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Q: do you think this is fair?

March 18, 2008 | By Justin D. | 6 answers | Expired: 2308 days ago

Justin D.

My sis has a guinipig and I always clean its cage give it treats and feed it and give it water but she still says it is hers!

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ruthie
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Mar 19, 2008

Hey again Justin, I know life really isn't fair but the truth is it isn't your sister that needs you its that guinea pig and by your taking care of its needs you are being a good person. Im not saying your sister is bad, you can't think of it in those terms. Its more like, no matter who this pet "belongs" to it still needs food, water, love and attention, weather your sis appreciates it or not doesn't matter, that pet can't thank you but it sure does depend on you to do whats right, I'm really proud of you for stepping up and taking care of it since it cannot do those things itself, I bet your heart is big enough that you dont need to worry about whos the owner you've already proven your its caregiver. thanks for being so grown up about it, Im certain that pet is so glad you're there for it too.

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Theranddav
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Mar 19, 2008

Is your sister alot younger than you. If so just let her think it is her pet. No harm no foul. If she is the around the same age as you then make her a deal. If she cares for her pet for a month on her own. Then it is hers. If she doesn't it is yours. See if she will agree to those terms. During that month monitor and make sure she is actually taking care of the animal. You don't want to let it starve just to prove a point.

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Sara S.
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Mar 19, 2008

no. tell her it's yours or she needs to take care of it.

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Theresa
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Mar 19, 2008

Okay Justin, not only does your sister say the guinea pig is hers, you do too. It is stated right in your question. But it does take a lot more to owning a pet than just the mine/hers status. You are truly providing the guinea pig what it needs to survive. without food and water daily it will die. So if you want to be the bigger person, allow her to think it is hers and continue to provide the essential needs to the pet and remind the guinea pig You are the one taking care of it. Any one can be parents, it takes care and love to make a good mommy and daddy. You are providing all you can for the guinea pig, be proud of that.

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Michele Z.
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Mar 18, 2008

Correction to my answer below (and apologies to Justin): In the third paragraph I meant to state, "It sounds like you are a good brother..." (but I accidentally wrote "sister"). Sorry.

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Michele Z.
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Mar 18, 2008

Justin,

It sounds like YOU don't think it is fair, and I can understand your concern. You claim you are providing the guinea pig with essential daily care, but it technically belongs to your sister. If your sister is older, she may actually be giving you the opportunity to demonstrate that you are mature enough to properly care for a pet such as a guinea pig. That is, she is enabling you to learn through experience but is overseeing her guinea pig's care to ensure it receives what it needs.

Do you believe that your sister WOULD do the things you are now doing if you stopped? Does your sister also let you hold and play with the guinea pig? Do you feel as though you are "being used"? Does it really matter whose guinea pig it is as long as it receives proper care?

It sounds like you are a good sister and animal caregiver. I think these are more important and commendable than squabbling over whose guinea pig is it. It also sounds like you would like to have a guinea pig to call "yours". Maybe it is time to ask your parent(s) if you can have one of your own. If you do get one of your own, make sure you give your sister advance notice that you will no longer be the primary caregiver of "hers"--if that is your intention. When she hears this, your sister may even offer to give you "her" guinea pig.

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