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Ds's teacher is looking to re-home some piggies. We pet sat 3 of them over spring break and we all fell for one of the males, Brownie. I've been trying to read up, I've never owned a caged animal so I feel clueless. Been going over some of the old threads here but I was wondering if anyone can comment on something I read at cavycages. Basically it said that piggies are social and shouldn't live alone. I'm totally down with finding another male for Brownie, I wouldn't want to be all alone either but I wanted to see if anyone had anything to say about that.<br><br>
If we find him a male cagemate will they automatically get along or might they fight?<br><br>
Also, does anyone have opinions about the best place in the home for the cage?<br><br>
Best bedding for them?<br><br>
And is it true they don't really play with traditional toys but prefer stuff like toilet paper tubes and paper bags?<br><br>
Anything?<br><br>
Just want to be prepared.<br><br>
TIA!
 

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Welcome to the wild and wonderful world of guinea pig ownership! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Here's some really good places to start:<br><a href="http://www.guineapigcages.com/" target="_blank">http://www.guineapigcages.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.guinealynx.com/" target="_blank">http://www.guinealynx.com/</a><br><br>
Edit: Yes, males *can* get along together, but if you take that route make sure you introduce them carefully (young males who grow up together do well). You can also get Brownie neutered and get him a couple girlfriends/sisters. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I buy cage litter from Southern States (a feed store). I get a gigantic bag of cubed cardboard (made for horses) and use it as a base for the cage (about $5). Then I top it off with timothy hay (you can get a bale for $3-5 bucks and it lasts for MONTHS). I also find using newspaper on the bottom as a liner helps with cleanup.<br><br>
Guinea pigs will play with many non-traditional types of toys--as well as home-made stuff. Ours love toilet paper tubes (they thow them and rip them up) but also will play with cat toys that rattle, baby toys and bird toys (we hang some up from their cage lid).
 

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Thank you!<br><br>
Did you make your own cage? The cage is in now is too small, even for him alone so we will need a new one.<br><br>
And I was told it would be $250 to get him neutered! Could that be right? That's how much it was to fix my 165 dog, lol.
 

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$230 sounds really steep for neutering. Our little guy was done for about $90. I've heard of some vets doing it even cheaper, but it may depend on where you live. You might have luck finding a good referral in your area via one of the cavy boards.<br><br>
If you get a second boy (or a spayed female), you may not want to neuter. Neutering really doesn't change male behavior very much--just keeps them from breeding (and our boy still acts amorous). We only got our guy done as he came with his sister and she was too young to be spayed (they *hated* be separated). Spaying, though, drastically reduces the female reproductive cancers which can extend a female piggie's lifespan (and quality of life).<br><br>
We made our cage using the instructions from the guinea pig cage site. It came to about $60 and it's HUGE. We picked up an extra set of cubes and used them to make "legs." We have more than enough room for our two crazy cavies, and we could add a 3rd if we wanted. I love how easy it is to break apart to clean or move (a dustpan and handbroom are excellent and vinegar makes a nice cleaner).<br><br>
I had a guinea pig as a kid, but never realized how intelligent they were until we ended up with our pair last year. Someone dumped them as very tiny babies at Petco and the manager begged us to adopt them (Dilbert and Mocha Chip Latte). They are hilarious little nuts! They love to throw toys around, do laps around the cage and buck like little horses (called "popcorning").<br><br>
They can be kind of noisy, though. Sometimes they are really active in the evenings or early mornings. Because of that, we ended up transplanting the cage from our bedroom into the living room (it is a high-trafficked area so they get lots of attention).
 

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Guinea pigs are fun pets. They are social with each other and their owners. Does the teacher have any of the piggies living together? That would be the ideal cagemate for him, someone he's lived with before. As for neutering, I would discuss it with your vet, see pros and cons and choose what you feel is best for you. The links you were given are great, here is another really good one i used to go to when I had a guinea pig. <a href="http://www.cavycompendium.com" target="_blank">Cavy Compendium</a>
 
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