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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-16-2009, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Cats and guinea pigs? **update**

I'm planning to adopt 2 guinea pigs. I haven't had one since I was a girl, and she was a great pet

I was wondering if anyone else has cats and guinea pigs in the same house. I had cats growing up and they didn't seem all that interested in the guinea pig. She lived in a hutch in the corner of our kitchen.

However, Pumpkin and Pepper are super curious. I don't want to have to keep doors closed. I'm trying to figure out how this is all going to work before I bring them home. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on promoting peaceful coexistence?

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-16-2009, 10:31 PM
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Re: Cats and guinea pigs?

Lisa,

I came across this blog posting and remembered your question. It may shed a little insight.

How come my cats love my rabbits but don't like my hamsters.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-17-2009, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Cats and guinea pigs?

Thanks, Bug

I just saw the potential piggies today. Oh my goodness They are 5 months old and love to squeak and dart around. Adorable little fluffballs!!

I think I'm going to borrow them for a week and see how it goes with the cats. Still researching this to see what else I can learn...

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Lisa, I'd be interested to hear how it goes.


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Re: Cats and guinea pigs?

My cats were fine, very curious. I didn't trust them though. My guys have brought home "presents" bigger than guinea pigs.

When I had piggies I spent a lot of time on this forum, it might be useful. http://www.caviesgalore.com/forums/
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Re: Cats and guinea pigs?

Excellent! I joined right up. Hopefully I'll get some insights.

I'm sure there will be intense curiosity. Short of grocery bags, Pumpkin and Pepper sniff every single thing that comes into the house. Only Pumpkin is a good hunter -- they're indoors so she only gets an occasional mouse or bug. We've had a chinchilla visit before, but it was short-term so I kept him closed away.

I really, really can't close the kitties out of the bedrooms. The other rooms with closed doors aren't suitable (laundry, hubby's office, bathrooms) for social animals like guinea pigs. Then I need to think about when we leave the house each day. I'm not sure if I can trust the cats if the piggies are in a public area of the house.

Will be interested to see if I get helpful responses at the cavy forum...

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Re: Cats and guinea pigs?

When my kids were small I had cats and guinea pigs together and never had any trouble .

Its like now I have birds with my cats and no problems , I sometimes think the cats know who belong and who doesnt.. but that doesnt mean I dont keep an eye out all the time .

Just have a good strong cage for them ,and when you take them out to play have a squirt bottle out ...my lot used to play together .

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I'll be very interested to hear how this turns out. One of my LJ-friends had guinea pigs and posts pictures of them all the time and OMG!cute! But I'd be worried how piggies would get along with my ladies.
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This is about rabbits and cats rather than guinea pigs, but a friend here at work told me a funny story. She had a rabbit in a well-locked cage and a cat. One night she came home and her cat didn't greet her at the door, which of course was strange. She looked all over for the cat, and finally found it -- in the cage with the rabbit, each of them sticking to their own corners, with the cat whimpering like "Get me the heck out of here." There were no signs of a struggle.


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That's so funny I had a rabbit as a child as well, and he desperately wanted to play with the cats. They didn't know what to make of him hopping about It was hilarious to watch their faces, like "who's this strange character trying to play with us?"

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