Couple Argue Over Feeding of Pet Guinea Pig

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Is the proper care and feeding of your pets a debated topic in your household?

For one couple in Clarksville, Tennessee, a discussion over the feeding of their guinea pig got one man charged with domestic violence. Emmanuel Igbokwe, 31, was released on $250 bond after allegedly pushing his girlfriend and causing her to almost fall down the stairs. According to police reports, the victim told police she was walking down the stairs when the argument occurred. Igbokwe denied touching his girlfriend.

For your health and the health of your pet, Guinea Pig Today recommends coming to a peaceful agreement on how to care for your pets before bringing guinea pigs into your home. Some guinea pig rescues will require you to sign a contract before bringing your pet home ensuring you are well educated of the proper techniques of cavy care.

Have you had an argument over the care of your guinea pig? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Angela, Editor-in-Chief, GPT

Angela founded Guinea Pig Today and guest writes for CavyMadness. She volunteers with Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue and supports the ROUS Foundation. Her guinea pig, Papua, is the star of WHEK-TV/DT.

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2 Responses to “Couple Argue Over Feeding of Pet Guinea Pig”
  1. Darby says:

    I’m pretty protective of my skinny pigs well being, but there’s no pigs in jail and I can’t do them any good from there. Mostly I argue with my wife about making their cage larger ( evidently an entire rooms to much ). I won out on the fight to get capybaras though. It’s all about compromise.

  2. Dusty_bugs says:

    My partner always used to consider our guineapig ‘my pig’ as I had her before we were together. Last year her vet bills reached over £1000 with various medical issues one after the other! Needless to day I was only a very strict and often changing home care regime and I had to rope in the partner to hold the fort whilst I worked my 12 hr night shifts.

    But that’s when I realised how little personal responsability he had for her. He would often come back very late from nights out – often missing feeds and med schedules, or play computer games and forget until I rang up past mignight to see how things were going only for him to say “I was going to do it now but you’ve rung me up” .. or the classic “I gave up because I wasn’t getting anywhere, she’s had 3 of the 20 mls of crit care you wanted her to have.”

    I would have thrown my job in to make sure I was home for her but that threat, and the realisation that the emotional strain I was under was damaging my opinion of him, seemed to wake up the OH to pull his socks up and switch on his responsible side. I’ve always been grateful to him for all he’s tried to do, but it’s really paid off seeing how his relationship with her has bloomed since he has invested so much time and effort into her. I still feel bad for whooping his bum in gear but I’ve never had to say a word about it since. So a very big thankyou to all the misters (and/or missies!!) in our lives who help keep the family afloat! <3

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