Now I am a bit worried...

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:06 am

Normally when I get up I find either Nomo or Moose waiting for me at the top of the ramp. I go into the kitchen, they get really excited and they bounce and popcorn around while I get thier veggies..

This morning however they were both huddled under the ramp in the little covered area I made for them. I got thier veggies and they kinda popcorned..

But after I put the veggies in they ate a bit and then BOLTED under the ramp.

Not even carrots would get em to come out.

I let em sit there and they eventually came out and started eating veggies. But when I went back over they ran as fast as they could back under the ramp.

Its like its back when I first got them all over again 0_0


Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:12 am

I have one pig who behaves like this too. He just recently started letting me ,occasionally, pet him inside the cage. Then yesterday, I couldn't get anywhere close to him. Even when I put their veggies in, he ran and hid from me. I don't know what got into him.

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:12 am

Something may have spooked them during the night.

Any loud sounds? Thunder and lightening? Anything like that?

I've heard others on here describe the same behavior and were never able to figure it out. Maybe they've got some suggestions for you? I would keep a close eye on both of them. You never know what odd behavior could mean.

I hope they're just spooked and realize nothing is wrong and relax soon.

Another thought, maybe they got into a little scuffle and are still shook up about it? Have you thoroughly checked both over for injuries?

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:19 am

Thanks for the tip about injuries. I just hope they are spooked.

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:29 am

Well, no injuries, and now they are out and being normal after I picked each up and checked em...

Maybe they were just spooked. I will keep an eye on em (more so then I usually do)

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:15 am

Are you near where the earthquake was? Animals are more sensitive to these natural disasters.

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:18 am

I live in Florida. I wasnt even aware there was a quake.

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:19 am

Oh, it was in Illinois. I was not sure where you lived. Maybe they heard a strange noise during the night?


Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:34 am

Somebody else here had the same thing happen and someone suggested that maybe they saw another rodent (the wild kind) or a big spider/bug type creature. I know that would scare me.

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:35 am

Stomphoof, perhaps one of those ginormous flying roaches or man-eating grasshoppers you have down there scared them during the night. They scare me when I'm down there visiting my brother, yikes.

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:48 am

It must be such a relief that Nomo and Moose are acting normally again! They are such cute boys. :)

Since Ginny's vision has been deteriorating (cataracts), I have noticed that even unusual shadows moving can spook her quite easily.

Her cagemate is very tuned into Ginny's reactions, and becomes spooked as well.

Occasionally, they will avoid the part of the cage where they became "spooked" for quite a while. Once I discovered that it was a cuddle cup - they wouldn't go near it, no matter what. When I removed the cuddle cup and replaced it with a clean one, they were fine.

My best guess is that sometimes, the "spooked pig" will leave a scent behind (perhaps of fear?), to alert the others that there is something dangerous to be avoided in "this spot".

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:01 pm

Yeah, spooking happens. It's distressing and strange.

I have one pig who spooks once or twice a year. Won't go in one end of the cage. Reaches out towards it, extending his body, but shaking and terrified, then scrambles back into the house. And he's not even our scaredy-pig.

It's not the same corner that scares him each time, and we have never found any obvious reason. He gets over it in a couple days, but it's worrisome to watch.

I wonder if hay pokes or something convince them one area or object is a pig-eater.

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:04 pm

These two were so scared that carrots wouldnt even entice em.

But as I said, they seemed ok again after I picked each one up and checked em out. Maybe my snuggling helped make em feel safe :P

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:14 pm

It was a pretty big quake and it was felt by people as far south as Atlanta. I wouldn't be surprised if there were some vague vibrations farther south that wouldn't be felt by people but might be picked up by animals on the ground. I'm glad they're back to normal.

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Post   » Sat Apr 19, 2008 12:27 pm

What a relief your guys are ok. Guess sometimes they do get spooked and it's like chirping-who know why! ;-)


Post   » Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:48 pm

Stomphoof, perhaps one of those ginormous flying roaches or man-eating grasshoppers you have down there scared them during the night.

Or maybe one of those Mad Scientists operating a lah-bora-toree in central Florida had this escape?


I'm glad your pair are feeling good again and all is well in Pigtopia

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Post   » Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:14 pm

Did you drop something? I droped 3 cookie sheets in the kitchen. All 9 pigs were acting like there was a TRex in the house looking for lunch and if they moved it would see 'em! They got over it after a day or so.

ETA: The other thing that freaks us out around here is weather changes. I think they learned this from Lois. She runs and hides in the darkest place she can when a front comes through- she's absolutely terrified. The pigs pick up on that usually and act all scared for a day.

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Post   » Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:33 pm

Not that I am aware Fey. In fact, they were acting fine when I went to bed the night before.

Its ok though, they are being their usual goofy selves.

This morning Nomo actually climbed on TOP of the Yohoo box I put in the cage for them to play with 0_0 That was funny.

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Post   » Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:56 pm

Guinea Pigs sometimes 'zone-out,' they may look alert with their eyes wide open. But if you surprise them out of this state they will spook, when one spooks the others react to that. It's kind of like having someone walk up softly behind you and speak, when you didn't realize they were there. Once they're in spook mode it can take a little while to calm down again.

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Post   » Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:37 pm

Two of my girls, Cookie and Nilla, got super spooked by me this morning. I had already set their veggies down and left to feed the three in my room, when I came back to start the ritual morning poop sweep and cuddle cup dump, I just so happened to lift my coffee cup up and take a drink just as I entered into their line of sight---bad thing apparently--as Cookie and Nilla ran for the hills (actually ran for cover under the loft). Nilla was back to the plates fairly quickly but Cookie was a bit more wary that the coffee drinking monster might return.

Silly girls; now me without my morning coffee WOULD be something to be afraid of.

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