I may also wait until one of the hamsters I adopted, Skipidoo--aka Skippy-- passes (a dwarf hybrid, age unknown but somewhere between 18 months and just after 2) as the cage he is currently in is about the length of the 2x4 C&C cage and due to his condition when I first brought him home and since he can't have playtime (too nervous/stressed whenever he's out of his cage unless I'm holding him), I refuse to downgrade him to a smaller cage. So until he passes and I get rid of his current cage, I only have room for a single 2x4/2x4.5 cage with the possibility of a 2x3 or 2x3.5 stacked on top. I intended on taking in an already bonded pair but since that didn't happen, I'm trying to plan for what happens if current cavy doesn't get along with (future) companion--and then the companions they may both need then.
Still, I may have to drop by Nevins Farms and meet those cute cavies, especially since I want to ask if they allow piggy play dates--and why ask over the phone when you can go in person and play with the adorable fuzzies?
My question is where is the best place to look for another female? I live in Marlborough MA (also spend a lot of time around Worcester and Needham where our families are from).
Also, we have our one in a petco starter cage which I quickly learned from researching isn't enough! I'm going to order a C&C cage in the next day or so, but it looks like they don't have tops to them? is there any way they could escape the cage?
For another cavy, I would check petfinder.com or similar sites, shelters and CL (or other similar sites) If you don't mind a drive, late last month/early this month, the ARL in Dedham had a huge influx of guinea pigs that arrived and a good chunk were female. I know some have been put up for adoption. I adopted Miss Daisy from them and during that time, they told me they didn't get a lot of people who came looking for guinea pigs (I had been looking into/doing a lot of research on getting/neutering another cavy--a male--for a good two or three weeks I think before he was adopted).
There are A LOT of people I've noticed posting their cavies up on CL lately. You don't necessarily need to get a piggy the same age as your girl (none of mine are the same age) but remember to go through introductions slowly after quarantine and you want to have a second cage in case they don't get along.
- And got the T-shirt
They saw each other for the first time last night, I moved the cages to the same room. We will probably do an official introduction on Saturday, but I think it'll go well. Gretel (the younger, petco pig) was popcorning all over her cage last night when she saw Oreo, hopefully that's a good sign that she's excited to have a friend!
Definitely read through the link bpatters gave and feel free to ask questions. The members here have been very helpful when I've had questions.
I didn't bother using the bath method when I was introducing Winnie and Miss Daisy to each other but I had a small dish tub on standby in case it seemed the two may need to bond over the evil bath-lady who took over the body of the veggie-lady. I also had a couple of sites opened to use as a reference/help (the link bpatters already gave you as well as this one...especially helpful was having behaviors separated into red, yellow, and green sections regarding whether or not to step in). Honestly, I think the introductions were much more nerve-wracking for me than for them.