So Bob will not come out of his hutch. He is still eating if you put the food by the huntch so he does not have to leave it. If you put it away from the hutch he will stretch to get it but does not want his back feet to leave the hutch. He is actting like he is scared to leave the hutch.
I was off of work for two day really sick and coughing a lot and I also dropped a large glass candie dish that shattered. So I guess those two things could have scared him. He is jumpy and will run for cover if you come around the corner and he did not hear you coming, even though we handle him everyday.
Is this normal for guinea pigs to get scared and hide for a whole day or two or should I take him to the vet ASAP?
- Contributor in 2014
Guinea pigs are prey animals and it is their instinct to hide when they are scared. If he is new you will need to be patient and earn his trust. Some are just more nervous than others and need more time. If you have had him awhile and this behavior is new, than that could be cause for concern.
I am hoping Bob will be back to normal today sice I went back to work and will not be at home coughing up a lung in the next room. If not I will see the Vet ASAP.
- Contributor in 2014
No, I did not know I needed to. I guess I am a bad guinea pig owner since I did not really look in to all this stuff before I got these guys and just went by when the pet store told me. In fact I did not know 95% of the stuff on this site before I found it. But now that I do know this stuff I will doing it.Do you weigh him regularly? Has he lost weight?
As for weight loss, I'm not 100% sure he feels about the same to me.
No he is not, when I said Hutch I was wrong. I should have said his house/box/hidey in his cage.Is he kept outside?
Just stands there, but he did that beforeWhat does he do if you move his hidey?
Yes I would say he was, I put him back on the other side of he cage and he stayed there for like 20 sec then took off like a bat out of hell for his hideyIs he generally acting terrified in the cage
When I was holding him he acted fine, but when I left him on the chair (I was close by to make sure he did not fall) he just kinda stood there. Most of the time he will stand there for like a min then try to find something to get in to.does he act more normally if you take him out of the cage?
I just did and I could not find anything wrong with him.You need to take him out and check him thoroughly.
I am really worried about my little guy so I am calling a vet ASAP just to be on the safe side. But anything you guys can come up with to help me help Bob would be great.
Weighing regularly is a must as the first sign of illness is usually weight loss. http://www.guinealynx.com/weigh.html
I would get him into the vet. It can not hurt. Petstore pigs are often sick with mites, URI etc. They are also notorious for miss-sexing. So I suggest you re-sex your pigs. This article http://www.guinealynx.com/sexing.html should help. This one has some great pictures - http://www.cavyspirit.com/sexing.htm