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Behavior Vibrating O_o

MitzyBoo.

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I got my 2 boys yesterday (i'll get a picture up when the internet stops refusing it xD)


Once i get them or one out while im holding them they'll...vibrate i suppose is the easiest way to describe it. Whenever i stroke them or talk to them. They both do it and both done it when i put them in their cage for the first time but now only do it when im holding them.

I didnt know if this was a warning from them or a sign theyre scared or dont like being touched. I dont want to keep picking them up if its hurting/scaring them nor do i want to not pick them up at all because they wont get used to me.

Neither of them go to run off when we're holding them...just sit on my chest or my lap fine...just vibrate haha. They've both sat and ate their veggies on our laps aswell. Just rather confused haha.

Also another quick question, i know it possibly takes ages for them to settle but how long do you reckon and if its a good idea to be getting them out frequently to hold and have 'floor time'?

thankyous :)
 
Do keep picking them up -- you'll never tame them otherwise.

And they're not the only animals who vibrate. Ever held a purring cat?

I'd assume that if they're not actively trying to get out of your lap, they're not unhappy.

Settling down is a matter of gender, age, cage size, and the individual pigs. Nobody can really tell you what will happen, except that if you have two adolescent boars at the same time, you're likely to have cage drama. You should be safe when they're 18-24 months old, but it might be sooner, later, or never.

Floor time at least once a day is good. Holding is good, especially if you're feeding them treats (don't read that as treats bought at the pet store, but rather herbs and veggies out of your fridge).
 
In my experience, guinea pigs will 'vibrate' when they are scared. I think that regular holding and petting should get them more used to you, and they will stop doing that. I'll let someone more experienced help you about floor time, I have only had hand-raised guinea pigs who haven't taken long to settle in. :)
 
One of my pigs vibrates too but only when shes really nervous, like when someone she doesnt know is holding her, she usually stops after a few minutes
 
My eldest guinea pig tends to rumble and vibrate when I pet him a certain way. He almost sounds like a helicopter at full speed. :D However, with him, he does it a sign of joy and happiness. The only sign my guinea pigs have shown when they are uncomfortable, upset, or mad is teeth chattering. Maybe it all depends on the guinea pig. Picking up them up often helps a lot though. I hope this helps.
 
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