But regarding our skittish Piglet, she used to run and hide whenever we got close. In fact, it´s taken 3 months to get her to stay still whenever we reach into the cage. How did we do that? By staying next to the cage and rustling bags and wheeking along with her so she associated us with food... and hand-feeding her little bits of lettuce, one piece at a time... and slowly training her to allow us to pet her while we fed her.
Think food. It´s the way to a guinea pig´s heart.
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I wonder if your son smells good to her. Pigs have been known to nibble people wearing perfume, or lotion, or if they´ve just handled food. They also go through an adolecent phase where nibbling is common.
I have one pig, Fido, that has never liked being held. He´s tolerant now (after 6 months) but still not crazy about it. I have to let him walk free on my lap or chest or I get a head-butt. When he settles down I can pet him gently. If I try to rustle his fur, scratch him, or do anything "playful," he bites. I think it´s out of fear. He´s still not sure what to think of me.
Spot on the other hand loves to be held and when I´m playful with him he squeeks and snuggles.
We can´t hand-feed Piglet because we would get our hands torn off - been there, done that - and we did used to do that all the time when we first got her. She is very, very aggresive. I know Piglet is weird...something really got screwed up for her, before I had her. Poor thing. I guess I just wish I could pick her up without removing every single house from the cage!
BabyNoo is very skitterish. She is getting better already though -for instance usually running only once and then sitting still while I pet her or take her from the cage. I´ve done lots of JUST petting in the cage though so I think she just doesn´t know if I´m only going to pet her that time or pick her up. LOL I do have to take her "house" (which for right now is a wide pvc pipe) to be able to do so though- or else she would for SURE run hide in there- always does. She also seems to try to bite me when I´m picking her up but she´s small and it´s easy to make sure I´m holding her in a position where she can´t bite me- she´s fine once in my lap though (except for hiding her face or trying to- everytime I comb her or pet her.) I´ve only had her a week though- I hope she gets better about it.
I hope your cavy stops biting.... I wouldn´t know what to do if I had a cavy that bit my child all the time. And I´m sure he´s devastated as any child would be if a pet bit them over and over. I hope it stops soon!
It seems to be the younger animals that do the biting. It must be a "baby" thing they go through.
My son still loves them both, he loves play time with them on the floor. I hoping as the girls get older they will be a little more calmer and mellow as I know he would just love to sit and have them stay in his lap for a snuggle. Right now they are too curious and want to keep moving all the time. Thanks for all the input.
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I think Erin is making them. They are basically a large rectangle of lined polar fleece. Picure a large fleece pocket. Very comfy..........