I was locked out of my Tumblr for the longest time. For some reason the password reset emails weren’t working. One FINALLY came through! :D
I’m sorry, I need to rant. This is probably inappropriate to write on a blog that is supposed to be for educating and cute pictures, but I need to say something.
I started off with the guinea pig community here on Tumblr. Eventually I discovered the guinea pig community on Reddit too. (/r/guineapigs). There’s so many people on both websites who have no clue what they’re doing and when you try to help them they attack you!
Since the guinea pig tag on Tumblr can’t be moderated there’s not much we can do about it. I sometimes send messages to people trying to explain things. 98% of the time I just get hate mail sent back.
But OMG REDDIT! There’s moderators and rules on those forums. WHY do the mods let people basically abuse their pigs? Why are people with disgusting tiny cages allowed to post pictures? Why do the awesome piggy parents who try to educate people get made to look like assholes?
If someone posts a picture of their guinea pig in a pet store cage with bad bedding and a wire bottom and another person comments about C&C cages and fleece the person trying to help gets yelled at and downvoted.
I want to keep this Tumblr and my Reddit account and try to help as many piggies and piggy parents as possible. But I’d also like a piggy community that won’t be filled with pictures of basically abused pigs that make me cry.
I wish I knew when this was from. I clicked on my inbox by accident and it was there. I never got a notification. I’m so sorry. I hope I can still help you.
I think bedding takes longer to clean, if you have the proper sized cage. (You are planning a C&C cage, right? One guinea pig needs at least 7 square feet of space and you need to add an additional 2 square feet for every pig you add to the cage.) You’d have to sit there and scoop out all that bedding. It took me three house from start to finish with bedding. Fleece takes me about an hour. Fleece also doesn’t trigger my allergies as bad. The pigs like fleece better. I’d definitely recommend going with fleece. If for some reason you absolutely must use regular bedding use Carefresh!
It’s always better for your pig to have a friend. In some places, like Sweden (I think it was Sweden) it’s actually ILLEGAL to own only one pig. Guinea pigs are herd animals and they prefer to be in groups.
Yeah, definitely don’t breed your pets. Leave that to the professionals PLEASE! You need to know about genetics and all that. The chance you’ll kill your mother pig and end up with stillborn/sick guinea pigs is VERY high.
The gender does’t matter too much as long as they’re the same gender. I’ve heard that females are less likely to fight with each other. (Although regardless of gender expect some fighting for dominance. As long as no one is getting hurt, just let nature happen.) I know people with males and they’ve never complained.
Try finding a cavy rescue or check shelters before buying from a petstore. There’s tons of piggies that need a good, loving home!
Definitely continue to do research. It’s important! There’s lots of things about guinea pig that very few people know!
My favorite C&C cage store:
My favorite place for piggies toys, accessories, and fleece bedding:
(Just message her!)
Some links that will help you find a rescue:
It’s so hard for me to remember to upload pictures of the pigs for you guys. I usually just Instagram all my pictures and this isn’t a main blog so they won’t go from there to here. It’s a pain in the butt to remember to upload them here too. I liked writing how to posts but I don’t know what to write about. Bleh.