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spanknoid
05-19-15, 02:55 pm
Hey all. We are new members to the guinea pig family. This is our first family pet although my daughter suggests it is her pet. We purchased our new family member at the local pet smart. They were very nice to my daughter and I. We purchased a male that had long black hair with some brown mixed in. We named him BedHead because he looks like my daughter when she wakes up...hair standing up all over the place. He is estimated to be around 4 months old. We have had him for a week. He is very good when we hold him and the kids love to hear the purring and squeaking sounds when he is being petted. When in his cage, he is almost always under his hideout. He also is using the same area to sleep and go to the bathroom. This is causing some serious issues as we don't know how to bathe him. Any suggestions are welcomed to help keep the sleeping area away from the bathroom.

Kelsie
05-19-15, 03:23 pm
Let me first welcome you to the forum. Bedhead sounds adorable. I'm sorry to tell you that you probably won't be able to keep him from pooping where he sleeps. That's just what most pigs do. I have pigloos in my four oldest pig's cages. They have always had them and I just didn't have the heart to take them away. What I did was purchase loft liners from an Etsy source and I keep them under the pigloos. I usually take them out twice daily and shake them outside. If they are too wet I just change them.

However for my two youngest pig's cage I just purchased a Cozy Cottage and under that I also use loft liners. I do the same cleaning procedure as for my other four pigs. I have three cages altogether with two female pigs in each cage.

Since Bedhead is so young my suggestion would be to take out the hidey and either replace it with a fleece forest or even a plastic step stool. They do need somewhere to hide but the plastic pigloos just aren't that great.

As far as BedHead staying in his hidey that is pretty normal in the beginning. He's unsure of his new surroundings. Are you planning to get him a companion? Once they have a friend most pigs really come out of their shells and you really see their personalities.
If you are able to get him a male friend it would be the best thing for him. As much as our guinea pigs love us they really crave being around another one of their own kind.

I have never given any of my pigs a bath so I'm sorry that I can't help you there.

Once again welcome and please ask feel free to post any questions that you might have. There is always someone on this forum who will be more than happy to help you.

spanknoid
05-19-15, 03:29 pm
Thank you for the quick reply. If you don't bathe your pig, what do I use to wipe down a long haired pig to keep him clean? As for a cage mate, we are not sure as we have been told both great and not so great stories about 2 or more pigs. One of my good friends had 2 and one kept attacking the other. I would hate to have my two kids, 9 and 6, witness that with their first pet(s). Thoughts?

Kelsie
05-19-15, 03:56 pm
All of my pigs have always been shorthairs so I never had to deal with a long-haired pig. However I have read that some of our members with long-hairs just give them a butt bath. That seems to keep the rear area clean. I know that a few of our members use Gorgeous Guineas shampoo for their pigs. I think there are quite a few members who do bathe their pigs frequently. Hopefully someone will chime in and give you more advice on bathing.

As far as introducing another pig. You have to do a proper quarantine and then a proper introduction before you put two pigs together. On this site you will find a thread on how to do both things correctly. I have always had female pigs and they seem to be a little easier to pair up together. But many many members have boars and they live together with no problems. There is always the dominance issue but most pigs work that out and live in harmony together.

Just do your homework and don't let others frightened you about getting BedHead a friend. I'm sure that you will be able to handle any minor problems that may arise. I also forgot to add that for two males you need to have a large enough cage. Many of the problems that people have with fighting pigs is caused by having them in too small of a cage.

I commend you for taking the time to get all the necessary information before you bring in a second pig. Best of luck with BedHead. I think he has gotten a great new home.

mdodge
05-19-15, 07:08 pm
Hello n welcome. theirs an abundance of information you can find on this site plus great advice as well.I would suggest looking at the front page of this site for cage size info also since you got him from a pet smart I'm guessing they might not of given you good nutritional advice. I would suggest looking on the diet and nutrition of the site theirs a great veggie chart to go by.if I may ask what are you feeding your little guy.and also for future and hoping you may never have to use it but look around and make sure your local vet has an exotic vet some one who primarily deals with small animals. anyway welcome and good luck with your new fur baby.

Soecara
05-19-15, 07:11 pm
For my long hairs I keep the fur on their stomach and rears trimmed short, along with trimming off any fur that is touching the ground when they walk. I use scissors so I normally use a pair sharp enough to cut hair but too blunt to cut skin if I were to mess up (which has only happened once but the bluntness of the scissors meant I only pinched his skin). I also have to be very careful and aware of where their nipples are (which is easier said then done for some long hairs).

Most of my long hairs are used to this routine now and don't wiggle at all any more but at one point the butt trimming was a two person job. I almost never have to give my long hairs butt baths because with their fur trimmed they almost never need one.

