- Series: Re Series
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Tfh Pubns Inc (December 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0793821533
- ISBN-13: 978-0793821532
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,739,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Guide to Owning a Guinea Pig: Housing, Feeding, Breeding, Exhibition, Health Care (Re Series) Paperback – December 1, 1997
This book answers all of the questions ever asked about owning a guinea pig. From housing to feeding, handling to health concerns, The Guide to Owning a Guinea Pig is the book for you.
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Most of the advice is not only wrong but dangerous to the health and well being of cavies.
Here are a few of the many points that are wrong, misleading or dangerous:
1. The nutritional advice will produce a very sick pig. Please don't feed your pigs eggs, cheese, cakes, cookies and seeds. They can choke on seeds, nuts are too fattening and refined sweets will make them ill. The book somewhat puts down pellets (and suggests a couple of aforementioned odd homemade concoctions) and yet good quality Guinea pig pellets, along with fresh veggies, are the best way to insure you pig has a balanced diet with Vitamin C, essential for GP's. Hay is also essential and yet there is almost nothing mentioned and no discussion of the various types.
2. Shows a pig in a wire bottom cage. Piggies get thier legs caught and broken in wire bottom cages PLUS the cages shown are way too small. Go to [...] and make you own cheaper and better than you can buy premade!
3. States pigs should be housed separately. This is not true. Pigs are very social animals and need to be with thier own kind. While two adult boars MAY fight, most sows and many boars get along just fine. Of course, house the boars and sows separately unless you want LOTS of little piggies!
2. Shows a rabbit and guinea pig together and says they "get along". It is doubtful they would fight, that is true, but rabbits have powerful back legs and one jump could kill or injure a piggie. They should not be housed together at the very least.
3. Calling a photo of a Guinea Pig a "hamster" just proves that no proof reading by a knowledgable person was done. That is just sloppy and unprofessional.
4. The breeding section never mentions that a sow must be bred before she is 10 months old (IF she is ever going to be bred)because her pelvic bones will fuse at about 12 months, resulting in dead mother and babies in a first pregnancy after that time. This book implies that pigs are not fully mature until 12 months and not at full weight until 18 months, leaving a novice to think it best to wait until then. Very dangerous. Hopefully, no decent person would attempt to breed any animal solely on the information in one chapter in one small book anyway, but this advice will kill your pigs.
There is more but I simply do not have room to correct all the misleading and dangerous info. Suffice to say, with this much hazardous advice, this book should not even be on the market. SHAME on the ASPCA for giving it a seal of approval.
Read "The Proper Care Of Guinea Pigs" by Peter Gurney and/or "Guinea Pig Handbook " by Dr. Sharon Vanderlip or check Internet sites for safe, appropriate care of cavies.
This book has a lot of good pictures, but the information is lacking, and I felt it didn't have enough information for me. I had to buy another book that has far more information and has helped me with caring for my pigs.