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    Tips for an Easily Stressed Guinea Pig

    I adopted 2 new ladies (both about 1 year old) from a rescue back in Nov. They were both very bright, social, eating and drinking well; according to the rescue, the agouti (Bea) was outgoing and the white one (Winnie) was shy. At the rescue, they both came to the front of the cage for scratches and treats.

    Got them home, and I don't think either came out for 2 weeks. It took 3 weeks for Bea to come out and another week for her to start eating treats. Both dropped 100 grams during this time. Winnie has become the dominant one, and poor Bea has taken to hiding behind the hay rack constantly. Both were greeting me at the front of the cage and wheeking for their morning snack, afternoon snack, and evening veggies. We moved them into our guest room 2 weeks ago where it is quieter (we are renovating our house and have barking dogs). Bea was shy for a day or two, but still came out to greet me.

    We had a house guest this past weekend stay in the guest room. On the day she left, Bea stopped eating, was fluffed, and had crusty eyes. Did some x-rays which were not exciting (I am a vet). Started handfeeding, gave Reglan, doxy, metacam on Sunday night- she got diarrhea so stopped doxy and Reglan. The last two days, she will pick here and there at hay, pellets, and veggies, drink well, and move about the cage. Her weight is stable. Today, she took her morning Vit. C treat and ate 2 bites, took her treat this afternoon and ate two bites- very similar to her behavior to week 4 with me. I've stopped hand feeding because she gets so stressed and scared.

    Lap time/bonding time is tricky- because, again home renovations, our guest room has no way to lock and the dogs barge in scaring the pigs. They get plenty of scritches in the cage, though and I talk to them often. Both are quite happy to see me; Winnie is a giant ham. When Bea is feeling well, she was giving licks and climbing my arm- neither are startled by me.

    Am I crazy for thinking this episode of stasis was triggered by stress? What can I do to prevent it or help make her a "braver" pig?

    My only other thought is that her teeth are bothering her (only thing I can't check)- she does eat slower than Winnie, but it doesn't explain why she stops eating altogether and slowly begins eating again on her own. The whole goal was for me to have "healthy" guinea pigs I wouldn't have to nurse after losing my two senior pigs suddenly a week apart in Sept. from cancer and pneumonia, and having to aggressively care for them.

    (Forgot I had a thread started when they first arrived- whoops!)
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    Re: Tips for an Easily Stressed Guinea Pig

    https://petcentral.chewy.com/guinea-pig-stress-signs/

    This article is pretty helpful, I hope that you'll be able to get some tips from it.

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