I just adopted two cavies. Their names are Lilac and Yogurt. Lilac is a long-haired black and white cavy, I'm not sure of her exact breed, other then it's not abyssian. Yogurt is an American cavy. I was told that I was adopting two three year old females. They came with their previous cage, a cage that was about four square feet, which I know is way too small. I have since made them a C&C cage and now they have over three times the amount of space.
Inspecting General Health
While inspecting both cavies, I noticed I had two males, not females. They both had hardened feces on their feet, and their nails were too long. So I trimmed their nails, soaked their feet, and detached the feces from their feet.
As I am new to cavies, I have been trying to give them everything they need, for the first few days I had them I left them alone with a blanket over the cage. However, I'm having troubles with Lilac in particular he'll wail loudly if anyone comes within a foot of the cage, and this is usually followed by chattering. Lilac will sometimes chase after Yogurt and then Yogurt will start chattering too. I don't want to separate them because Lilac is afraid of humans, and I know they need interaction. I also live in an apartment and I would prefer to build both of them a large cage, rather then have two smaller cages. I want to make sure they both have the space they need, but I don't want them fighting either.
I just adopted two cavies, and they are my first pair. Lilac (the long -hair), chatters at her cage mate and any human who gets within a foot of the cage. I want to be able to interact with my cavies, but I don't want to stress either of them out. Can anyone give me advice for how to socialize an older male? I've tried hand feeding him treat, but he'll usually snatch the treat from me and hightail it to the nearest hide-away. The times I have finished feeding him a treat, after he's done he'll either run for it, or he'll look for fingers to bite. He's drawn blood twice. I've also sat next to their cage to get them used to me, as well as letting them have the option to come up to me. Yogurt will accept pets now, but if you move an inch towards Lilac he chatters and scurries away. What can I do to make him feel more comfortable?
We had the same issues with ours (including the blood) but over time they have gotten better. Some of that may be from haing to pick them up to give them medication for about a month. They hated it at first and would chatter and scurry off but now they seem to be happier with it.
The best way to catch a reluctant guinea pig we found is with a tunnel or a paper grocery bag or a soft hidey we have. Just make sure you pick them up properly and hold them gently but securely if you do pick them up.
Take a look in the care guide on here as it has a wealth of info on most topics which certainly helped me get up to speed on some of the important stuff.
I've been feeding them oxbow food pellets, as much timothy hay as they can eat, and I give them a leaf of romaine lettuce per day. I also alternate between giving them carrots, and cucumbers as an afternoon treat. I've bookmarked this link (http://www.[removed].com/what-can-guinea-pigs-eat/), for what foods they can have and how often. Every morning I give them an Oxbow natural science vitamin C tablet. Is there more I should be doing nutrition-wise?
If you have a problem or question, dont wait, sometimes things can escalate quickly and there are many knowledgable and experienced people on here who are happy to help and provide advice.
We give ours Oxbow as well, Pellets, Supplements and treats. They also love wheatgrass.
More nuttrion info can be found here
Fleece forests may be a better option than plastic hideys with only one entrance. Or you can make your own hidey out of a plastic step stool that is open on all four sides. Putting a loft in makes an automatic hidey underneath it.
Unless you are seeing problems with their getting enough food (watch them and weigh them weekly), you probably don't have to worry about changing the bowls.
The place I ordered our C&C cage from has ramp coverings available
We use a digital Kitchen scale with a box on it and use the tricks I mentioned above to catch them and pop them in. If you give them a treat after they get more used to it. Make sure the scale is on a flat solid surface and always supervise them while they are on it.
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