View Full Version : Hello, we just lost a guinea pig and his brother is lonely

08-05-13, 04:38 am
My eleven year old son George has had two guinea pigs for a little over a year, Oscar and Joe. He loves them so much. He takes them out everyday, lets them hang on his bed with them, snuggles with them on the couch. On Saturday morning I woke up to screaming "He's dead, he's dead!", I ran up stairs and George had a slightly rigored Oscar in his hand. It was a very tragic morning he is very upset. Oscar had never been sick and was always very active talking to us when he heard us in the hall. So now Oscar's brother Joe seems very lonely and lost(Oscar was kind of the leader), is it possible to pair another guinea pig with Joe? Some points of reference we have another guinea pig we recently adopted Nubbly, he is kept in a separate cage as both had been agressive to him before ( we believe he is blind). We tried again yesterday to socialize them together and they began fighting. Please help, how can we socialize Joe to accept a new friend? Thank you.

08-05-13, 04:54 am
Welcome to the forum @KidFrank (http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/member.php?u=28835) !

Guinea pigs are prey animals, so they are very good at hiding their symptoms, by the time you notice something (if you notice anything at all) it may be too late. That's why it's recommended to weigh pigs regularly, as weight loss can be the first sign of an illness.

For introductions, you will need to have a neutral area where neither of the pigs has been before. If one pig has been there before, he'll think that it's his territory and attack the other pig for being in it. Read this: http://www.cavyspirit.com/sociallife.htm (scroll down to the intros part)
Only introduce them once, if you keep separating them and putting them together again they will have to start all over again each time. Only separate if blood is drawn or one pig is being chased away from food to the point that it can't eat.

If intros go well, the cage will need to be thoroughly cleaned so no scent remains. How big is the cage? Boars will generally need more space to get on well together, I think the recommended minimum is 2x5.

Oh, and before you start intros, make sure Nubbly is a boy! http://www.cavyspirit.com/sexing.htm

08-05-13, 05:02 am
Thank you so much Goldie!

08-05-13, 09:17 am
Here's another good thread on introductions: http://guinea-pigs.livejournal.com/3002707.html

08-05-13, 09:25 am
If you are anywhere near Indiana, I have a couple male pigs up for adoption as well if your other pig just doesn't get along with him, one of mine might.

Good luck with introductions!

08-05-13, 10:08 am
Thank you, that was very helpful. What a great group of people on this site!

08-05-13, 10:10 am
We are not near Indiana, we are in New Hampshire but thanks for the offer Lasinalia. We usually adopt from a farm up the road and they have a three month old that we are going to adopt. Thanks again!

08-05-13, 10:20 am
Good!! I wish I had a local place...nearest one is over 2 hrs away...