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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-26-2010, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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While at a Petco I saw a Skinny Pig. I think they're just too cute! I didn't buy one, but now seriously considering getting one some time down the road.
I was just wondering...should they have a buddy? And I've seen some of the C & C cages online, do they go up levels? Or Not so much?

Really just curious, I thought the one at Petco was just too cute, I held him, but I've really been trying to resist the temptation of buying animals from pet stores!

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I dont know a ton about skinny pigs, as my pigs have always had fur, but Im pretty sure you need to keep them with a furred buddy for some extra warmth.
My pigs have never figured out multiple levels, but they arent exactly the sharpest crayons in the box LOL! Ive seen other pigs use a cage with multiple levels, but mine just never got the concept.



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LMAO Thanks Jess, I was just curious. I just thought the one at the store was too cute, and he was so sweet. I know he was looking for a home, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that any animal purchased from a pet store is going to be at a disadvantage health wise.

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Skinny pigs do need buddies just like regular pigs. They are prone to a host of health issues, the most common of which are abscesses from hay pokes and recurring bouts of skin cancer.

They're not hugely common in rescue right now, but I also wouldn't suggest going to a breeder. Breeding standards for guinea pigs are hugely 'livestock' influenced -- most of the breeders keep their pigs outside in small barns or sheds, keep them in very small cages, do very little breeding for health (in fact, there are many highly specific health problems which are primarily seen only in show pigs), and don't enforce no breeding contracts like rat breeders do.



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Maybe then I'll just get a couple of rescue piggies then! There is a rescue nearish me that has already altered Piggies up for adoption. Which is good, because I don't know how to sex them, and that could just be a disaster!

TY Jenn! I do love the little Skinny Pigs though...but it kinda sounds like they are pretty much always going to be at a disadvantage health wise!

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I found some super cute piggies that I liked from a rescue...called them, applied, and even though they got an excellent reference from 2 vets, they turned me down because I have cats!

I'm kinda bummed!

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Really? Thats too bad! You have so many rats, you would think that they would realize that you know how to keep them safe from your kitties.
Ive been turned down for fostering because Oreos not fixed... I guess the rescues would rather be safe than sorry though.



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Yeah, I can understand that, I was just disappointed, but they did call today, I got an e-mail turn down, and they let me know that one of the piggies has a specific medical condition, she was born without bottom teeth, so they just wanted her specifically to go to a home with more piggie experience. But they told me they'd let me know when they get a couple of males in, so I'm kinda on a waiting list sort of!

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That sounds more reasonable. I can definitely vouch for the difficulty in dealing with pigs missing teeth -- I've got a baby who was born missing his bottom incisors, and we're having to do bimonthly tooth trims.

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Thats what was wrong with one of the piggies! Is that common?

The boys that they have coming in are being evaluated, neutered, and then we'll see. They'd like to come for a home visit, to see where the piggies will be living, do a home check, and see how the cats interact with my rats, and the piggies. So hopefully by the end of the month they'll have a permanent home!

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It's not particularly common, but I've seen it a few times. We had another pig in a couple of years ago that was also missing bottom teeth. It can be either genetic or due to trauma (if they knock out their teeth with enough force it can damage the area responsible for growing them back).

In our case, Harvey was born in the rescue without bottoms. He was the result of a brother/sister mating by some people who thought baby pigs were really cute. He's also 'dwarfed' and is very tiny.

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Yay! I hope you pass the inspection LOL
Aww poor Harvey. Some people are so strange... Do they also think inbred deformed dwarfed babies are cute?! Arg.



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Aww Poor little Harvey!

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I have six cats, and they got along just fine with my piggies and the bunnies. Although I never let them interact face to face without supervision. bunnies used to chase the kitties. Rainbow slept next to littlebunny boy's cage. Not sure what the deal is. Dogs and piggies and bunnies can be another issue depending on the breed of doggie



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