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Meet Winter- My Pet Guinea Pig
My Long White Haired Pet Guinea Pig
After going through pet hamsters, rabbits, birds and fish; (we still have fish), one of my daughters asked for a Guinea pig as a pet. After putting up with the bad hamster pee smells, and bird poop; I was reluctant to say yes at first and kept making excuses. These kids always want pets but neglect to care for them.
At one time, I remarked that since she has no time to take care of pets; she could adopt a squirrel which is less work. They show up in the back yard, you feed them, they leave and return. No need to buy food, bedding, or even a home. My daughter said that this time she would take care of her pet. She also remarked, that feeding squirrels was not the same as having a pet from the store and that just throwing food at a squirrel is not caring; but ,when she took the initiative and bought the food and bedding well, ( she meant business) , we went to the pet store and this long hairy white guinea pig was available. She named the guinea pig Winter because of his long white furry coat and gave him a bath.
Since the cage alone was very expensive; we bought a 10 gallon fish tank as a temporary home and purchase a cage online that comes with water bottle, food, and bedding for less than the price of the cage. Although Hamsters are cheaper and usually sell for $.99 with a full starter kit; Guinea pigs don't reek and caring is pretty much simpler.
So far, the Guinea pig seems a much better pet than the Hamsters we've had in the past. Everyday, because of the stinky pee in the bedding; the cage had to be cleaned and for me that was just too much work. Because Hamsters tend to snap with their little sharp teeth; the kids were reluctant to touch or play with them. But with Winter, its different. She allows them to pet her as well as take her out to play. I advice the kids to let her eat from their hands and talk to her so that she'll get accustomed to their smell. In addition, to the food purchased from the pet store; we have introduced Winter to cabbage which she nibbles upon.