Is this normal behabior? Did I make the wrong decision to upgrade their space? I want them to be happy of course.
Also, like I said I have had both for atleast 4 years, and they have never been calm about being picked up. I thought by now they would be used to it and trust they will be ok. Not only that but I will try to slowly pet one and they freak out and run to their hideaway huts. Help!
It was great that you made a bigger cage for them. Most cages are way too small for one pig, let alone two. However, it sounds like their relationship was contentious before and it hasn't changed much in the new cage. I have seen an increase in aggression when pigs go to a larger cage.
Sometimes hideys can make the problem worse if the ones they have only have one opening. I always suggest to people that they replace store bought hideys with plastic children's stools. They are open on all 4 sides so the pigs always have an exit if the other pig comes "in." They can be used to sit under as a hidey but are also open enough that they can be run through for "zoomies." Providing two areas for hay might also help in case one of them is guarding the food from the other one.
Mites or illness may cause pigs to bicker and fight with each other. It might not hurt to have a well-check with a vet that knows exotics.
Do you think I need to put the cage up on a large table or have it on the floor with a cover. I am adopting a medium sized dog who I will crate only when the dog will be left alone in the house. Otherwise I can monitor how the dog is with my piggies being there.
What are the fleece forests? You hang it over the top of the cage?
- And got the T-shirt
Why would you need a cover for the cage if you have a sturdy lid, which closet shelving would be? You can clamp it down if you need to.
The photo galleries over at Guinea Pig Cages have thousands of pictures with all sorts of cage ideas.