One of my two guinea pigs, Banoffee, died suddenly yesterday. She was eating, running around and snoozing in her hammock as usual yesterday. In the evening I went to give them both a fuss and Toffee ran out from their hidey place to greet me but there was no sign of Banoffee. I thought she was just being shy so I lifted the hidey roof and stroked her. She was cold and rock-hard. Her little eye was open and her back leg was stretched out, she was on her side. She looked like she normally looks when she relaxes but she was dead.. It was completely unexpected, a shock.
Do you guys have any idea how she could have died like this? She was just over 3 years old and showed no signs of sickness.
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(Posted at the same time as C. Cole-Chatokay, same info.)
You will want to give Toffee extra attention. 2 reasons- 1) watch carefully for the slightest sign of illness, it can be so very subtle. Something caused her mate to die and since you don't' know what it was be very careful for a while. Maybe weigh her each day and watch how much she eats/drinks/poops peas etc.
2) Guinea pigs can and do get depressed due to the loss of a cage mate - give Toffey extra time and love, extra treats whatever she likes but especially time with you, Depressions can cause then to not eat properly, and as you know they are so fragile. The slightest differences can cause problems. Again I am so sorry you lost her
I've been giving Toffee extra strokes and cuddles, I can't really tell how she feels though. She's eating ok but seems to be retreating a bit more than usual. I'm not sure how much she's drank over the last 24hrs so I'm going to keep an eye on that now.