Guinea Pigs!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by TSE, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Okay, let's hear it for one of the cutest animals in the world!


    I really love Guinea Pigs. I had two guinea pigs awhile back and they were so awesome. I would just let them roam around the house or yard, and they would even eat dandelions, doing my yard work for me! :D

    I was thinking though, would it be possible to get an ACTUAL guinea pig as a pet? You know, the giant ones in south america that actually have legs? I heard even in the wild they love when humans give them attention and they are bred there to be eaten, but would they make good pets you think?

    Anyone else LOVE guinea pigs?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Only if they're cooked right. Typically you need to marinate them just so, before the flavors really pop :p
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    They do NOT taste like chicken. OBTW, the ones in South America are Capybaras.
  4. Rt&Dzine, Dec 8, 2009
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2011

    Rt&Dzine macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2008
  5. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    eeewww they look too much like rats for my taste.
  6. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    I love them very much. I have one at home and I consider it as a giant hamster.
  7. tallguy macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2008
    Who knows why but my brother decided to get two gerbils which do absolutely nothing except smell bad and cost money. They've been alive for over a year now so I think it's time for them to pack it in. Small rodents at pets = never again.

    I'll admit though that guinea pig does look at lot more pleasant than the "rats" downstairs that we call gerbils.
  8. rebeccamartin macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2009
    I love guinea pigs and would love to have one as my pet. but family will throw me out if i have one :(
  9. adder7712 macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2009
  10. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
  11. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    They make a great pathology model for Argentine hemorrhagic fever.
  12. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
  13. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    I just had an hour and a half conversation with a drunk guy about how guinea pigs are the best pet. He kept going on about how much they love you and how you can tell them anything. I told him they're a good food source because they grow quickly and can be kept in small areas. If you ever live alone in the woods take a couple dozen breeding guinea pigs with you.
  14. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    My grandmother has always loved Guinea Pigs. They're as dumb as rocks, but can be very sweet little things. Given a choice, i'd pick a hamster, but that's just me. I've had a few hamsters over the years. My first one - and one of the sweetest ones we've had - died in my hands. I felt bad, but was glad she died with me, not alone.

    My only real experience with guinea pigs as pets was one we had and it bit a lot. Musta got a lemon.
  15. Knowlege Bomb macrumors 603

    Knowlege Bomb

    Feb 14, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I've had a couple friends over the years that have had these things and I couldn't stand them. I'm not sure if they were just "talkative" ones (that's what one friend called his) but they NEVER shut up.
  16. rebeccamartin macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2009
    I have heard that guinea pigs breed very fast will put many small ones which will be difficult to handle. but over all they are very sweet, will listen to you nicely(provided they will not understand anything) :)
  17. MegaSignal macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2003
    Noisy Pets

    You're right - these things squeal and whine incessantly; just try crunching cellophane and hear what happens!

    No, it's rabbits for my kids (their first choices being venomous/poisonous reptiles, followed by large hunting dogs, then, finally, tarantulas).

    After all, it's been said that if you pick a Guinea Pig up by the tail, their eyeballs will fall out!

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