Pregnant guinea pig- behaviours

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Piggy Mum7

Post   » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:25 pm


Hey guys, I’m new to this forum, I’d just like a bit of help. My guinea pig Bella is pregnant, this is her second litter, she is due any day now. My questions are, she keeps making a deep purring sort of sound. She is eating and drinking heaps like she should 😊 and the babies are still moving and kicking and she is fine apart from that. Could someone please tell me signs that she is close to giving birth please, I do know labour signs though. Also her pelvic bones are about one and a half fingers apart, they have been that way for a couple of days now. Thank you so much for the help in advance!

Piggy Mum7

Post   » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:38 pm


Please I need answer ASAP, thanks! 😊

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PooksiedAnimals
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Post   » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:28 pm


It's a forum - someone will answer when someone knowledgeable reads this. Unfortunately, I have no idea what the purring would be about.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:53 pm


Do you have a vet lined up? Pregnancies are very risky and hard on the female's body. Second pregnancies too. We do not support breeders.
www.guinealynx.info/breeding.html

What labor will look like:
www.guinealynx.info/labor.html

Piggy Mum7

Post   » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:36 pm


Thank you, I have read these over many times. I live in an area where no vets are available. The sound she makes sort of sounds like s birds chirp

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:41 pm


It sounds like birth is imminent.

Piggy Mum7

Post   » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:10 pm


Okay thank you, although she has been doing it for a few days now? I know is should be close. Also her pelvic bones are about one and a half finger widths apart

Piggy Mum7

Post   » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:38 pm


Thank you guys for the help

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:55 am


It may not only be imminent but dangerously overdue.

Piggy Mum7

Post   » Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:43 pm


I know that she is due anytime, I’m not too worried yet about her being overdue. I have a question though. When my other girl gave birth I brought her inside and seperated her from her cagemate a couple of weeks before she gave birth. That birth went extremely well and I even got to watch, thankfully I didn’t need to intervene. I have done the same this time, I’ve brought her inside and away from her cagemate as they were fighting, I’ve heard that a change of environment can cause them to hold on. Could this be the case? I just don’t want her outside as it is getting quite hot and I want to be there, if problems do arise. Although I have to say she fine, she is drinking and eating heaps, as expected with 4 or 5 little ones in there! She is lazy but she still gets around fine if she has to and the babies are still moving and kicking and grinding there teeth.

Piggy Mum7

Post   » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:37 pm


Thank you guys for the help, she is currently giving birth, all babies so far are healthy and Mum is doing a great job ☺️

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lisam

Post   » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:47 pm


We don't have a lot of experience with this, because we don't condone breeding. And it sounds like that's what you do.

But I feel like you would have known that? Also that we don't condone keeping guinea pigs outside.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:10 pm


Big ditto lisam. We do not condone breeding purposely at all and feel leaving guinea pigs outside is not being a responsible pet caretaker.

Piggy Mum7

Post   » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:29 pm


I feel like you really need to know where I am to say that. Wow I’m not coming back here I come for some advice because all I’ve heard is good comments and boom, barely anyone has actually helped me and all I get is criticism. Who said I bred them? Actually I did not intentionally breed her, I’m more responsible than that, so before you say assume how about know the facts?

Cashier1995

Post   » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:58 pm


You didn't recieve a lot of advice because not a lot of us have experience with pregnant guinea pigs, since this is an anti-breeding forum. People are assuming that you are a breeder because this is your guinea pig's second litter. If you're so responsible, why did you let her get pregnant twice by accident?

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:40 pm


As Cashier1995 points out and you can tell by the responses, your introductory post sure sounded like you were breeding guinea pigs. I believe the email that is sent out when you register emphasizes that we support adoption. The front page of the website encourages adoption (LOOKING FOR A PET? Do it the right way and Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig!...Make a difference and adopt!). There are so many homeless guinea pigs that responsible people will seek to adopt.

Piggy Mum7

Post   » Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:34 am


Actually before anyone says anything, maybe I should have stated that I adopted her. She got pregnant when she was young, not in my care. I adopted her about a month ago, and she was pregnant. So no, I did not beeed her, thank you very much. I have currently 11 adopted guinea pigs.

Cashier1995

Post   » Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:27 am


That's great to know! Without knowing that information from the beginning, it's easy for everybody to make their own assumptions. I hope Bella had a successful delivery.

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Post   » Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:38 am


Thanks for letting us know. We do tend to make assumptions about breeding when someone mentions multiple pregnancies. In your case, it was unwarranted, but we do get people who don't realize how dangerous pregnancy and labor can be, and they just plan to let, or actually let, their guinea pigs breed willy-nilly.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:42 pm


Ditto everyone. Glad you actively adopt guinea pigs!

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