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    Letting blind female with male?

    Hi everyone,
    I have two guinea pigs at the moment, one male and one female. However, the female pig we believe to be half (or even fully) blind, as one of her eyes are cloudy and she has some trouble getting around. Whenever the two get close, they start squeaking at each other (especially the male). Now, taking into consideration that the male is a lot bigger, and a little aggressive, would it be a good idea to let the pair live in the same cage?
    I mean, would the female get hurt?
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    Re: Letting blind female with male?

    Being hurt should be the least of your worries. She would get pregnant. Please don't put them together. There are far too many unwanted piggies already.

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    Re: Letting blind female with male?

    Like @MLT2007 said, if they're both intact, they shouldn't live together because the female will get pregnant. If one is fixed, then the pairing could work. I've heard of many blind pigs that benefit from living with a sighted pig.

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    Re: Letting blind female with male?

    Really? alright, so let's assume that I prevent the case of pregnancy. Would it be okay for the two pigs to live together?

    The reason for my concern is, every time I let them get close to each other, the male (Dog) will chase the female (Snowy). So if I had Dog fixed, would this still happen?

    I don't want Snowy to get hurt... she is pretty shy and Dog is really aggressive.

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    Re: Letting blind female with male?

    If you've been letting them together (even with supervision) there is a chance she is already pregnant. Depending on how old she is, it could be very dangerous for her to have a baby.

    You could have your male neutered and they could like together, but if your male is aggressive I don't know why you are considering risking it.

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    Re: Letting blind female with male?

    No, she is definitely not pregnant. We only let them see each other sometimes, but never let them touch. I guess we will continue letting them live separately then..

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    Re: Letting blind female with male?

    A male can impregnate a female in less than three seconds, so if you allow them together, she could get pregnant while you're sneezing and you wouldn't be able to stop it.

    Guinea pig pregnancies are very hard on both the sows and the pups, with high death rates for both. Please do NOT let them be together unless you have him neutered, and then you need to wait 3-4 weeks until all the sperm are gone before you allow them together. And while neutering will prevent any pregnancy, it will not keep him from mounting her.

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    Re: Letting blind female with male?

    My girl Delta was born blind & deaf, she has had many buddies over the past year and her current buddy is a de-sexed male. He puts up with her bumping into him every now and then. They are good buddies.

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    Re: Letting blind female with male?

    I am a little surprised it wouldn't occur to you that the female could get pregnant if the male isn't neutered. Why does the male chase the female when you let them together? Because he intends to get her pregnant. You can't "prevent the case of pregnancy" unless one of your pigs is fixed. If one is fixed, then they could live together like other guinea pig pairs.

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