2 guineapigs dead, 1 still living, will it die?

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laura605

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:11 pm


A cat got to two of my guineapigs last night and now the one left is all alone, i heard somewhere that when both a guineapig's mates die then it will die in a month or so, is this true and even if i do get new mates for it, will it still die?
I already lost two and don't want to lose the other one.

Talishan
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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:20 pm


"i heard somewhere that when both a guineapig's mates die then it will die in a month or so,"

Not even remotely true. Rubbish.

Look into same-sex mates (or fixed opposite sex) for the pig in question. Make sure you 1) give the lone pig extra attention, care, and love in the meantime; 2) weigh him or her regularly to make sure he or she is holding weight; supplemental feed if not and 3) make absolutely sure, of course, the cat can't get to the remaining pig and/or any new mates you secure.

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laura605

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:25 pm


Thankyou, and one more thing, should I get him mates asap or wait a week? At the moment he's very tentative jumping at any noise he hears.

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GuineaPinny

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:28 pm


I'm very sorry for your loss. Have you been able to secure the cage against the cat, or was it damaged in anyway? If that were an issue in any way I would fix that as first concern.

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Mum
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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:37 pm


Ditto on the above.

But weigh your guinea pig frequently so you can monitor him for any signs of illness.

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:50 pm


Ditto Talishan. You want to make extra precautions against the cat too.

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 6:51 pm


Are your guinea pigs still housed outdoors? Was this an outdoor cat?

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laura605

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:06 pm


The cage wasn't broken but they have a open pen to run around in, around the cage and i think that's where the cat got them but I'm going to make sure the one left over will be kept in it's cage tonight, no open pen.

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Yes, my guineapigs are housed outdoors and the cat was relevantley new to the area and housed outdoors, my dad dosn't allow me to keep them inside.
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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:08 pm


Read gl/alone.html The guinea pig must still be very frightened. If your pig is not eating, you absolutely must hand feed.

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:08 pm


If your guinea pig is still housed outdoors, I wouldn't get anymore guinea pigs until you have a safer situation.

Your poor remaining guy is probably traumatized by what happened. You should bring him inside. He is likely more scared by all the different noises and just the slightest hint of another predator.

edit: even though your guinea pigs were just killed because they were forced to live outside?

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GuineaPinny

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:16 pm


I agree with sus. I don't think getting new guinea pigs is a good idea because they might be able to go to homes where they could live indoors, and in the meantime maybe you could be extra attentive to your remaining pig, and possibly bring him inside.

I say possibly because I don't know your circumstances, but if you want this one to live he should be brought indoors. If you are unable to bring him indoors don't get more pigs that might be killed outdoors.

If you are able to be very attentive to your pig he might be okay without mates. Lynx provided some really good links and suggestions. It will be important to monitor him whether he is alone or with new guinea pigs regardless, and I imagine that would be easiest to do if he were indoors near the family.

(Sorry if your guinea pig is a girl, I wasn't sure).

Sorry again for your loss.

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PinkRufus
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Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:47 pm


I'm so sorry you lost your pigs that way. Maybe you can persuade your Dad to let your remaining pig come indoors so it won't happen again.

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laura605

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:48 pm


I'm going to the pet store soon to buy some more bedding and food, hopefully that'll cheer him up and if i do manage to get him indoors, wouldn't the sudden scenery change effect him? e.g. the different atmosphere.

klynne

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:53 pm


Laura605, can you get the surviving pig a good thorough vet check?

My concern is a cat bite that may have broken the skin. That would be very tough to find, if it's just a puncture or two--and cat's mouths are notoriously full of deadly bacteria.

In fact, most small animals killed by cats are not immediately killed but rather die later due to the infection.

I'm sorry for your loss, sorry you are having difficulty getting the adults in your family to understand the need for him to live indoors safely, and hope you can get him to a vet soon.

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lisam

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:12 pm


I'm sorry for the loss of the two pigs, it must have been a horrible terrifying death for them.

I suggest you either find a way to keep the remaining pig indoors, or find him a new home. Perhaps some day when you live on your own you can adopt a pair and keep them indoors.

klynne

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:15 pm


Oh, and you didn't mention this, but just in case, as I know emotions must be high--please don't take any revenge on the cat. It was just doing what loose cats do, when their owners do not keep them safely home.

The pigs were not protected properly, sadly, and the cat wasn't either, with tragic results for the pigs. I hope the cat fares better.

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sef1268

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:07 pm


Ugh. Are you in the UK? This is just another tragic example of what happens when guinea pigs aren't housed properly. I agree with the other members who suggest you wait until you can keep your guinea pig safely indoors before you even consider getting another.

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sus4rabbitsnpigs

Post   » Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:07 pm


Change in scenery shouldn't be an issue. It may take his mind off what happened.

Give him lots of attention and good food.

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