I'm new here. I used to have three guinea pigs, but one recently died of old age. My two remaining guinea pigs are separate. One is a bully; I've tried introducing them before, but it's never had good results. As a matter of fact, the bully has broken out of his cage just to harass the other, so there's no chance that they'll be bonding.
My other guinea pig, Molasses, is 6 years old. He's fairly healthy. He and my late guinea pig lived together their whole lives. At first, after his brother died, he was subdued. Now he's back to his normal self. Timid but sweet. The only real difference is that he stays out longer at floor time. But I'm wondering if I should get him a new companion. I know that guinea pigs are happiest in pairs. But I'm also concerned that, since he spent his whole life with Coconut (my old guinea pig), a new companion wouldn't be ideal for him. He wouldn't hurt the new guinea pig; he's too docile for that. But it's always possible that he just wouldn't like the new situation. However, I also don't want him to be lonely. I don't know how he'd be with other guinea pigs, but he very clearly loved living with Coconut.
Do you think that I should try to find him a new companion and, if so, how long should I wait?
Since another guinea pig can be heard and seen, he should not currently be as lonely as it would be if he was the only guinea pig in the house.
- Supporter 2016-2019
We were in same boat when Jan left us last year. At the time her and her sister Joy were nearly six. We gave her time to mourn, whilst we tried to do the same. Then after Christmas we started putting out feelers, in mean time we gave Joy loads of cuddles and love. Made sure she could see and smell other piggies.
We weighed her weekly and watched her closely. We even put a stuffed animal in her pen. Then in February we got Jay who was 4 weeks old. Two weeks quarantine and we started introductions.
At first Joy attacked Jay but we persisted until all went well or that's what we thought. Jay got hormonal and terrorised Joy to the point we had to separate them again. Then we found out Joy was blind, so now she lives alone but can smell 3 other piggies. She gets loads of cuddles and love!Weighed and watched closely!
Molasses is six, a young piggy may terrorise him when hormones kick in. And being six, at some point the new piggy will be alone. I would suggest either a stuff toy or see if a rescue has a piggy around the same age, hopefully at six hormones have gone out the window.
Put his cage in a high traffic area, talk to him as much as possible. Loads of love, cuddles, weigh regularly, and watch him closely. You will know if he is unhappy or lonely.
RIP Wee Coconut. Run free and popcorn in paradise. Forever young and perfect health. You were loved and will be sadly missed. Sending big hugs to you and Molasses.
Keep in mind that pairing boars can be tricky and you could wind up with another single piggie. My two paired boys are brothers and have been together since birth and they still have their arguments. It's never anything serious and usually ends as quickly as it starts. They are still pretty young at just about a year old. A senior is more susceptible to injury from fighting and may have a tougher time overcoming it. Another guinea pig in a separate and close by cage might be enough too. It is for my two unpaired boars.
- Supporter 2016-2019
Intro's went well till Jay started to get hormones and Jay wouldn't leave any one alone, NOT even us! Then we found out Joy was blind so she is now alone but can smell Jaffa, Jill and Jay with out being harassed by whipper snappers!
Am hoping things continue to go well. Picture of bubs please! Still sending hugs your way and kisses for Pellegrino!