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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2009, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Question Skinny pig and guinea pigs- Do they get along?

I have one male (albino) skinny pig, Ivan, and I want to get him a guinea pig companion- a female. I will either spay her or neuter Ivan, since I have no room for any other piggies. Will a male skinny pig and a female short-haired guinea pig get along? Ivan is pretty friendly and socialized, as I got him when he was with his 2 skinny pig brothers. He loves to cuddle and explore and he even gives kisses. (He gets so relaxed when he's sitting on me he yawns in my face and gives me a glimpse of his tiny little teeth and his tongue.) I got him on Friday. All info is appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-20-2009, 05:59 AM
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Yes, haired guinea pigs and skinny pigs will get along just fine, and is often preferred so that they've got someone to snuggle up to when it's drafty. If you want to get a female and neuter Ivan that's understandable, but you could also get him a male friend and avoid surgeries.

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Okay... I just have to know.
Whats a skinny pig?



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It is like a hairless guinea pig. http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2007/10...ig_450x371.jpg


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A skinny pig is a guinea pig that is ALMOST bald, they still have a little fuzz on their head and feet. There is also Baldwin guinea pigs that are supposed to be completely bald.





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OMG I want one! Haha love their wrinkly cuteness



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They're prone to a lot of health problems, unfortunately. They're pretty delicate, and prone to abscesses and skin cancers because of their lack of fur, and seem to have a high prevalence of heart disease and thyroid problems.

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Awww, poor guys. :[ Thats really sad. Is it because they where over-bred or something, to get them to be hairless?



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Skinny pigs were first developed in laboratories for experimentation, which probably leaves them a bit genetically susceptible to certain things that they were developed TO test, you know? They were crossed out with Teddy pigs (which explains their wavy hair) I suppose to strengthen the line a bit, but Teddies are also very prone to skin problems and health issues, so it didn't add much in the way of foundation.

Baldwin guinea pigs were developed for show and are completely hairless. They're a mutation sprung up from crested guinea pigs (IIRC) and there's a fair amount of inbreeding that went into them and probably still does due to their small numbers. They're considered "rare and expensive" (like the skinnies) and that draws people to breed more and more of them. They're also born missing a gland, but I can't remember which one off of my head.

Both are prone to abscesses because they don't' have fur and hay is pointy so it sometimes jabs right into their skin. They tend to get skin cancer a LOT because they don't have any systems set up to deal with the amount of sun they're getting and no natural immunity has developed.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help, guys. I'm going to put Ivan and his new friend Cookie for you guys to see. Post and tell me if you want to see them (since it won't let me put them here.) and I will send you a private message.

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