Rummy
05-19-15, 09:57 pm
Welcome! Your BedHead sounds adorable. I have found innumerable resources and useful information here so try using the search. I've spent hours looking at old posts that answered a lot of questions i was having. One thing I would look for is do make sure he is a boy especially if you are getting him a companion. I don't know if petsmart has a history but many pet stores can improperly sex guinea pigs and lead to problems. (happened to me). Other than that patience and good food will go a long way in warming him up. Food bribery has definitely made my girls open up and be out of their hideys more.

spanknoid
05-26-15, 07:59 am
So things have been getting a lot more exciting. We have been feeding BedHead oxbow essentials pellets for young guinea pigs and timothy hay. We have also been introducing a myriad of greens, vegetables and some fruit. He seems to really like the romaine lettuce, cucumbers, carrots and apples the best. He has also been gaining weight. We are still trying to figure out all the sounds and what they mean. We have hears sample sounds from other sites and tried to compare them to BedHead. Overall, he seems content. One new thing that started happening when we bring him his "tossed salad" of food, he will eat, then stamper and make some cute noises and rut about then eat some more, jump around, stamper about etc. My daughter thought he was having a seizure at first but she now calls it his "happy dance" as he only does this when his salad arrives. I guess it is just his personality coming through. He has not been aggressive at all and has not bit anyone thus far. I was afraid of the kids handling him improperly but everything seems to be going ok. I tried to post a pic a while back but I don't think it saved. I'll try again.

spanknoid
05-26-15, 08:03 am
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CavyMama
05-26-15, 08:03 am
He also is using the same area to sleep and go to the bathroom. This is causing some serious issues as we don't know how to bathe him. Any suggestions are welcomed to help keep the sleeping area away from the bathroom.

Most store cages are too small which leads to pigs having to eat, sleep and poop in the same area. Have you considered C&C cages? Much more room for guinea pigs, easier to clean, a lot less smelly (because of the size) and pigs are not forced to eat, sleep and poop in the same area.

mdodge
05-26-15, 08:10 am
He's adorable sounds like your doing things right.the happy dance as you called it sounds like he's popcorning which means he's happy and content. just watch the amt of fruits because of high sugar content. look under diet n nutrition.

spanknoid
05-26-15, 08:13 am
Our cage is 2 feet by 4 feet with a large attached play pen that opens up that he can crawl up and down into. We are pretty happy with the size of the cage. Actually, now that he his getting used to us, he seems to be pooping in other areas of the cage besides his hidey.

spanknoid
05-26-15, 08:17 am
He's adorable sounds like your doing things right.the happy dance as you called it sounds like he's popcorning which means he's happy and content. just watch the amt of fruits because of high sugar content. look under diet n nutrition.

We cut up a sliver of apple a day as a treat. I found a Guinea Pig food pyramid we are learning from. Thanks for the tip. He hasn't taken to oranges yet as another friend told me to do to get his vitamin C. Any other fruits to try?

bpatters
05-26-15, 08:21 am
He can't get enough vitamin C from oranges to do him any good without way overloading him on sugar. GPs are not engineered to be able to process sugar, and you can induce a potentially fatal bacterial imbalance in the digestive tract if you overdo sugar. Bell peppers are a much better source of vitamin C for him.

See http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/22156-READ-ME-Cavy-Nutrition-Charts-amp-Poisonous-Plants-List for what you can feed and how often.

PopAndFizz
05-26-15, 08:22 am
Welcome To The Site, Cute Guinea Pig!

spanknoid
05-26-15, 08:25 am
He can't get enough vitamin C from oranges to do him any good without way overloading him on sugar. GPs are not engineered to be able to process sugar, and you can induce a potentially fatal bacterial imbalance in the digestive tract if you overdo sugar. Bell peppers are a much better source of vitamin C for him.

See http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/threads/22156-READ-ME-Cavy-Nutrition-Charts-amp-Poisonous-Plants-List for what you can feed and how often.

Thanks for the info.

Popcorn321
05-26-15, 07:26 pm
Thank you for the quick reply. If you don't bathe your pig, what do I use to wipe down a long haired pig to keep him clean? As for a cage mate, we are not sure as we have been told both great and not so great stories about 2 or more pigs. One of my good friends had 2 and one kept attacking the other. I would hate to have my two kids, 9 and 6, witness that with their first pet(s). Thoughts?

I had to bond one of my femlaes many times, and you were right for some of it; they do fight but not in a gruesome or scary way. they only really fight when you first introduce them, that's when they establish dominance, maybe you can do it when your kids aren't home but if you can't don't worry because it's only a bit of nipping and some chirping sounds RARELY does blood ever draw. In the long run, having 2 guinea pigs is reallyyyy good, because you can sense that their happier, and the relationhip they build is really cute! They will only "attack" each other (although it's really usually harmless nipping accompanied with dominance establishing ) , if they aren't bonding, or they are still establishing whose the domnant pig...