Need help deciding my next furry friends!

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Need help deciding my next furry friends!

cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
I have been bouncing back and forth between 3 different furry friends to get: Chinchillas, Degus and Guinea Pigs.

The former two are oh so awesome but chinchillas are pretty high maintenance and seem a little too fragile for a house with a cat and a 2 yr old.

The degus are pretty sweet but still seem kind of fragile, plus they are diurnal and I am gone most of the day so I wouldn't be able to spend as much time with them as I would like.

I am leaning towards guinea pigs right now because looking through all the adoption sites melts my heart (I thought they were kind of ugly at first but they've grown on me). Plus they seem to be the best choice for my household, but I have a 3 story cage and I'm not sure if that will be big enough for them to roam.


SOOOO as you can see, I have a dilemma! I have the cage and some bedding but I am holding off on other items until I decide for sure what to get. Help me out here Eden! I know you guys will pull through for me, the pet forum I joined isn't really as active as we are here.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Chinchilla!
Ace <3 , LilLostLenore , Greenleaf , Entropy , marshmallow
5  (10%)
Degu!
Eucaly
1  (2%)
Guinea Pig!
Ghost , Powder , MeliPixie , Ms. Spice , GenderSexplorations , tickle me pink , acessorie , darthkitt3n , Illusional , indiglo , Rarity , ellejay , SMichelle , Eva Schwaltz , deltalima , FallFire
16  (32%)
What the Hell is a Degu?!
GravyCakes , daveysgirl , pinkcupcakes , Taylor , InNeedOfABuzzzz , ZenaidaMacroura , married with children , K101 , dawnkye , Jon S , Howells , ~LaUr3n~ , Kitka , Pink Jewel , zeebot , mpfm , slynch , ViVix , ScorpionMoon
19  (38%)
You're Crazy!
Other!
DeliciousSurprise , Kindred , Starkiller87 , El-Jaro , Yoda , Bignuf , Puss in Boots , Missmarc
8  (16%)
Screw it, get 'em all!
dv8
1  (2%)
Total votes: 50
Poll is closed
08/25/2011
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Ghost Ghost
I would choose a guinea pig, but only if you are not planning to let the 2 year old near it. They may be less "fragile" physically, but they can be easily startled and don't like being manhandled by children (as most animals do not).
08/25/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
Chinchillas are too easy for small children to accidentally kill.
08/25/2011
Ghost Ghost
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Originally posted by Eucaly
Chinchillas are too easy for small children to accidentally kill.
Small children can kill anything...
08/25/2011
Kindred Kindred
I don't know much about degus, but both chinchillas and guinea pigs make great pets. I agree, chinchillas require a little more work and are a little more fragile than guinea pigs. I'm not sure how big your cage is, but regardless you should take your gpig out for exercise regularly. Let it play in a designated area that is safe and okay for them to soil. This is a great way to socialize them and exercise helps with digestion. I have a friend that puts a big inflatable pool in his basement and lets his pigs roam in it safely.
08/25/2011
MeliPixie MeliPixie
I'd go with a guinea pig... They're quite durable and good with little ones.

I originally though you were asking people of the "furry fandom" demographic for help with something, and I was all over that XDDD
08/25/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
Thanks guys! I'm really towards a guinea pig

I don't plan on allowing my son around the pet(s) without my supervision and very careful attention. I will take into account that they can be skittish and frightened, thanks for that tip!

I am not getting it for my son per say (I know a lot of people get stuff like that for their kids, poor pets ), but I hope he can learn to love it as he gets older. I have the cage up out of his reach but I know that he can get to it if he wants to but I am a supervisor !
Lol

The cage I have is 30" long x 20" deep x 30" high. I am a little nervous that it isn't long enough for it to run around in, but I do plan on getting a playpen to let it out so it can run around. I read they like to do laps. I also got it for degus originally so it has a ramp and 3 levels in it that I am not sure my piggie would like.

