Guinea pigs seldom teeth chatter at humans and rarely ever bite, but just be aware that if they are extremely upset or afraid, they may nip. In that case the most successful pairing is accomplished, and you are right, guinea pigs are social creatures and their owners are usually away at work, school, play, parenting , shopping and all the jillion things we humans do, … so piggies do need additional companionship, I believe 3 is the best number if you have a big enough cage, in case one dies the survivors will have a companion to grieve with. This way, if they get away they will not injure themselves falling. Options when things don't work out As mentioned, sometimes guinea pigs just can't tolerate each other, so you will need to be prepared for such an event. Article Summary Before introducing two guinea pigs to each other, quarantine the new guinea pig for 2-3 weeks to make sure it's healthy. Use a vinegar and water solution to clean the Coroplast and throw all other items pigloo, food dish, etc. If they do stay in the same cage then make sure that they both have their own territory and hideaway space to go to to escape the other.
I hope this section of my site answers some of your questions. They don't just sit in their cage, eating all day long, although eating does take up quite a bit of their time, guinea pigs are intelligent little animals. They would also sometimes whee when we put them in their running cage and they had to t … ravel a distance to see each other. Rinse them off carefully and well making sure that you get all the soap out. Make sure your hand is always on their fur so you can feel the level of heat you are giving them. They often don't close their eyes unless they are feeling very relaxed and even then its not very often, as guinea pigs like to be on the alert for danger.
It was between my first two guinea pigs I got in college. It sounds like Dru and Sam still run around when they're inside the cage, though. Even one guinea pig needs 7. Guinea pigs are territorial, so make sure your cage has enough space. Even if a rabbit has a very gentle personality and they get on very well with a guinea pig, they only have to become excited and could kick out by accident. Boars Living Together Boar guinea pigs can indeed live happily with each other, but a pair of boars can be more successful at being introduced than 3 or more boars.
If that goes well you can try letting them both out for floor exercise time together, but avoid a place that belongs to the first pig, we call it neutral territory. Sometimes a submissive guinea pig will also do it if they are feeling bold and really want that last piece of parsley or carrot. Guinea pig beds are available online or at many pet stores. Most, however, will go through the standard dominance dance, getting to know each other and trying to figure out who is going to be the boss. You can use towels to restrain the guinea pigs while avoiding getting scratched yourself. Your guinea pig might feel bored or stressed if confined to his cage all day without a cage mate.
If your guinea pig doesn't have a cage mate, it's extra important you establish a bond with him. Elliott is a veterinarian with over thirty years of experience. But if you are hearing loud squeals, please keep looking out for this behaviour and make sure the under piggy is having their share of the food and water. You may need to nudge them in the right direction. If your guinea pig is living on their own they will naturally become bored and lonely, even if you spend a lot of time with them.
Also if you put a male and a female in a cage and they have sex and give birth to a male the dad may attack the baby as competition for … the female. If they get on well, wash the cage before you put them in since this will make it feel like new territory. Never pull a guinea pig out of the cage against his will. Elliott worked as a veterinarian at an animal clinic for over a decade. When you bring home a new friend for an existing guinea pig, or get guinea pigs from two different sources, keep them in separate rooms with separate cages for 2-3 weeks before trying to put them together.
It may sound unsavoury to us humans, but its very normal behaviour for guinea pigs. Jasmine and Squeekie in a friendly head raising competition Sweetpea checking out Peachy Peachy finding a more lady like way to check Sweetpea : 1 Mounting in the normal position. As it turns out, : whiskers supplement our sense of touch. I know my Guinea pigs have got to work out who is the boss, I just worry that they are my first ones and I have 2 Boars. To learn how to recognize signs of stress or depression in your guinea pig, scroll down! Clean any other hidey boxes or toys.
Pepper was a much loved family member and was my baby. When they are under duress, use precaution when handling them to avoid injury. As long as you don't see any aggressive behaviour, the commotion sounds much worse than it actually is. When you do put two guinea pigs together make sure that they both have somewhere to retreat to so that they have their own territory which does not belong to the other. A male will also sniff a female to see if she is in season,.
Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Dr. Amber: Amber represents the need for you to be alert and be ready to intervene just incase its looking like a fight may break out. Jasmine however, doesn't enjoy being lifted at all and we end up having this little game, where mum has to guess if Jasmine is going to go into reverse or move forward : Guinea pigs respond well to an owner that is gentle, caring and who doesn't raise their voice. P H have a lot to answer for with people buying cages that aren't really big enough. Some guinea pigs aren't interested in becoming the dominant guinea pig of a pair or group and just want to be friends. You should keep the new guinea pig in a separate cage for two weeks at least because of two reasons: 1.