Sunday, April 27, 2008

PA-CompAnimals-Four babies, Three Adults, one female two males

CompAnimals, Landenberg, PA: ADOPTED! Four babies, ADOPTED! Sweetie, & ADOPTED! Martin, and & ADOPTED! Whiskers!

Two females and two males, seven weeks old as of today (note, male guinea pigs are sexually fertile as of three weeks old). They are pretty friendly once being held, though they can be shy at first. They were rescued from a hoarding situation in NJ.

"Sweetie definitely lives up to her name!" This cutie girl was turned in when her family underwent a move. She is a gentle pig who enjoys being held and pet. She could do well as a first guinea pig for Gentle children (don't forget, parents as primary caretakers at all times).

Martin! Poor guy was surrendered to the shelter when the family dog attempted to break into his cage. Try this link: ( Cheaper, Larger Cages ) for dog proofing suggestions. Martin is a large pig who does not get along with other male pigs, so the rescue suggests getting him a bunny as a friend. The idea that bunnies and guinea pigs can be housed together is a GUINEA PIG MYTH. Guinea pigs can contract bordatella from bunnies, as well as other diseases they aren't traditionally exposed to, they can have a difficult time competing for food, and the stronger leg muscles of the rabbit can put the guinea pig at risk for injuries (they might be unexplained if they don't happen in front of you). Why not neuter him and pair him with your female? Or if you are able to offer him a lot of attention, maybe he is a good pig to be a single.

Whiskers is a guy who comes from the same situation as the above. I'm going to offer the same bio as above, and disclaimer about the bunny. This is a common misconception that bunnies and guinea pigs make good friends. I presently have a foster who came from sharing a cage with a bunny, and she had scabs on her skin, hidden from by her fur, from where the bunny had been biting her! She was also vastly malnourished because of competing with the guinea pig for food. Do Whiskers a favor, and give him another shot at companionship with a guinea friend. This page will help: Social Life

helpful links: Quality Hay and Pellets in bulk & Pampering your Pig & Cheaper, Larger Cages & Bedding & Essential Guinea Supplies & Proper Diet & Cavy Savvy Vets & "What's Normal? What's Not?" & Social Life & Boy or Girl? & "What is Rescuing and Adopting?" & Social Cause Marketing & Guinea Pigs in MD/VA/DC .

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