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Q: Always been a problem..

July 16, 2009 | By Illiana R. | 3 answers | Expired: 1878 days ago

Always been a problem..

Well As you know i have 4 guineapigs. mousey and teddybear are put into a cage together,shyshew in his cage,and patches in his cage. the thing is, i want one less cage to clean. and also i let my guineapigs run around the house when im able to watch them. i let mousey and teddybear out at them same time (they follow each other) but i want to be able to let shyshew out with patches. we tried introducing them to each other once but they tried to fight. patches really is the innocent one but shyshew is the one who starts the fight. i really need ur advice. what should i try?

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Kavykeeper
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Jul 17, 2009

First of all, make sure you have same sex guinea pigs if you bring them out together. You don't want babies. Some guinea pigs never get along. You just never know. There are ways to help it along. If you bathe them together, sometimes that will get them to huddle together and distract them from fighting. I use Selsun Blue with aloe and don't get water on their heads, only bodies. I rinse them very well, towel try and blow dry them on low setting. I dab vanilla on their rumps and bridges of their noses to mask their scent. I bring them out and offer snacks at the same time so they are near each other, but busy eating. Always have a towel or pigloo nearby to toss over one in case they start to fight. You can get bit if you stick your hand between them. If they continue to be aggressive, I wouldn't press it...an angry guinea pig can kill or maim another one, so it's not worth it. I have six guinea pigs in five cages. It's more work, but all of them are happy. The advantage to having them separate is you can monitor their food intake and their droppings to watch for signs of illness. The other option is to make a very large coroplast cage and divide it into two so they are next to each other, but separated by a grid. Neutering won't eliminate their urge to fight. There is no advantage to neutering for males other than allowing you to keep males and females together. It's also very risky for guinea pigs. Keep us updated on how it goes. Good luck!

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Ches21
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Jul 16, 2009

Get a big enclosed habitat for all four of them or put the two others in a cage together please do not get rid of one that would be just another unwanted pet in the world if having them breed is a problem with putting them together. Then take them to the vet to be nuetered and spayed it may sound strange for a ginea pig but I have heard that they can do it. There are all kinds of vets who specialize in spaying and nuutering small animals such as ginea pigs.

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Jillian
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Jul 16, 2009

there are sectional cages available...somewhere. but i have no idea what they cost.

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