- Supporter 2016-2019
We have tried wrapped up, on a pillow, in a bed and nothing has worked. We love our girls especially Jessie but we feel the more we show her we love her the more stressed out she becomes.
All we can do is our best and try not to stress her out so much, Jemma and Jasmine hate being picked up but tolerate their cuddle time.
Jessie was cuddled as a baby and talked to and made a fuss off but she never really liked people. Now all we can do is give gentle cuddles and try not to stress her out. Wish things with Jessie had been different but she is our special girl and we wouldn't change a thing. Wishing you luck with your piggies.
When we first got Mocha, as a friend for Cinnabun, she actually liked being held by people, but once she bonded to Cinnabun she didn't much care for being held anymore and became a little anti social, so we just started respecting that fact and only took her out for floor time, hair/nail trims, weighing, and of course vet checks.
James is another one, he's extremely skittish and shivers when being held. What's odd though is he'll make happy squeaks but then he'll shiver like he's scared. We always have to cover him up with a peice of fleece or a soft towel to make him feel more secure. We've had him for a bout a year and a half now and really tried to desensitize him, but he's still really spooky. He's gotten way better about interacting with us in his "safe zone" (in the cage) though, he comes up and begs just as much as the others.
Our others are pretty human social (especially Cinnabun), but Alistair is definitely a "daddy's boy". Only one generally gives kisses (Cinnabun), though occasionally Phantom will too. Phantom has gotten to the point where I can reach in and pet his head poof or behind his ears; Alistair sometimes likes having his crest scritched inside the cage, especially by my fiance.
- Supporter in '11
Even after 3 years, Skittle does not like to be picked up. She is, however, very curious. She'll walk over to see what I am up to, even if she is outside the cage, but she'll take off if it looks like I am going to pick her up She'll tolerate lap time for about 15 minutes, then she tugs at my shirt to tell me it is time for her to go back. Her old cage mate, Ginger (RIP), was even more shy and used to carry her pigloo around like a turtle shell. Skittle's new roomate Twix is more tolerant of lap time, but he doesn't much care to be picked up either. He squeals loudly from the time I touch him until the time he is settled on my lap. He even squeals if he sees me pick up Skittle. However, he will eventually lay down and get comfy on my lap. Skittle usually looks very alert and not as relaxed on my lap.
When they are out of their cage, I often sit on the floor with a piece of lettuce. They will come to me, eat the lettuce out of my hand and even crawl onto my lap to get it. Since they are free ranged, I often just coax them out of their cage with lettuce and let them climb onto my lap. However, as soon as the food is gone, they head back home.
Funny too - Skittle will avoid urinating on my lap, so she'll tug at my shirt when she needs to "go". If I put her on the floor, she'll run back to her cage and pee as soon as she crosses the threshold. Twix isn't so fussy about that!
I am trying to pick them up a little more often now and get them used to lap time.
I think my guinea pig dont like me. I bougth a male in a shop.. he's been with me for two weeks.. first he let me hold him and pet him.. now, when i try to pick him from he's cage, he starts making sounds like "prr", moving his head warning that he will bite or theeth chatering.. he also does some movements with his lower back.. he just let me pet him in the cage and eat vegetables from my hand...i dont know what to do.. I just want him to be happy.. i dont want him only in the cage without having some exercise time..
- Supporter in 2019
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