edit: Also if Peanut is on any meds, it might make him smell different to Bullwinkle which will upset him.
Peanut has been on meds (for 3 weeks) but our last dose was last night. The area under his chin is kind of sticky and I'm sure he does smell a little different (we've been feeding him critical care too), but it's been that way for a little while. I'm having a hard time cleaning Peanut's chin as he constantly pushes me away and bites whatever I try to clean him with (he just refuses to let me wipe him off). I want to give him a bath to clean him up, but I don't want to do that until he's 100%. I'd hate to make him worse.
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Daquerie and Ashley are both 'people pigs', they love attention. Whenever we pick up, or even pet any other pigs, they will run over and chut at the other pig. They will beg and and sometimes try to push the other pig away so we are petting them instead.
After we put the other pig back, they will assert their dominance, with rumble strutting and humping.
Also, If we go away for a long day (or, God forbid, leave them overnight at the daycare), they will get angry and shun us. It takes about a day for them to forget.
Maybe I'll try to give Bullwinkle some undivided lap time today, which I haven't been doing (he rumbles if you pet him anywhere but his head and chin and chest!), as well as some floor time. Their floor time has been cut short lately too because Peanut gets exhausted and we don't want him getting stressed since he's still getting better.
Pigs are almost impossible to figure out, and I think boys are the worst. And adolescence makes everyone crazy!!
This too shall pass. . .
We finally did the partner bath and that worked. I'm not sure if it was jealousy, or the healthy one now wanted to be the alpha, but it was certainly stressful!
- And got the T-shirt
And can't you move them out of your bedroom?
It involves a inch or so of water in the bottom of the kitchen sink (in my case) then putting both piggies in together and getting them all lathered up and rinsed off together. You can then dry them off with the hair dryer together too. It's supposed to scare them a bit, but united against a common enemy, the idea is that they bond.
I've got some shampoo that's specifically for guinea pigs, I'm not sure if kitten shampoo is suitable for pigs, maybe someone else could give you more advise in that department?
I also cleaned and scrubbed the space they were going to occupy, so it didn't smell of either of them.
I was a skeptic initially since I'd had no success in getting Chive to cohabit with anyone (he's a really tetchy pig), and had tried all sorts, but he's been happily living with Lentil ever since his buddy bath.
Hope it works out and you get some sleep!!
pig party, thanks for the info. I may try that and hope for the best. Peanut needs a bath anyway considering his fur is kind of gross under his chin from the medicine and hand feedings.
Some piggies can learn to,like a bath, if you're really patient and slow. Others never will. But a buddy bath is really meant to stress them into bonding. It's not a bad thing - it's just a way to achieve an end that will be better for them in the long run.