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How can I train my guinea pigs to not attack one another?

I own 2 female guinea pigs. I came home one day to find that one of them had a large amount of blood coming out of its ear. There is nothing in the cage that would produce that amount of blood besides ...
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Is there anything safe to put on a Naked or Skinny guinea pigs skin

I recently picked up a Skinny cavy boar. The person that originally rescued the guinea pig did not know anything about them or how to care for them and turned to me since I raise guinea pigs. He ...
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How can I keep a guinea pig clean?

We recently adopted a guinea pig and in contrast to our rabbits, he's a smelly slob. We clean his cage every other day, yet he's still musty. He has a litter pan which he uses, but still ...
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How long should I leave a Guinea Pig before introducing a new partner?

One of my two Guinea Pigs died a couple of days ago. I have heard from several sources that one pig on its own will suffer so I will get another. Should I do so immediately or wait a couple of ...
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Do I have to trim my guinea pigs' claws?

I have posted this question as advice for others. I used to have my guinea pigs' claws trimmed at the vets some years ago, but I have since found an easier way, and my youngest 'pig who is at least ...
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What are the arguments against neutering a guinea pig?

My cavy is interacting poorly with my rabbits and it seems to primarily be based around hormones. The shelter that I rescued my guinea pig doesn't fix their guinea pigs because they claim they are "...
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Is there a reason guinea pigs need a cage without a wire bottom?

I picked up a pair of guinea pigs this weekend and I noticed that all of the guinea pig cages I find for sale in the stores and online have solid bottoms, as opposed to a wire mesh bottom many rabbit ...
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Is my cat afraid of guinea pigs?

About 8 months ago we got a cat from the shelter. About two months after that we bought two guinea pigs. The cat seems to be both interested and afraid of the guinea pigs. When the guinea pigs are ...
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How can I un-train a guinea pig so it won't 'wheet' when it hears plastic or the refrigerator door?

I recently rescued a guinea pig, and it has clearly been trained to understand what the refrigerator door is and that treats usually come inside plastic crinkly things. The problem is, anytime he's ...
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Is plywood bad for any small caged pets?

I'm going to be building some wooden toys/houses/things for Degus, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, who will inevitably chew on them. (Not in the same cage.) Are there any kinds of plywood types or brands ...
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Can roadside plants absorb pollution that makes them unsafe for small animals?

Since I can't grow dandelions for my guinea pigs, I will pick them from where ever they are growing, making sure that the areas I pick them from are isolated and not close to any obvious pollution ...
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Best pet for a blind person

I'd like to know what would be the best pet for me as a blind person. I don't like dogs at all due to something bad that happened to me and my annoyance with puppies. However, I'm considering either ...
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What distinct sounds do guinea pigs make? and what onomatopoeias are commonly used to describe them?

I've been reluctant to ask this question as there many lists like this all over the net. However, another question I had about cavies made that there isn't a good list of all synonyms and what ...
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Can guinea pig fur mites infect rabbits?

I recently rescued a guinea pig, but now that he's settled in for a few days I began to handle and pet him. Doing so revelled some scabbing underneath his fur. Most sources on the internet seem to ...
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Should I get a wire cage with a pullout bottom for my guinea pig or a solid bottom?

My mom and I are arguing about a cage for a Guinea Pig. She wants to get a wire cage with a slide out tray because she said it would be less expensive and less stinky. I didn't want to do that because ...
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Is there anything special I have to do for a skinny pig?

As a kid, I had many many guinea pigs. I loved them, they were cute, and fun, and relatively easy for me to take care of. I was considering getting another one now that I am an adult, and then I saw ...
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Do male guinea pigs do their mating dance before mounting other male guinea pigs?

Do male guinea pigs perform their mating dance before attempting to mounting other male guinea pigs? I recently adopted a guinea pig and find it strange that he's dancing for both my female rabbit as ...
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Can guinea pigs live separately but see each other often and still be happy?

