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    Star Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    I have 4 guinea pigs (Isabelle, pepper, Willow and Juniper.)

    We tried bonding them all together in a room Isabelle and pepper have been in.... (I was not thinking that day..)

    That was about 2 months ago.

    Ideas for bond them?

    Feel free to ask question's!!

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    It doesn't matter if they've been in a certain room before, it's about scent etc. For example, if you put down a sheet/towel/whatever for them to run on, make sure it's freshly washed. No hideys either for first time bonding. Any toys, dishes etc should either be new, or again, freshly washed. Multiple piles of favourite veggies serve as distractions. You can also go down the buddy bath route if this doesn't work.

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    When I bonded mine I put them in a playpen with a fresh laundered towel with hay, food, hooked a water bottle to it, and some veggies and left them in for the day (with me in the same room of course) and things went wonderfully. Like Princess_piggy said if that doesn't work a buddy bath should be the next step.

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    Thanks guys! What is the buddy bath?

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    A buddy bath is when you give them all a bath together so they can bond over the horrible experience together. I had to do that with my males. To say the least it worked!

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    In addition to that, you're also removing all their scents at once, and they coming out all smelling neutral.

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    So they all get together now? @Princess_Piggie

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    and @Amanda Branch

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    If you do the neutral territory introduction again after 24 hours and they get on okay, then you can let them live together.

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    Okay, Can you explain what the steps are? Tips?


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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    I explained how to do it in post #2. If things are going well after a few hours, put them in the cage with some more piles of veggies.

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    Since I have 4 GPs they all have a buddy and if the buddy bath does not work will they recognize there original buddy's?

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    Sorry if I am asking to many question's @Princess_Piggie @Amanda Branch I am just really nervous I don't want any of my pigs to get hurt like last time....

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    Re: Best way to bond 4 guinea pigs?

    @GuineaPigParty, there's absolutely no guarantee that the original pair(s) will live together peaceably after you try to introduce them all. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. It's one reason why seasoned guinea pig owners are often reluctant to upset the apple cart if it's not necessary (such as when they have two pairs and one pig dies, leaving them with a loner they'd like to try to bond with the remaining pair).

    Read www.cavyspirit.com/sociallife.htm -- the introductions section is about halfway down. Also read http://guinea-pigs.livejournal.com/3002707.html. But if you don't have a cage large enough for four pigs, it's an exercise in futility -- they'll always squabble. Click on the Main tab at the top of this page for recommended cage sizes, and remember that bigger is always better.

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