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    Is she pregnant?

    My mom said that we are not going to the vet so I need help. I got two guinea pigs (girls for sure) 2 weeks ago and they were mixed up in the pet store with boys so thereís a chance she can be pregnant. Sheís little (like 2-4 months old) and Iím new with guinea pigs. So hereís why I think sheís pregnant: 1) she doesnít like to be picked up (the other one already used to it) 2) she eats and drinks A LOT MORE then the other one 3) sheís not moving that much but last few days she was running so idk 4)my other guinea pig always smells her but (I heard somewhere it could be) and my other guinea pig dominates a lot




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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    She doesnít show any signs of illness that you said sheís perfectly fine and yesterday and today she was really energetic. Thank you so much for explaining it all Iím hoping sheís not pregnant but I feel like thereís 60% chance that she is.


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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    She doesn't look it, but if you can't take her to the vet when necessary, then maybe you shouldn't have a pet just yet.

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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    Quote Originally Posted by mummytomyboys View Post
    She doesn't look it, but if you can't take her to the vet when necessary, then maybe you shouldn't have a pet just yet.

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    But I donít have extra 100 dollars to spend on vets that just gonna scan her and if sheís not pregnant itís just money on the wind (and we bought these gp with our savings (350$) bc I really wanted them. Itís not my fault that sheís pregnant but pet store were I bought them. I asked here before doing anything else bc idk for sure and then if needed Iíll go to the vets. So donít come at me knowing nothing ab the situation.


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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kelsie View Post
    From these pictures she doesn't look pregnant to me but if she was with males it very possible that she is.

    To address your questions: 1. She doesn't like to be picked up - It's possible that she is more shy than her cagemate and may need more time to feel comfortable
    2. She eats and drinks more than her cagemate - that can be a sign of pregnancy but it could also be normal.
    3. She's not moving much in the past few days - that might be a little concerning. Is she showing any signs of illness such as sneezing, coughing or runny eyes or nose? Keep a close eye on her and please contact a
    veterinarian if you suspect that she might be sick. They can go downhill in a very short time.
    4. My other guinea pig always smells her - My pigs smell each other a lot. that's not usually a big concern unless one of them has an infection, such as a urinary tract infection or possibly one of them is in heat.
    5. My other pigs dominates her - that is normal with most pigs. One of them is the dominate one and one is often the passive one. They will usually work out who is going to be the head of the house. The problem
    start when one decides that she is going to fight for dominance. I don't think you see that in females as much as males. Most girls will get along nicely. Of course, there is always the exception.

    She's a cute little pig and I really hope she isn't pregnant. I'm not sure how to post a link about pregnancy but I'm sure someone else will come on and give you that link. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions. Everyone on this forum is so helpful. Please keep us posted on how she is doing.
    Sheís getting bigger and fatter. I was checking her weight every few days and she gained 100 grams in 10 days. Is that normal?


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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    Here's a page on guinea pig weight. https://www.guinealynx.info/weigh.html

    The weight gain depends on how old she is. They tend to gain weight really fast when they're brand new pups, and older piggies tend to gain weight slowly over time. She looks young but doesn't appear to be a brand new baby, so I'd say that 100 gram gain in a little over a week is definitely something to watch out for. It could be fine and she's finally used to the new living arrangements at your house and starting to eat more because it's less stressful than being in the pet store, or it could be that she's pregnant.

    You might read online that you can feel the pups in their belly. This is true if you know what you're doing, but if you're not careful, it can harm the babies or the mom. If you think she's pregnant, I would recommend not handling her that much other than during the weekly health checks just to be cautious. I hope she's not pregnant! Good luck being a new guinea pig mom!

    I had two girls that were pregnant last year. One of them was pregnant with 5 pups and looked like a balloon, the other one only had 1 baby and didn't show at all, unfortunately, neither of them had a happy ending. Here are pictures of my girls for reference. This was about time to pop for both of them.

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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    There's no point in taking her to a vet unless you suspect there's something wrong.

    She may be pregnant, she may not be. If you wait long enough, you'll know for sure. That link I gave you listed some ways you can definitely know if they're pregnant, and at about what time those signs appear.

    The main thing she needs because she may be pregnant is the same thing she needs because she's a young pig -- good quality hay and pellets, and a cup or so of fresh veggies every day.

