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Lisaj84
03-27-19, 04:09 am
Hi Iím Lisa and I bought two guinea pigs about a month ago. Both are girls called Polly & Daisy. I got them from my local pet shop and there 2years old. Polly has settled in very well and quickly while daisy has taken a it linger but finally eats out my hand and enjoys snuggles. They have both recently started to growl all day & night long at each other. Iíve noticed daisy is trying to mount Polly which then causes snapping and growling. Also Polly will pinch Daisyís food from her mouth which again causes the growling. Wondering if this is just normal behaviour and I should leave alone or if itís something I should be worried about ??

Guinea Pig Papa
03-27-19, 04:25 am
Totally normal behaviour.

The only things you really need to worry about are bloodshed, or one bullies the other to the point where they cannot eat.

In all honesty, your girls sound just like my two boys, and I know for a fact that they love each other to bits.

Lisaj84
03-27-19, 04:50 am
Totally normal behaviour.

The only things you really need to worry about are bloodshed, or one bullies the other to the point where they cannot eat.

In all honesty, your girls sound just like my two boys, and I know for a fact that they love each other to bits.

Aww thank you for replying. So glad to hear that this seems normal as I was getting quite worried incase it was something more. So I should just leave them and not intervene

Guinea Pig Papa
03-27-19, 04:59 am
Absolutely. They're not hurting each other, and more than likely are just playing.

Lisaj84
03-27-19, 05:49 am
Thatís good to know there alright. Thanks again for your help. New the having guinea pigs and just wanted to make sure they were good. Thank you

Soecara
03-27-19, 06:42 am
The growling sound is probably rumbling or rumble strutting. Very normal sound they will make in general and towards other guinea pigs for a number of reasons. Sounds like your girls are getting along quite well, and they are solving their own small disputes in the way good guinea pig pairings normally do.

As they are both sows it is possible you may also begin to notice they might get more moody towards each other for a day or two on a repeated cycle. Some sows can get a bit hormonal while in heat, and each sow will go into heat once every roughly 2 weeks on her own cycle pattern, this can cause them to pester their cage mate. This doesn't happen to all sows but it certainly isn't all that uncommon either.

bpatters
03-27-19, 07:51 am
I hope you've turned them both over and compared their private parts to make sure they're the same sex. I would never take a pet stop's word for the sex of a guinea pig.

Lisaj84
06-14-19, 12:08 am
I hope you've turned them both over and compared their private parts to make sure they're the same sex. I would never take a pet stop's word for the sex of a guinea pig.

Yes thank you I have checked them both and are both girls. They have settled in great now. Still have there little growls, which itís mainly the one pig that growls but get in really well. I have noticed the pet shops tend to give different advise and care than actual guinea pig owners. Sry for late reply my internet has been down for ages