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lizzyc

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Hi everyone! We are new piggie owners. only had ours since october so about 5 months. We got Starella first and she came from a small pet store with her family. but after we got her she seemed sad and quiet.. so we started to google a bit and added another for her as a friend named Ewok..when we got him they told us he was a girl..but..hes a boy. they are also two different kids. and short hair and abyssinian. after we researched we saw they shouldnt be housed together.. now we have a problem because they dont want to be apart when we seperate them.we are learning all we can about them and so i felt finally that i should reach out to other owners for advice..it seems piggy owners are fanactical and just love their pets as much as dog and cats owners do.. and i know why! i adore our babies so much and spend all the time i can with them each. they are so different in their own personalities jsut like my kids... i hope to learn alot so dont hole back on advice!! <img src="https://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.png" alt="" title="Smile" smilieid="1" class="inlineimg" border="0">
 
If the male and female were housed together for ANY length of time, it is extremely likely that she is pregnant. Definitely make sure to keep them separated from now on! How long has it been since you housed them together? Pregnancy is usually difficult to detect until the babies are well on their way...It's definitely not the end of the world if she is pregnant, but we can deal with that if the need arises. For now, just make sure they have absolutely no more contact, no matter how much they whine for each other. Since they seem to be very attached to each other (and to you), the best thing you could do is get an excellent exotics vet with experience to neuter the male so that they can stay together. I'm not sure where you live, but prices for this procedure can vary immensely (maybe $50-$400, huge difference!) so it's worth it to call around. With a neuter (or any operation for that matter), there ARE risks, but they are relatively low with a competent and experienced vet. If you choose to consider having this done, cavyspirit has an excellent page on neutering (Guinea Pig Neutering, How to Neuter your Guinea Pigs). It's definitely your decision to make (not mine :)), so you can read about it and discuss your options. You could also perhaps take him to a guinea pig rescue and get a female instead. Alternatively, you could "foster" him while trying to find him a new home (put ads on CL and on Guinea Pig Zone). Just make sure you call it "adoption" rather than "sale" and ask for a small rehoming fee so that people know you are concerned with finding a good home for him. Ok - so you have several options. Good luck and definitely ask more ??s if/when they arise. I'm sure somebody on here would be glad to assist!!
 
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