If she really did lose .2lb that would be very concerning, moreso if she only weighed a pound to begin with. It sounds like she's still eating/drinking/pooping well on her own, though... normally if things are that dire there will be some more obvious symptoms, so with the information I have at the moment I'm more inclined to doubt the accuracy of your scale unless you're using a small one now. Have you heard her sneezing, especially when you're not visible/audible to her? Does she sit very tensely and hunched, with her fur puffing up sometimes? Are her poops firm and oval-shaped?
I can attest to bpatter's method of finely mincing up veggies and mixing with pellets for picky pigs. It may take a long time, but it does eventually work. My most stubborn pig took I think 3 weeks of it before she finally figured fresh veggies out, but she did get it in the end.
GL page on URIs
She might be just fine but in my experience, more pigs from pet stores will develop a URI than not so it's worth it to be extra vigilant. The prognosis is much better if you catch it early than if you wait for full-blown symptoms.
A pig's body language can tell you how they are feeling, if you know what to look for. Now that I think about it, it's probably not the most reliable of tells right now since she'll still be tensing up/scurrying for cover whenever someone walks by her cage. But sitting tensely hunched up with the fur poofed out typically indicates that they're feeling unwell or painful. They may squint the eyes as well. Look to see if she does this when she thinks she's on her own, rather than when someone walks into her room.
If her poops are firm enough to hold their shape when she lays/steps on them (so, no mushed piles of poo in the cage/stuck to her bottom or feet), then that counts as firm. You don't have to go digging around in her litter area yourself, but bless you for being willing to. :)
I’ve only seen maybe one or two squished poops but it’s near where her igloo is and she tends to move it around a lot. Not on purpose but it’s near her hay and food bowl.
Is it bad if she only eats hay from the diy toy I made her? It’s a empty toilet paper roll filled with hay. I’ve seen her eat from her hay a few times in the past 2 days, Ive just been filling up the toy like 4 times a day.
She does run around like crazy in her cage though. Especially when I turn off the lights. She also moves her igloo around the cage herself, with no help from anyone. Any idea why she would do that?
We found another female guinea pig from an adoption website instead of a pet store. We were thinking of getting her to give Bebe some company. She’s an adult guinea pig. We would need a bigger cage though. We have a standard pet store cage right now, I’m not sure of the exact measurements. It’s ideal for one guinea pig. Do you recommend any good websites or places to get larger cages or C&C cages? Preferably on the less expensive side.
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The grids on that cage on Amazon are no good for guinea pigs. There are only 8 holes across, and they can get their heads stuck in those. You need grids with nine holes across.
Closet shelving makes an awesome cage. It's easy to put together with zip ties, and can be made any size you want.
I keep my guinea pig in my room because I’m always in there. Her cage is ontop of my dresser because it fits perfectly still with some space left to keep things for myself on there too. So I would have to move it to a different spot in my room. Plus I have two little brothers (ages 2 and 4) so I have to keep it in my room because otherwise they will mess with her too much.
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You'll get a cheaper, sturdier, easier-to-build cage if you go to a local home improvement or hardware store and get closet shelving.
Those shelves were the ones I was looking at. Except I was looking at the 6 shelves instead of 4.
She made progress! Just as I was writing this I looked over and she was on top of her loft! She climbed up her ramp. I got all excited but tried not to freak her out. Now that’s all she does! She keeps walking up the ramp and exploring it.
Also, that's adorable. I love when they explore new areas, just waddling around and beeping :)