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post #1 of 5 Old 06-16-2009, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Guinea Pig

Hey I really want a Guinea pig but websites say they need at least 7.5 square feet for their cage. I was wondering if I could house him in a 20g long glass tank which has 2.5 square feet (obviously too small) and then just let him wander in my room all day and just use the tank for him to sleep at night. Or maybe cut that out all together and just setup a bed in my room too so that my room is basically its cage. Is this possible?

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-15-2009, 01:50 PM
I don't have guinea pigs, but I don't think they need THAT much space. Have you done searches online?

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-23-2009, 05:06 PM
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I wouldnt advise the glass tank at all, I know from keeping my guinea pig for around 9 years that they can start to smell! Not only that it can get real hot and stuffy even though it may not have a lid.
Im not sure if you are in the UK but I have a spare cage my guinea pig lived in sadly though I couldnt send it as its big. I used to keep mine in a indoor cage and then I used to take the top off and let him graze in the grass. I didnt have a run for him but he seemed happy enough, he made it to a good age sadly he died about a month ago and gosh I miss that little guy!
No you couldnt let a guinea pig have roam of your room coz they chew EVERYTHING! so this wouldnt be safe for him or good for you, plus unlike a rabbit that you can train to use a litter tray whilst its out there would be no hope of this with a guinea pig! There would be poopys everywhere!
Anyways im not sure if im way to late to answer you as this was posted a while ago but I thought Id give it a shot, let us know anyway if you got one and how things are :) I added a cage like mine to give you a idea, obviously you would have to let the guinea pig out for a run but maybe you could get a run at sum point :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-23-2009, 06:53 PM
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The 20g is sadly too small for guinea pigs. Aim for a cage floorspace similar to 75g and it should fit 2-3 guinea pigs. Don't overcrowd them. They do reek a lot and I kept a few guinea pigs before. They are far friendlier than hamsters and tend to be active especially when you take the time to interact with them.

Actually, these are the only pets I could hug dearly aside from dogs and rabbits. I got bitten by hamsters more than 20 counts. Oh well..The joys of hamster keeping.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-23-2009, 07:00 PM
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Nope. Get a large cage.
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