My name is Caitlin and last month I got a baby skinny pig. I rescued him because he had ringworm and the people who had him were going to return him to the breeder because they didn’t want to deal with it. So I took him to the vet and got him nice and healthy and here we are. He’s almost 3 months old now and I know he’s made great strides in being more comfortable in his environment, but I just wanted to make sure that this is normal baby behavior.
What he does is every time my boyfriend or I try to pet him he jumps back and stares for a split second then comes back and licks our hands. Then if we try to let him agin he jumps again, licks and popcorns around like a crazy man!
He will willingly jump into his shark house to come out for playtime, but picking him up is a struggle and we feel like we’re torturing him because he squirms so much. Even if you hold him in a blanket or close to you in anyway he makes a noise like he’s nervous. I know guineas don’t like being picked up so that’s okay, but I just want to know if him being so hand shy with petting is normal or are we doing something wrong?
We always introduce our hands with fresh food like hay and veggies and never reach quickly. We always let him come to us and slowly extend a finger to try and make contact but it’s almost like a game to him. I honestly think he thinks it’s funny.
Anyway, sorry for the rant, but I really could use advice or reassurance that it’s just a baby thing :p
If this is a lone pig I highly recommend getting them a piggy partner. They do great in pair and at this age it’s crucial for them to have someone to play and be with them. I know people who didn’t and over time their playful baby aged, wouldn’t come out of hiding and when they tried to pair them up it seemed too late (they were grumps and wouldn’t bond with anyone). It might have just been their pigs personality but I can garuntee that everyon on this site would recommend getting a piggy partner if you don’t have one already (preferably one they can’t breed with)
When you pick them up keep in mind supporting all four feet will help keep them feeling calm and properly supported
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