinarians can sometimes be more expensive than regular dog/cat vets. Be ready for this.
- Have a vet fund set aside for their care.
- Most illnesses are often treated with simple medications, but you need to be ready if it's more than that.
- An adult needs to be responsible for the guinea pig.
The following threads are just a few examples of situations that happen daily. Some stories have happy endings; others do not. Please be prepared to take responsibility for your pets, and make a lifetime commitment to their care and happiness.
- Pixie and Dixie (Foster/Forever Home Needed)
A thoughtful Guinea Lynx member opens her home to foster two girls in need of a new place to live. Pixie and Dixie become a part of the family.
- Mocha Joe (needs medical attention and is looking for his third home)
- C & C cage: To cover or not?
An owner of both guinea pigs and a terrier dog responsibly investigates putting a lid on the C & C cage.
- In case anybody still thinks these are cheap and easy pets!
How much does it cost to own a guinea pig? A discussion thread about the price tag of responsible pet ownership.
- Children - Appropriate Age for a Guinea Pig?
Does caring for pets teach children responsibility? Discussion thread about children caring for guinea pigs.
- Cost difference between having multiple pigs?
Questions for those that have many guinea pigs in their household.