For those of you who don't know degus are kind of like a cross between chinchillas and gerbils!
08/25/2011
daveysgirl daveysgirl
Not a fan of these kinds of pets. Had no idea what a Degus was. Learned something new today.
08/25/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
Guinea Pigs are cute, and easy to take care of.
08/25/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
I voted "other", and I suggest rats. Rats are extremely social and intelligent. It's almost like having a dog that can ride in your pocket or on your shoulder. They're also very clean. Rats, unlike some other rodent pets, really enjoy being handled and played with.
08/25/2011
Ghost Ghost
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Originally posted by Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
I voted "other", and I suggest rats. Rats are extremely social and intelligent. It's almost like having a dog that can ride in your pocket or on your shoulder. They're also very clean. Rats, unlike some other rodent pets, really ...
Love rats!
08/25/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
guinea pigs! they are sooo adorable and pretty durable
08/25/2011
tickle me pink tickle me pink
I would go with a guinea pig. I'm looking into getting some myself and they seem like great pets!
08/25/2011
acessorie acessorie
Guinea pigs are social creatures and will fare better when you have two but make sure they are same sex.
08/26/2011
K101 K101
Guinea pigs are great if you really love them. I think hamsters make wonderful pets, but maybe not something for you at the moment as they do require attention and are not good for 2 year olds at all. We don't let the 1 year old anywhere near Hubert Hamster. Heck the 6 yr old can't even hold him without killing him so only the adults and kids 11 years and older hold him at our house! Lol.

Guinea pigs require responsibility too. All pets are going to need a pretty decent amount of your time and attention. Besides with any hamster or rodent type and exotic pets will require you to have a great deal of knowledge in caring for them. I know, it's like you feed, water and pet them how much is there to know, but really there is a lot! We've always had exotic pets. Flying squirrels are still some of my fav pets. We don't have ours anymore though.

Cats or dogs sound like your best bet since you wont be able to provide care for a high maintanence pet. Still dogs and cats too need a lot. Just as long as you have time to give them the basics and still play with them everyday.

I love the chinchillas! They are expensive and high maintenance though. You have to give them a dust bath and they can't be loose if there's other pets like dogs or cats in the house.

Maybe you could try an exotic fish? Have you ever seen puffer fish? They are so entertaining! I had several of them they were so fat! Lol. Guinea pigs don't need special cages. Ours was only in a large tank like cage. He never would use his tunnels. You have to bathe them yourself though. Lol.

Well I wish you luck in finding one that you love. You could always adopt needy ones and homeless pets. They break my heart. We've taken in so many pets that get dumped out that we might as well have a freakin' farm! Lol.
08/26/2011
dawnkye dawnkye
I've never had teeny furry pets, so I'm sorry I can't contribute anything helpful. But, thank you so much for introducing me to degus. They are the cutest things ever! I've just spent too much time looking through images of degus.
08/26/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
I vote rats as well. I dont like any of type of animal listed above but I do like rats!!! Id suggest a spider but you seem to want a rodent.
08/26/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
What about a ferret? I know you can get them de-stinkified.

What about a raccoon or skunk? I know you can get them as pets in MI, just don't know the hoops you have to go through.
08/26/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
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Originally posted by K101
Guinea pigs are great if you really love them. I think hamsters make wonderful pets, but maybe not something for you at the moment as they do require attention and are not good for 2 year olds at all. We don't let the 1 year old anywhere near ...
I've been researching them for a while, and I have learned most of the info you gave me, but thanks for that!

I am aware that much more goes into a pet, and I am an avid pet lover so I am not worried about that. I am actually looking to adopt a female guinea pig, I broke down and got one already and joined a forum for help setting her up in some sweet digs.

I have a cat and she is awesome. I also have a 29G FW tank. I had a 10 set up at once with a dwarf puffer who was my awesome buddy, basically a dog, lol.

The main reason I was concerned is because I do know that there is a lot going into pets and I want to make sure I can fill those needs.

