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    My pigs are bored?!

    Hi I have two guinea pigs. Marah, a half Abby female, just over a year old. And Mukki, a half sheltie just under a year old. They live in a 2x4 c&c with a 1x2 loft. They have tunnels and cuddle cups and tunnel and 3 different hidey huts that I switch in and out of their cage. They have fleece to burrow in and edible and jingle bell balls. But they seem bored. They don't play much and their getting chubby- I do give them floor time weekly and take them out often. What can I do for my girlies?!

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    Maybe add in more toys. One item I recommend getting for ur piggies is a hay mat. They can lay on it and chew it. They have all different types of hay matts. Some cool ones that are available at petsmart have some wooden chews attached to them. Maybe u should also add in a veggie ball. Keeps them occupied for hours. I forget what it's called but the piggies have to try and get the veggies out of it and thers a bell on the bottom. Here are links to the matts and veggie ball

    http://www.petco.com/product/110573/...t=OnSiteSearch

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    Is there any way to give them daily floor time instead of weekly? Also, if you aren't already limit their pellets to 1/8 cup per pig per day, their main food should be hay (Timothy, orchard, bluegrass).

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    Ferb has the veggie ball with the bell Deespiggies just mentioned, I bought it at Petsmart, here's a picture:
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    Yea sorry I couldn't find the link

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    My pigs are bored?!

    Your piggy is adorable

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    Thank you! He's getting a friend soon. I think they were selling it as a hay ball.

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    Np and I will b getting my piggy cooper a friend soon but I'm nervous they won't bond well.. do you think I should get a bonded pair just incase they don't bond well so that the new piggy won't b lonely?

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    I think an already bonded pair may exclude your piggie, especially since you have a male and presumably you'd be adopting more males. How old is Cooper?

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    He's about 9 months

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    So adopting an older male may be a good option. Depending on where you live some rescues or shelters will let you and your piggie have a meet and greet to see if they are compatible.

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    Favorite toys of my piggies are: fleece balls, toilet paper tubes, and those fruit wood chews from the pet store. I hooked a mirror (from a bird toy) to their cage too. Poe plays with it, he likes to look at himself, but Elliott ignores it. I got a cute little stuffed dinosaur (dog toy) today and put that in with them, and it's been completely ignored, except for when one of them stepped on it, because it has that crinkly plastic inside so it sounded like a bag rustling and they both started popcorning, .
    As for bonding males, you really never know, @Deespiggies. The shelter told me Elliott was an aggressive pig and they had to separate him from another one. Well, for one thing they had him in a tiny pet store cage with another fully grown boar (not a cavy savvy shelter), so I knew it wasn't really a good indicator of how he'd do with another pig, but i was nervous as heck all the same. The boys got introduced this past Sunday. They have had some minor squabbles and are still sorting out their dominance but they are really doing very well together, I couldn't be happier!

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    Oh wow congrats on bonding the two piggies! I hope I have good luck too. I'll update you guys tho

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    piggys should have daily floor time if you can manage it. Perhaps when their out give them a box of hay for them to hide in/play in.

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    I do try to give them floortime- I put them in their large playpen and fleece and they just sit there- despite toys and me encouraging them to play, they enjoy the bathroom but they eat the trim and I'm worried that paint isn't good for them.. Also good luck on bonding! Check out my channel if you wanna see how I bonded my girls. Ik males are harder but there are tons of bonded males! Good luck to you also I do have veggie balls I just have to be careful with their Veges as marah has a sensitive tummy. And they do have unlimited timothy hay as well as 1/8 cup of oxbow per pig daily. They also have a little grass Matt that I hung up where marah chews her bars (for attention purposes) and they barely touch it haha. I'll try more floor time it can't hurt thank you so much for all the help!!!!

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    @Deespiggies
    my channel is MaddyandMarah I show my preperatipn my cage building and the introduction if you'd like to see it

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    Thanks I'll check it out now!

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    Re: My pigs are bored?!

    we're here to help.

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    I filmed parts of the boys' introduction this weekend but those clips will likely never see the light of day. I was all nervous I wouldn't shut up throughout, and when they started fighting I threw my phone and you can hear massive amounts of cussing . It's a pretty good clip of two pigs about to go at each other though. If I cut out the sound you wouldn't be able to hear the racket *they* were making, but I just sound like too much of a moron. Lol. #fail

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    Lol is it on YouTube? Whats your channel

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