But here is my question: how can I train him to tolerate being held/handled? Each day since he was born, I have gently handled him, in an effort to raise him to be used to gentle handling from the beginning. (The first day it was actually mandatory, since he was being ignored by his mother, and was freezing cold when I first found him.) But I have never owned a piggie who complains so loudly and vociferously about being held. The entire time he is out of his cage, he complains loudly, with lots of squeals and and constant complaining noises--although *none* of it sounds like he is in pain. His mother is a real "talker" and we named her Squeakerella because she is so talkative--often sounding irritated--but once you pick her up and hold her gently, she calms down. But this baby doesn't stop or "get comfortable." At first, I thought he was only complaining about being separated from his mother. But now that he's been separated from her for a few days, I realize that it's just non-stop if he's being held or touched by a human. I have a friend who is ready to adopt him, but I haven't invited her over yet, because he seems so unhappy with human interaction, even though I've been extremely careful and gentle, and I've tried to introduce handling from the beginning.
If i could, I would attach a video, to show that he really is making frustrated noises. He makes them nonstop every time he is out of his cage. Does anyone have suggestions other than, "Leave him alone and don't touch him if he doesn't like it."?
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Anyway, even when Sugar volunteers to be held by doing that, she still squeaks and sounds like she's complaining while I hold her. But I've learned that she does like it, that's just her way of making noises. She doesn't try to run or get away. She is learning -- slowly -- to sound more calm, but I think that's just the way she communicates. When she is truly upset at being held (or when she has had enough and decides she wants back in her cage), she will make that clear by much louder squeals and grabbing my shirt collar and tugging on it hard. That's when I know she really does want to go back in the cage.
So, all that to say that perhaps that's just your little guy's way of squeaking. Sugar has to have something covering her (towel, my other hand, etc) when she's on my lap before she will "settle" -- and even then she doesn't settle as much as the others do. But if I hold all the others and not her, she does get jealous and decide she wants attention too. And all that is when I don't have treats to give. When there are treats, she's one of the first in line.
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