Fellow guinea pig owners…advice needed please!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m a pretty new pig owner, so I don’t have any suggestions, but I bet the people here can help you.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

try to scoop her up rather than pick. Small animals can be fearful of anything coming at them that resembles a large birds claw/tallon. 

I have a rabbit like this. She’s horrible to get out of her habitat, once she’s in your lap she’s fine.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@BelleriverBride:  You’re right, I didn’t even think about how I pick my boys up, but I definitely scoop from the side while saying ‘I’m going to pick you up’ so they both see and hear me coming. Coming from above definitely freaks them out.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FromA2B2013:  I usually pick my guys up from a corner when they’re facing me (they like to sit in their corner litter boxes) or out from under their houses. I usually don’t pet them first because Zuko just runs away when you try to pet him, I just scoop under their bellies in one quick motion before they can run. I got my guys when they were around 6 months and have had them for about 3 months now. Half the time when I pick them up they just lay there and look at me until I pick them up. They’ve gotten really used to being handled, but in the first couple of weeks they would run quite a bit before we could catch them. Hopefully if you keep picking her up she will get used to being handled. I think I read somewhere that some pigs just don’t like being picked up and do better when you pick up an object that they are in. Have you tried a cuddle cup?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Eckle:  +1 agreed.

Some never get used to it. You could try a small dry washcloth to cover her head just before scooping. Before she even knows it she’ll be in your arms. We have to remember with guinea pig they are a natural pray animal that have a flight instinct. they aren’t fighters they are fleaer’s (SP?) just like a lemming. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I don’t know much about guinea pigs (okay, fine, anything) but I clicked this thread hoping to see some pet pictures. Ladies, where are the piggie pictures?!

 

@Eckle:  

@BelleriverBride:  

@FromA2B2013:  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsPanda99:  Zuko is brown Kronk is white and brown.

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Eckle:  Aw! They are cute. I have always thought they were cute but I am afraid to pick them up in case they bite me. A rabbit bit me before and that was enough trauma, lol.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
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@MrsPanda99:  Kronk is a love, but Zuko’s nickname is face biter, yes he bites me on the face. We’re working on the idea that I am not for biting. He hasn’t drawn blood with his teeth, but he apparently thinks I need another piercing in my ear, or chin, or nose. I’m working on teaching him No! by bopping him on the head when he bites me. I also have to teach Kronk to stop eating my hair, he will eat anything given half a chance. They do bite, but it’s just like getting a hard pinch. They also snuggle up under my chin and purr which goes a long way towards making up for being bit.

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