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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    Quote Originally Posted by furrytaters View Post
    Here's a page on guinea pig weight. https://www.guinealynx.info/weigh.html

    The weight gain depends on how old she is. They tend to gain weight really fast when they're brand new pups, and older piggies tend to gain weight slowly over time. She looks young but doesn't appear to be a brand new baby, so I'd say that 100 gram gain in a little over a week is definitely something to watch out for. It could be fine and she's finally used to the new living arrangements at your house and starting to eat more because it's less stressful than being in the pet store, or it could be that she's pregnant.

    You might read online that you can feel the pups in their belly. This is true if you know what you're doing, but if you're not careful, it can harm the babies or the mom. If you think she's pregnant, I would recommend not handling her that much other than during the weekly health checks just to be cautious. I hope she's not pregnant! Good luck being a new guinea pig mom!

    I had two girls that were pregnant last year. One of them was pregnant with 5 pups and looked like a balloon, the other one only had 1 baby and didn't show at all, unfortunately, neither of them had a happy ending. Here are pictures of my girls for reference. This was about time to pop for both of them.

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    What about nipples (when cats or dogs are pregnant theyíre getting bigger and you can feel them without any trying) is that the same with guinea pigs? Bc the kinda popping but how do they look like she they are not pregnant?


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    Is she pregnant?

    Quote Originally Posted by furrytaters View Post
    Here's a page on guinea pig weight. https://www.guinealynx.info/weigh.html

    The weight gain depends on how old she is. They tend to gain weight really fast when they're brand new pups, and older piggies tend to gain weight slowly over time. She looks young but doesn't appear to be a brand new baby, so I'd say that 100 gram gain in a little over a week is definitely something to watch out for. It could be fine and she's finally used to the new living arrangements at your house and starting to eat more because it's less stressful than being in the pet store, or it could be that she's pregnant.

    You might read online that you can feel the pups in their belly. This is true if you know what you're doing, but if you're not careful, it can harm the babies or the mom. If you think she's pregnant, I would recommend not handling her that much other than during the weekly health checks just to be cautious. I hope she's not pregnant! Good luck being a new guinea pig mom!

    I had two girls that were pregnant last year. One of them was pregnant with 5 pups and looked like a balloon, the other one only had 1 baby and didn't show at all, unfortunately, neither of them had a happy ending. Here are pictures of my girls for reference. This was about time to pop for both of them.

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    Thatís how she looks now and her weight went from 20 April - 520 g to 1 may - 674 g

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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    There's no point in taking her to a vet unless you suspect there's something wrong.

    She may be pregnant, she may not be. If you wait long enough, you'll know for sure. That link I gave you listed some ways you can definitely know if they're pregnant, and at about what time those signs appear.

    The main thing she needs because she may be pregnant is the same thing she needs because she's a young pig -- good quality hay and pellets, and a cup or so of fresh veggies every day.
    Sorry can you answer idk if youíve seen what I replied but can you check?


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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    She may be pregnant. It's possible she's not.

    My question is, why do you have to know right now? Nothing will change about her care, she doesn't need to see a vet unless she has problems, and if you're a little patient, you'll soon know for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    She may be pregnant. It's possible she's not.

    My question is, why do you have to know right now? Nothing will change about her care, she doesn't need to see a vet unless she has problems, and if you're a little patient, you'll soon know for sure.
    I just need to know bc I donít want to hurt her by accident or if I need to pick her up only for a reason and not to play with her. Idk I just donít want to messed up like I did with my bunny and I really want to be a great owner. And also Iím stubborn so if I want to know something I need to know it no matter what


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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    Well, you don't actually NEED to know. You just WANT to know.

    If she's pregnant, she will eventually get so large that you shouldn't pick her up. That's usually a week or so before delivery. If you have to pick her up before then, you should do so the same way you would if she weren't pregnant -- one hand underneath supporting her whole torso, another on top to keep her from jumping.

    If you want to be a great owner, read the links found in here: https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum...nea-pig-owners.

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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    She may be pregnant. It's possible she's not.

