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    Hey guinea pig owners!
    I have a problem: I have 2 guinea pigs. They used to get along because my guinea pig had been a baby and the older boy was like a dad to the him. But, as they grew older, they started to fight. We finally decided to seperate them because it came to the point where blood was drawn and we saw a scab on the older one.
    We kept them seperated for a long time, probably a few months, then we decided to re-introduce them a bunch of times and each time we tried, they either jumped at each other or both kept teeth chattering.
    Then, a few days ago, we decided to re-introduce them and... IT WORKED! The younger guinea pig is the boss of them. But, there is still something going on. They are always teeth chattering or rumble-strutting once they get near each other in the cage.
    Maybe the cage is too small? Maybe they need to get fixed? I have no idea, do you guys?

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    Re: Can guinea pigs show TOO much dominance?

    Quote Originally Posted by winniethepooh View Post
    Hey guinea pig owners!
    I have a problem: I have 2 guinea pigs. They used to get along because my guinea pig had been a baby and the older boy was like a dad to the him. But, as they grew older, they started to fight. We finally decided to seperate them because it came to the point where blood was drawn and we saw a scab on the older one.
    We kept them seperated for a long time, probably a few months, then we decided to re-introduce them a bunch of times and each time we tried, they either jumped at each other or both kept teeth chattering.
    Then, a few days ago, we decided to re-introduce them and... IT WORKED! The younger guinea pig is the boss of them. But, there is still something going on. They are always teeth chattering or rumble-strutting once they get near each other in the cage.
    Maybe the cage is too small? Maybe they need to get fixed? I have no idea, do you guys?
    How old are the guinea pigs and what are the dimensions of the cage?

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    Re: Can guinea pigs show TOO much dominance?

    Quote Originally Posted by winniethepooh View Post
    Hey guinea pig owners!
    I have a problem: I have 2 guinea pigs. They used to get along because my guinea pig had been a baby and the older boy was like a dad to the him. But, as they grew older, they started to fight. We finally decided to seperate them because it came to the point where blood was drawn and we saw a scab on the older one.
    We kept them seperated for a long time, probably a few months, then we decided to re-introduce them a bunch of times and each time we tried, they either jumped at each other or both kept teeth chattering.
    Then, a few days ago, we decided to re-introduce them and... IT WORKED! The younger guinea pig is the boss of them. But, there is still something going on. They are always teeth chattering or rumble-strutting once they get near each other in the cage.
    Maybe the cage is too small? Maybe they need to get fixed? I have no idea, do you guys?
    Also, here is an article on guinea pig bonding basics: https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/...bonding-basics

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    Re: Can guinea pigs show TOO much dominance?

    They are 1 year apart from each other, Jake (older one): 2 years old Winnie (younger): 1 year. The cage is 20 in x 40 in

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    Re: Can guinea pigs show TOO much dominance?

    The cage isn't large enough for one pig, much less two, still less two boars. You need at least 12-13 square feet for two boars, you've got less than six.

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    Re: Can guinea pigs show TOO much dominance?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    The cage isn't large enough for one pig, much less two, still less two boars. You need at least 12-13 square feet for two boars, you've got less than six.
    Okay, thank you.

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