Q: how do u bond two guinea pigs of different ages?
August 22, 2009 | By cassie w. | 4 answers | Expired: 2277 days ago
i just got my new piggy but she is a little attention hog so she doesnt realy like to play nice with my two other piggys. how can i get them to bond with each other. ellie is 1 year, puff is 2 months and quee is 3 months
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Aug 24, 2009
I bring them out in a neutral area to play. I always have a towel or pigloo on hand in case they start to fight. I give them snacks and toys to distract them. If they don't fight and I want to keep them in the same cage, I give them a bath together. With 3, you'll probably need help. I put large plastic bowl I use just for my guinea pigs in the tub. I place about 2" of water in it. I put all the guinea pigs in the tub so they can roam around and one at a time in the bowl and shampoo their body with Selsun Blue with aloe. It won't dry out their skin. Don't get water in their eyes or ears...I only do the bodies. I empty the water into the toilet between each one's bath and rinse each one with clean water after each shampoo. When all are done, I bring them out and towel dry them to get off most of the water. I blow dry them together on low setting. Once they are dry, I dab each of their rumps and bridge of their nose with vanilla to mask their scent. The most important thing to do is clean and eliminate the scent in the cage that you want to put them in. I disinfect with 50/50 vinegar and water. Make sure all their dishes and water bottles are disinfected, too. With 3 you should have at least two bowls and water bottles in case one is very dominant and guards them. For three, you need a really big cage. It's recommended that you have 2' x2' per guinea pig. If they are in close quarters, they will probably fight and compete for food. I would take out the pigloos so they don't fight over those at the beginning. Cut all of your treats into small pieces and spread around so they don't play tug of war or fight. I've had three in a cage and they were pretty good together. I ended up taking one out because Truffles has bad back legs and couldn't move fast enough to get out of the way or get her share of food. Good luck and let us know how it goes....
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Aug 22, 2009
I normally quarantine new guinea pigs for at least 2 weeks before introducing to the rest of the guinea pigs. After the 2 weeks is over with I have them in a cage and set it next to the future new room mates cage. This way the can see each other, check each other out, with out them feeling threaten. Then I slowly introduced them in a neutral environment, with some snacks so they can get to know each other. I watch their reactions to each other. If they get along then I let them play for about 15 minute's and then place them in their separate cages and the next day they stay out 25 minutes , till they can be together for at least an hour. While they are playing with each other I will completely clean out the main cage before putting all the piggies in the same cage I know my way is slow ,but it just make sure they get along together
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Aug 22, 2009
Depends on how long you have had them together now. They might not get along, but they may also be stressed right now with new digs and new people and testing the other piggies to take their place in herd order. Rumblestrutting, tapping the others nose-to-nose... totally normal. When I got Coco she rumblestrutted annoyingly so for at least six months.
HOWEVER if they are doing teeth chattering and posturing each other for battle, they may need separated and reintroduced later in a neutral environment. Towels on the couch is a good one. Then if that ends up being ok, they have to be placed into the main cage TOTALLY CLEAN with no scent of the existing guinea pig on anything. They can be very territorial sometimes.
Hehe, Crunch has tried to kill Mr Emerson on two occassions. Once he slit his throat and Emmy got five staples in his neck and then they shared the cage with a dividing grid, then another time after they were neutered, I tried again with them both in the big pen an the ladies and Crunch tried to kill him again. There was a really good puncture wound on his shoulder. Crunch takes the majority of the ladies in the Pig Pen and Emerson and Coriander share a studio apartment on the other side of the room.
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