    My question is, why do you have to know right now? Nothing will change about her care, she doesn't need to see a vet unless she has problems, and if you're a little patient, you'll soon know for sure.
    Just a little update here. I have to guinea pigs Amelia (in the picture) and Tamika they both are definitely pregnant. I separated them bc they were fighting and biting each other. Is that bc of the pregnancy or bc they donít like each other?


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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    It may be neither. How large is the cage?

    Your pictures above look like a pet store cage, which is definitely not large enough for two sows, and WAY too small for two sows and pups. The pups will get their ears eaten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    It may be neither. How large is the cage?

    Your pictures above look like a pet store cage, which is definitely not large enough for two sows, and WAY too small for two sows and pups. The pups will get their ears eaten.
    It is a pet store cage but I made it in to c&c cage but I canít buy a normal c&c cage bc where are I live thereís no that kind of cages so I need to order it from eBay and I have one more pet store cage that is opened and they can get in there whenever they want


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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    If you can't get a C&C cage, the midwest habitat is also a good option. They're sold at petco, petsmart, chewy.com, amazon, etc...
    It comes with a divider, which could be used to separate the two girls if they continue to misbehave, or you could keep one in the old cage and one in the midwest habitat. With the divider though, both halves are a little smaller than you'd want for just one guinea pig.

    I'd say based on your pictures, it looks like there might be something going on. However, without going to a vet to get xrays, nothing can be said for certain. Since you said that a vet trip is not an option, I'd listen to bpatters who always gives very sound advice on this forum.

    They're young, so you should be giving them extra calcium in the form of parsley or a little bit of alfalfa hay and that would really be the only extra thing that would be recommended for pregnant guinea pigs. Maybe give parsley a couple times a week if you can. It's usually very inexpensive at the grocery store, less than $1 for a bunch that would provide a few servings. Other than that, they're pretty self sufficient and their care doesn't change until the last couple of weeks before giving birth. If they're pregnant, then you'll definitely know by that point and probably be able to see the babies kicking. At that point, just be sure not to handle them a lot because it's potentially (but unlikely) harmful to the babies and the mamas could be mildly uncomfortable as they get close to giving birth.

    All that being said, I want to reiterate that we can't say for sure without an xray, but I wouldn't worry too much about the '"what if's" and just focus on enjoying your new guineas. If they're pregnant, you'll know soon enough.

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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    Quote Originally Posted by furrytaters View Post
    If you can't get a C&C cage, the midwest habitat is also a good option. They're sold at petco, petsmart, chewy.com, amazon, etc...
    It comes with a divider, which could be used to separate the two girls if they continue to misbehave, or you could keep one in the old cage and one in the midwest habitat. With the divider though, both halves are a little smaller than you'd want for just one guinea pig.

    I'd say based on your pictures, it looks like there might be something going on. However, without going to a vet to get xrays, nothing can be said for certain. Since you said that a vet trip is not an option, I'd listen to bpatters who always gives very sound advice on this forum.

    They're young, so you should be giving them extra calcium in the form of parsley or a little bit of alfalfa hay and that would really be the only extra thing that would be recommended for pregnant guinea pigs. Maybe give parsley a couple times a week if you can. It's usually very inexpensive at the grocery store, less than $1 for a bunch that would provide a few servings. Other than that, they're pretty self sufficient and their care doesn't change until the last couple of weeks before giving birth. If they're pregnant, then you'll definitely know by that point and probably be able to see the babies kicking. At that point, just be sure not to handle them a lot because it's potentially (but unlikely) harmful to the babies and the mamas could be mildly uncomfortable as they get close to giving birth.

    All that being said, I want to reiterate that we can't say for sure without an xray, but I wouldn't worry too much about the '"what if's" and just focus on enjoying your new guineas. If they're pregnant, you'll know soon enough.
    Thank you so much for this information and yes I can already feel babies kicking and thatís so weird too feel but so adorable at the same time


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    Re: Is she pregnant?

    Quote Originally Posted by K4tr1n4 View Post
    Thank you so much for this information and yes I can already feel babies kicking and thatís so weird too feel but so adorable at the same time


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    Of course! Good luck!

    I know it's tempting and even the rescue I worked with said that they tend to more or less obsess over and stalk the mamas before they give birth, but if she already doesn't like being picked up then I would try to give her space so she doesn't get unnecessarily stressed. Good luck and I hope you have good news to share in a few weeks

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