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Old 12-13-2007 Thursday, 02:59 PM
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Guinea Pig vs Chinchilla

I am considering getting a small, furry creature for the boys (so I can learn responsibility ). Anyhow, we were told of someone that has both a chinchilla and two guinea pigs that need a new home. I looked up what a chinchilla is and it seems like it would be kind of fragile, maybe too fragile in our environment...but I didn't really do any research on the guinea pigs. So, thought I'd start here! Any advice on which would be a better option in our family (of three boys!). Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2007 Thursday, 03:01 PM
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chinchillas are more expensive and YOU CANNOT GET THEM WET. IT WILL KILL THEM. in their natural, desert habitat, they never bathe and are not ever submerged in water. if they get wet and stay that way for even a few hours, they do not dry off. they die. just a heads up.
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I am SOOOOOOOOOO allergic to guinea pigs. I have no idea WHY guinea pigs and not ANY other rodent, but it is BAD. My face will swell to an unrecognizable state of puffy and stay that way for weeks. I can't even go into a store that has them without getting an itchy throat.
So, if you have any kind of allergies in your house, you might want to rub their faces on the Guinea Pig and see if they develop massive amounts of hives and swelling.
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I'd definitely go with a guinea pig - they are much less delicate than chinchilla's.
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So, how do you clean them? Do they just not get stinky? What about allergies...I'm highly allergic to rabbits, but I know guinea pigs don't seem to bother me.
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Old 12-13-2007 Thursday, 03:09 PM
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Go with a GP. Much cheaper and durable.
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Okay, I didn't know what the heck a Chinchilla looked like, but that tail just totally creeps me out Just for creeped out purposes I would do a Guinea Pig.
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Jennifer, do you not EVER watch Go, Diego, Go?
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I am SOOOOOOOOOO allergic to guinea pigs. I have no idea WHY guinea pigs and not ANY other rodent, but it is BAD. My face will swell to an unrecognizable state of puffy and stay that way for weeks. I can't even go into a store that has them without getting an itchy throat.
So, if you have any kind of allergies in your house, you might want to rub their faces on the Guinea Pig and see if they develop massive amounts of hives and swelling.
guinea pigs aren't rodents, they are in the same family as squirrels.
i LOVE them, i bred them when i was a kid and showed them at shows they're super social and pretty sturdy.
chinchillas are the softest thing ever, but very breakable and i haven't met any that are very friendly.
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Jennifer, do you not EVER watch Go, Diego, Go?
No I have been punished to watch Dora and Dora only
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Jennifer, do you not EVER watch Go, Diego, Go?
This was the ONLY reason I was considering the chinchilla over the guinea pigs!!!
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guinea pigs aren't rodents, they are in the same family as squirrels.
i LOVE them, i bred them when i was a kid and showed them at shows they're super social and pretty sturdy.
chinchillas are the softest thing ever, but very breakable and i haven't met any that are very friendly.

I think that squirrels and guinea pigs are BOTH rodents.

Scientific classification of Guinea Pig:
Kingdom:Animal
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammal
Order:Rodent
Suborder:Hystricomorpha
Family:Caviidae
Subfamily:Caviinae
Genus:Cavia
Species:C. porcellus

scientific classification of squirrel:
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Rodentia
Family:Sciuridae
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I think that squirrels and guinea pigs are BOTH rodents.
Anything that can hide under the bed and jump out and scare the **** out of me is a rodent in my eyes
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When we were looking for a small critter to buy for our kids we were told something about guinea pigs having a fragile back, that cannot bend in certain ways. For instance they arent supposed to go in those little excercise balls that roll around on the floor. That could injure their spines. Then we tried to handle some and they were so dang freaked out that I just said no way.
I dont want a pet that just tolerates us.
We ended up with rats. I know 95% of the population is sceeved about them but they enjoy humans, can be trained, are clean and are hardy little creatures.
Our rats love the kids and fight over our attention. They also know thier names.
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Well, the reason we are considering one of the two is because they are free...if we could find a rat with a free cage we would consider that instead. We probably don't NEED a new animal in the house, but the boys do enjoy caring for their animals so if there is a free one then we will consider it, but have a hard time spending money just to acquire it...I know money will be spent for care.
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