How to Pick the Best Guinea Pigs!





Introduction: How to Pick the Best Guinea Pigs!

In this Instructable I want to tell you how you can pick an awesome guinea pig from any pet store and what they might like with some helpful hints on how to take care of them.

Step 1: Where to Go

Petsmart is a great place to get your small furry friends but any pet store that sells hamsters or mice will probably carry guinea pigs too. I know there has been some accusations about large pet stores like petsmart and petco treat there small animals poorly and abusing them (YES I KNOW YOU HAVE NO NEED TO COMMENT). I think this is untrue seeing as my piggy (from petsmart) loves people, was in perfect condition, and was nice and plump. But as great as Spunky (my pig) turned out I still support small stores to get your piggy because most people there are very passionate about their animals.

Step 2:

Once you find the right place you want to get your sweet piggy of joy from you should learn which ones will be most human friendly and will want to play.

Most pet stores may have a house or hut that the pigs like to stay in. Once you decide which one you like the best lift up the house if they stay still rather then scatter and you can pick them up they may be the right one for you.

*Pick one thats young so they grow up living with you and love humans*

Step 3: Items...

your new piggy will need the obvious cage, food bowl, food, bedding,water bottle, Igloo (optional but they will be happier) and my piggy's favorite, timothy hay. Along with these essentials you might also want to get fruit and veggies for your pig such as lettuce, carrots, apples, raw corn, watermelon, banana, and pineapple. But people be smart if you think it might not be good for a pig, or any animal DON'T GIVE IT TO YOUR PIG!!!


You and your pig should be happy now and please keep your piggy safe, don't lose it and don't let little children pull it's hair off.

P.S. Pur means they love whats happening, High piched squeel means they hate whats happening. If random squeaking occures and will not stop put pig in cage and add lots of food to food bowl teeth chattering means that they feel threatened and random chewing means nothing in particular .

P.P.S Piggys love lettuce and fruit!

Step 5: My Inspiration

My inspiration is my piggy spunky who I picked and she was the best! On December 22, 2009 she will be turning 6



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    I've read that carrots are bad for cavies, what's you opinion?

    Ummmm... I don't believe that they are bad for guinea pigs. I read a couple of reliable guinea pig care books and they say nothing of that.


    I am heartbroken, I think my guinea pig has ovarian cysts, she is losing hair on her sides and there are crusty patches on her nipples. I have an appointment with the vet on Thurs. I don't know if I can afford the surgery and I can't bear to have her put down, I can't bear to see her suffer either. I'm her 4th owner, she has a problem trusting and I can't blame her. Cross your fingers that I'm wrong. Anyhow, I've read that Vitamin A in carrots can cause liver problems in cavies so feed them in moderation. I've removed Poppy's salt lick and mineral lick. She wasn't pleased but I don't want to cause anymore problems for her. Thanks for your advice.


    I'll let you know what the vet says, I pray for good news. do you have any ideas how I can get Poppy to trust? She doesn't like to be picked up or held, I think it's because she's had so many owners that she doesn't trust people anymore. After all, how many times can you give your heart before you finally shut down?

    I have the same problem with Lucky. a lot of the time it's that they don't get handled enough so they aren't used to it and freak out.

    I'm sorry I haven't responded but I haven't seen this comment the best way is to hold them and play with them every day! if just holding them while feeding them there favorite food, or just watching TV with them! Best stated spend more quality time with your pig and they'll trust you more.

    the best food to feed them is romaine lettuce and most other lettuces just stay away from ice berg lettuce (it won't kill her but it has a high water content so there isn't a very high nutritional value and to get her to like you the best thing to do is constantly be in or near her cage try moving stuff around and talking to her


    Thank you all for your advice, it was most welcome and appreciated. Unfortunatey, Poppy died last July, she had a large tumor in her abdomen and b the time we found it it was too late. I was heartbroken. Poppy and I had time to become good friends. It has been a year of losses for me, my husband in March, Poppy in July then two weeks after Woody my hamster. Losing Woody and Poppy only added to my grief for my husband.
    You have all been wonderful, keep up the good work.

    I can finally understand how you feel. It saddens me to tell you this but Spunky my piggy passed away last April, at the age of seven. I am going to college soon and thus cannot care for another Guinea, but i am assuming that as with poppy and woody, Spunky took a piece of me with her. I am even more deeply sorry for the loss of your husband. Whilst any death is terrible, that of a spouse is one unimaginable to me, This subject is out of my area of knowledge so all I can say is, Stay strong, and if you are religious, don't fret as you will all be reunited some day, best of luck to you, and may the coming years bring joy and happiness to your life.