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Old 08-25-2008, 03:18 PM
Hollie Hollie is offline
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One of the most common misconceptions is that it is ok to house guinea pigs and rabbits together, just because they cant breed does not make them ideal room mates. In fact as they speak completely different languages it is common for one to dominate and even bully the other and can often lead to mental abuse- believe it or not. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule and animals can indeed live happily together as long as they have enough space of their own, perhaps a separate food dish and room to exist in peace if they require it.

Old 08-27-2008, 12:43 PM
a.doyle a.doyle is offline
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I am wary of guinea pigs. We had them in kindergarten but they never really seemed nice ... they were always skiddish and smelled funky. Though of course, they were probably skiddish because they were surrounded by a ton of screaming, obnoxious kids ... but still ... I've always been more of a rabbit fan.
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Old 01-02-2009, 09:14 PM
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I'm also under the impression that guinea pigs squeal a lot.

Wikipedia adds to the unease with their description:
"They originated in the Andes, and studies based on biochemistry and hybridization suggest they are domesticated descendants of a closely related species of cavy such as Cavia aperea, C. fulgida or C. tschudii, and therefore do not exist naturally in the wild.[1][2] The guinea pig plays an important role in the folk culture of many Indigenous South American groups, especially as a food source, but also in folk medicine and in community religious ceremonies.[3] Since the 1960s, efforts have been made to increase consumption of the animal outside South America.[4]

In Western societies, the guinea pig has enjoyed widespread popularity as a household pet since its introduction by European traders in the 16th century. Their docile nature, their responsiveness to handling and feeding, and the relative ease of caring for them, continue to make the guinea pig a popular pet. Organizations devoted to competitive breeding of guinea pigs have been formed worldwide, and many specialized breeds of guinea pig, with varying coat colors and compositions, are cultivated by breeders.

Guinea pig is also used as a metaphor in English for a subject of experimentation; this usage became common in the first half of the 20th century. Biological experimentation on guinea pigs has been carried out since the 17th century; the animals were frequently used as a model organism in the 19th and 20th centuries, but have since been largely replaced by other rodents such as mice and rats. They are still used in research, primarily as models for human medical conditions such as juvenile diabetes, tuberculosis, scurvy, and pregnancy complications."

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