Henry the lonely guinea pig
Oct13

Henry the lonely guinea pig

Losing a guinea pig is always hard. It’s hard for me, of course, but it’s also hard for the guinea pig who is left behind. Guinea pigs are sociable animals who need to be with other guinea pigs. In fact, in Switzerland it’s actually illegal to only own one guinea pig (although you can rent one if one of your pets dies). Like all the pairs of guinea pigs we’ve had over the years, Cedric and Henry were always together. If Cedric was in...

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Worrying about Cedric the guinea pig
Nov04

Worrying about Cedric the guinea pig

A few days ago, I was worrying about my lovely guinea pig, Wilfred. And with good cause. Poor Wilfred didn’t make it and I was devastated. But at least I could stop the constant worrying. The worst had already happened. I am one of life’s worriers. I’m pleased to say that I generally don’t have big stuff to worry about, so I worry about the small stuff. I worry that I might forget to write an email to school. I...

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Eric and Wilfred – a match made in guinea pig heaven
Oct13

Eric and Wilfred – a match made in guinea pig heaven

Getting a new friend for our guinea pig, Eric, after the unexpected death of his friend Daisy, was a big step. I know guinea pigs are social animals who need to be with their own kind. But I’ve also heard of guinea pigs rejecting new friends. Placing a baby with a two-year-old who is set in his ways could have been problematic. Guinea pigs might just be small animals, but they have big, and very different, personalities. Eric...

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The new guinea pig
Sep21

The new guinea pig

After our guinea pig, Daisy, died unexpectedly at the age of 2, our thoughts turned to getting a new friend for Eric. Guinea pigs are sociable animals who need to be with their own kind. Although, strangely, Eric seemed to be doing well on his own at first. Briefly, I even considered that he might be better on his own. But we knew getting a new guinea pig would ultimately be the best thing for him. I know our local pet shop gets new...

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Should Eric get a new friend?
Sep19

Should Eric get a new friend?

When our lovely guinea pig, Daisy, died unexpectedly at the age of just 2 a couple of weeks ago, our thoughts immediately turned to keeping Daisy’s friend, Eric, happy and alive. The kids would have rushed out and got a brand new guinea pig the very next day if they could. Because guinea pigs are sociable creatures, they need to be with other guinea pigs. And they should live around six years. Eric could be looking at a long and...

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