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    male and female

    So, I adopted around 1 week ago 2 guinea pigs form a family around my house, I was sure both of them are male, but now i found out that one of the is a female, they are brother and sister. I do not want them to breed but i already saw the male "humping" the female, not sure if its too late or not but what can i do?

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    Re: male and female

    Im in the exact predicament. .. ive had to seperate them, but i think its all to late

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    Re: male and female

    She might be pregnant, she might not be. Keep them separated. Guinea pig pregnancies last about 10 weeks. If there are no babies 10 weeks after the day you separated them, she's not pregnant.

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    Re: male and female

    That is not the thing i'm worried about, if she is then there is nothing to do with it but if she is not what do I do for her to not get pregnant?.

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    Re: male and female

    Kep them seperated or get ur boy neutered when he is old enough

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    Re: male and female

    The only way to prevent the male from mating with her is to either neuter him or keep him where he can't get to her. Keep them in separate cages, and don't let them interact at all even with supervision.

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    Re: male and female

    If she is pregnant you need to separate the male immediately. As if she is pregnant you have no idea how far along and she can get pregnant again within minutes of birthing, the same applies for if she were to miscarry. If she isn't pregnant you need to do the exact same thing, separate the male immediately to prevent pregnancy. Neutering the boar is a more long term solution if you wish to house them together, but even then he still needs to be separate for at least three weeks after surgery (Read http://www.cavyspirit.com/neutering.htm ).

    Also keep in mind male guinea pigs can be surprisingly agile when attempting to get to a sow, they may not look it but they can climb quite well so make sure her cage has a top on it. A male guinea pig can push up a lid and climb out their own cage, but they can't lift a lid to get into a sows cage.

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    Re: male and female

    Ditto @Soecara. Separate immediately, and keep them separated. He can go back three weeks after being neutered.

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    Re: male and female

    and at what age is it ok to neuter him?

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    Re: male and female

    Most vets will do it once he's 4 months old.

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    Re: male and female

    To my eye, it seems like he is sort of trying to force it on her,sort of raping her, they have a hide house and they push it to the middle of th cage and then she is on one side and then he runs to her and she scream or does a sound and runs away or turns to him, is he actuality raping her? and i tried sepertaing them and they both stareted screaming and being sad...

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    Re: male and female

    Why have you not separated them yet??? Pregnancy is extremely hard on the sow because the babies are far developed by the time delivery happens. You're risking losing both your sow and any potential babies by allowing them to mate. Please, please separate them. Wait until you know for sure whether the female pig is pregnant or not, if she's not you can neuter the male and after 3 weeks after the neuter you can put them back together. If she is pregnant you could wait until babies arrive while keeping your fingers crossed she will make it out alive and then you might be able to have one male only cage and one female only cage or you could adopt out either the males or the females and keep a pair of the same gender pigs. Just please separate them, do not put them back together no matter how sad they look, it's not worth losing a pig over.

    http://www.guinealynx.info/breeding.html
    http://www.guinealynx.info/reproduction.html

    You can read about what normal behavior is here:

    http://guinea-pigs.livejournal.com/3002707.html
    http://cavyspirit.com/sociallife.htm
    Last edited by Fay; 07-09-16 at 05:33 pm.

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    Re: male and female

    You can't ascribe human thinking and behavior to cavies! I presume from your comments that you haven't been around animals very much and aren't familiar with their mating habits.

    Animals don't have a part of the brain called the neo-cortex and as such don't have powers of reasoning, discrimination and higher-ordered thinking. They primarily use a part of the brain called the limbic system where things such as rage, lust, anger, memory and what we humans call 'baser instincts" lie. We humans also access the limbic system, but our cortex and rational thinking and behavior generally override it.

    Their behavior is absolutely natural and normal for cavies. Don't project your thinking and emotions onto them. They are just "doing what comes naturally."

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    Re: male and female

    I separated them already, and you say that if i will neuter him after 3 weeks they can live in the same cage with no problems?

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    Re: male and female

    Being able to live together peacefully is a matter of the personalities of the pigs so although it's likely, it's not 100% sure. However, neutering him will 100% prevent him from impregnating her. IF you keep him separate from her for 3 weeks after the surgery. No visits. No play dates. The 3 weeks is how long it takes for the remaining sperm to die off.

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