Upon the passing away of one of my guinea pigs I noticed my remaining Guinea Pig, Pumpkin, was getting lonely so I decided to get her a new companion. During the introduction I noticed Pumpkin was very excited popcorning all over the floor, she also licked the other guinea pig’s ear and face. However, after that she started to bite her and started chasing her while still popcorning. There was no teeth chattering or any other sign of aggression or domninance.
I tried to search for a similar description of behavior but I didn’t find any. Is this normal? Right now I have them in the same cage but I split it in two so they can smell and see each other. I tried placing them together after the introduction, but Pumpkin resumed chasing and biting the new guinea pig while still popcorning.
Other behavior she’s been exhibiting is wheeking if I take the new guinea pig away and both of them chew the bars that separate them. I separated the two because the new guinea pig would wheek so much when Pumpkin runs around her and bites, but there was no blood drawn at any point.
Thank you in advance for your replies
- Supporting my GL Habit
Yes I read that link a couple of times actually, but it just scares me to hear her wheek as if she’s in pain.
Thank you for your reply.
If there is no blood or chunks of skin taken out of one of them, you should not separate them or worry about the sounds they are making. It looks terrible, but it really does sound worse to you than it does to them.
If you are worried that one pig is keeping the other from eating or drinking, you should have two bowls and two water bottles. In fact, you should have two of everything anyway, because pigs can and do bully each other by hogging the food bowls or water bottles. All hideys should have two entrances/exits, not just one. Otherwise one pig can trap the other inside. Also, it's better for ventilation that way.
Also, make sure the cage is big enough. Not having enough space to get away from each other and run around without getting in each other's space is a good way to make sure your pigs will always be squabbling. Two females need a minimum of a 2 x 4 grid C & C cage, two males a minimum of a 2 x 5 grid cage. That's a *minimum*. Bigger is always better. The more space they have, the less they will fight.
They do have two of everything in the cage it’s just that at the beginning Pumpkin wouldn’t give the little one, that I am now calling Bella, a chance to eat. I am now weighing them daily because I want to see if they’re both adjusting fine.
I have a couple of questions, I am wondering if any of you experienced this. I can never take out just one of them now. Whenever I take out one of the pigs the other one starts running around in the cage and wheeking. Well Pumpkin used to do this when she was feeling better but not so much now that she’s ill. Do guinea pigs get separation anxiety? Or is it because they’re still very young guinea pigs?
It doesn’t bother me to take both of them out at the same time I was just wondering if any of you experienced this. It does get a little bit hard to hand feed Pumpkin because they both get so comfortable that they start napping on my lap. Then I get annoyed squeaks from Pumpkin when I do go in to give her more food.