After tons of research and preperation I have decided that the guinea pig is the best match for us, I just need to work on building her a better cage and finding her a friend. Yes, I know, a female for a female so they don't have little piggies all over, lol.

She is so sweet!




@JR- I wanted a ferret so bad but I know my cat would fight with it, lol



PS here is a pic of a degu :

08/26/2011
Ivy Wilde Ivy Wilde
Congratulations on your new guinea pig! She is adorable.
08/26/2011
Booktease Booktease
She's so cute! My sisters and I had one when we were kids. She was so sweet. We purchased a leash for her to take her walking around outside at our grandparents house. She loved it. And even got along with our cat.
08/26/2011
indiglo indiglo
Congrats on your new family member! I owned Degus for many years, and thought I would at least chime in, even though you've already decided. Degus are a much higher maintenance pet than many would imagine. They require a larger cage than the dimensions you mentioned and a highly specialized diet. They cannot have any sugars (naturally occurring or otherwise) in their food, and very low carbs, because they can't metabolize them - they basically have to eat a diabetic diet. They need TONS of space, places to dig, dust baths (which make a big mess) and a good diet.

They make great pets if you can deal with all their particulars. They really can make wonderful, loving pets, but they don't really seek out human attention very much like a guinea pig, but they can become tame and enjoy cuddling. Over all, it sounds like you made a great decision, but you can always keep Degus in mind for the future! It sounds like you're a responsible owner, so Degus might make a nice addition to your family one day.
08/26/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
Congrats on your new family member! I owned Degus for many years, and thought I would at least chime in, even though you've already decided. Degus are a much higher maintenance pet than many would imagine. They require a larger cage than the ...
Thanks, I definitely want degus or chinchillas one day. Probably won't happen until my son is much older though. I would probably wait until I moved into a big house provided I am not still in love with guinea pigs.

Thanks everyone else I am falling so in love with her! She is getting used to me now and we have already started to bond at day 2 I got her a brush and when I started brushing her she purred for me

I was also fortunate enough to find the things I need to make an awesome cage real cheap. Now I have to find cloroplast for the base! I just discovered that for sale signs, etc are made of them.. there are a lot of those around right now. Might have to go for a walk when it's dark out!
08/27/2011
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
cute

I'm glad you went with the GP. I don't know much about Degu's, but I have 4 chinchillas. They really are not for children and there is a bit of a learning curve to them.
11/08/2011
Kitka Kitka
She's adorable, congrats! And thanks for teaching me about Degus.. never knew about them before this post.
11/08/2011
cherryredhead88 cherryredhead88
@DynamicKitty- Glad I could help! I didn't know what they were at first either!

@ Hot'n'Bothered- I am glad I got the GP too. I have 2 of them now and they are doing great. They live in a humongous 2x4 cage,

Chinchillas are still so damn cute and I will always want one! I am jealous you have 4!
11/08/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by cherryredhead88
I have been bouncing back and forth between 3 different furry friends to get: Chinchillas, Degus and Guinea Pigs.

The former two are oh so awesome but chinchillas are pretty high maintenance and seem a little too fragile for a house with a ...
DOG. If not a dog, and you want small/exotic...RAT. More interactive, smarter and FUN, then all the rest. Like a TINY dog with a horrible, ugly tail.
11/10/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by cherryredhead88
I've been researching them for a while, and I have learned most of the info you gave me, but thanks for that!

I am aware that much more goes into a pet, and I am an avid pet lover so I am not worried about that. I am actually looking to ...
Close enough to a rat, you are better off getting the real deal. Rats make GREAT pets.
11/10/2011
LilLostLenore LilLostLenore
the degus are cute just looked it up to see what the hell it was. lol. but I choose the chinchilla they are cuter.
01/30/2012
Puss in Boots Puss in Boots
Don't get a guinea pig.

Get rats! They are the BEST. They are so smart and loving. They are the best pets I've ever had.
01/30/2012
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