My girlfriend and I currently do not live together, but we will in the near future, and we are considering getting guinea pigs. Seeing as guinea pigs are social creatures we decided we would want to ...
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My Guinea Pigs are eating themselves out of house and home

I have two female guinea-pigs. They are just over a year old and aren't de-sexed. I have two cages for them. One is an outside hutch and the other (the one where they have the issue) is an inside ...
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Why do you need to clean a boar guinea pig's genitals?

Apparently, boar pigs need their bits maintained every three weeks. Why? What do they do in the wild? http://www.guinealynx.info/impaction.html https://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/threads/boar-...
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I really want a guinea pig, but I think I am allergic to rabbits

I always wanted a Guinea Pig as a pet. One time I cared for a friend's rabbit while she was vacationing. I had a mild allergic reaction to it. So would I be allergic to Guinea Pig? From what I found ...
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Would my dog want to harm my guinea pig?

I let my guinea pigs run around my room a little bit, and normally my dog will walk in the midst of them playing. I would expect it to be a cute little duo, but I am afraid that my dog may be a ...
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What do I do if my guinea pig has a swelled toenail? Is this rare?

Heidi's toenail (Zoom in if you need to)I woke up to trim my guinea pigs', Heidi(female), toenails, and noticed that her skin was getting really big and swelled up around it. I tried trimming it, and ...
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Timothy hay - what's the right amount and frequency for guinea pigs?

I would love to know a few examples of (1) approximately how much hay you give your pigs and (2) how frequently you refresh it (e.g., small amounts 3x per day, one big pile daily, etc). I have read ...
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Can rabbits and guinea pigs eat sparrow grass?

I have a rabbit and a guinea pig kept together in my room. (They come along very well.) I also happen to have a bunch of sparrow grass in front of me that I don't have any plans to do with. Could ...
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How to clean water bottles and nipples?

Many small animals can drink from a bowl but their people provide them with bottles that have nipples to drink out of. Like any container that has water sitting in it for a long time, stuff can grow ...
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Are these ivy berries poisonous to my guinea pig?

The ivy(?) bush in the garden has some black berries on it, are they safe for Guinea Pigs?
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Cavy home question

Hi I've a 16 sq ft cage for my 2 cavies and I've an old tin dollhouse (22 inches wide x 11 inches deep) that I'd like to sit inside the cage, along with other toys and chews, as a hidey hut. I'm ...
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Will I need to separate my guinea pigs?

Background: I have two guinea pigs, Penny and Rosie (both female, both around 3 years old, neither spayed). I got Penny in May of 2017, and she was a single until January 2018 when I got Rosie. (My ...
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Infared light effect on animals [duplicate]

I have built a Webcam with a raspberry pi. It is supposed to go in the house of our guineapigs to watch what their doing. The camera has no IR filter so I want to get some IR lights to give the camera ...
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Does a change in pecking order imply illness?

I have had four guinea pigs for a little over a year now. When I got them, they soon established a clear order amongst themselves. When I feed them they have always gone to the food and/or my hand ...
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What is this funny/strange black thing on the nail of my guinea pig?

This morning, I was cutting my guinea pigs nails and I discovered that the bit of nail on the back foot has gone black and strange and I never saw this before. Needless to say, I am quite worried ...
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What exactly are Timothy Hay pellets?

I read a lot about hay pellets and Timothy Hay and Timothy Hay pellets here, when it comes to questions about rabbit's (and sometimes guinea pig's) diets. Here in Germany I did not use nor even ...
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Help guinea pig recover from bad impaction

So, my guinea pig has been acting very sick for 2 or 3 days, and today we noticed he had a huge impaction. We think he may have had it for a few weeks, but just noticed when he started acting very ...
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Female guinea pig uterus infection, please help

My female guinea pig Coco, 2 years old, recently had her sonography done and she was found to have uterus infection. We have two other female guinea pigs, and one of them previously too had a uterus ...
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What's the best companion for a unneutered male guinea pig?

I have a five-year-old unneutered male guinea pig. He recently lost his companion. He was very healthy, but probably too old to be neutered. What's the best companion for him? I'm thinking about ...
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