Top 10 point's to consider when planning for new arrival's.
1:How many Guinea Pigs do you have room for ??
Where do you get your Guinea Pigs from ?
An ideal number for first time owners is a pair of Guinea Pigs either:
A boar pair - male
A sow pair -female
A neutered boar with a sow companion.
Obviously being a rescue and knowing how many unwanted animals there are we only recommend adopting an unwanted pet, but if you do decide to source your Guinea Pigs from a large retail pet store / breeder please take a careful note of the following point's.
Research the breeder / large retail pet store you are looking to visit.
When you visit a breeder check cleanliness and standard of hutches and other animals they have especially the Guinea Pigs parent / siblings.
Be aware that the ring worm(fungal infection) has a 2 week incubation period and is common in retail / breeder purchases, you may get more than you bargained for. Guinea Pigs often come from large scale rodent farms with less than satisfactory standards.
CHECK the sex of the Guinea Pig you are looking to buy,we have had several owners contact us thinking they had been looking after 2 sows for 3 months - only to find little baby faces one morning and infact they had a boar & sow. There is a real problem of mis-sexing in large retail pet stores. If you are not confident of the sex take them to the vets.
Guinea Pigs are capable of mating from 3 to 4 weeks old !!
At the rescue ALL the cases we have assisted with of young sow pregnancy`s have been from breeder / large retail pet store purchases,who have mis - sexed and sold a pregnant sow.
To avoid all of this - Just seek out a reputable Guinea Pig rescue this is a common issue we pick up the pieces from.
Please remember the following golden pieces of advice:
1:NEVER buy a single Guinea Pig.They are naturally social animals and its cruel to keep them alone.
Did you know its illegal in Switzerland to keep a Guinea Pig alone !! They dont just make great chocolate.
NEVER buy a baby boar trio from a large pet retailer,despite what they say.It will end in tears, young boars falling out and worse still injuries and vet bills.
We deal with this problem all the time !!!!
If you want to buy baby boars PLEASE do your homework on boar behaviour, so you are prepared for possible teenage tantrums.Dont let this put you off,the vast majority of baby boar pairs get through the teenage phase with help from their owners and boars in general are just scrumptious.
Again large retail pet stores dont tend to pass on this advice.The vast majority of calls we get about young boars are from owners who just bought without learning the facts
2:Time - How much time do you have to give,its not just cleaning and feeding its playing and cuddling too
3:Love - A home is hopefully forever,a Guinea Pig needs to be a family committment, mums and dads please dont get Guinea Pigs unless you want them.