I recently adopted 2 females from the local animal shelter. They are a bonded pair and approx. 1 year old. Does anyone have advice for me on how to earn their trust and allow me to handle them? They were very scared - the shelter wanted them in a home without children - assuming they were mishandled at their first home.
I assume it will just take time and not forcing them to be touched/handled until they have settled in a bit. One of them, Coco, is more inquisitive and allows me to pet her on the head, back, chin...so long as I don't make a move like I may pick her up. She happily squeaks away while I pet her.The other one, Pepe, is the very shy one. She will run and hide if I walk past their enclosure. She will take hay and other food from my hand, but only from the safety of her hideout or blanket tent she has made. They both wheek very loudly when I get out the salad! :)
Thanks in advance for the advice!
New Guinea Pig Mom
P.S. I have a lot of experience with other small animals...but guineas are a bit different! So excited to make their forever home a happy one.
If yours have been mishandled by children, they will be extra scared of being picked up. Just be careful and give lots of treats. The way to a guinea pig's heart is through its stomach!
- And got the T-shirt
Also, they don't like slick floors, so it may help to put a large blanket or towels down to give them some traction.