Thank you for any advice given.
- And got the T-shirt
A 3x3 would be fine for two pigs, and maybe three, depending on personality.
Pet store employees have no training in the care of animals -- they're the last people I'd ask for advice.
@WICharlie yes, I've tried twice to pair him with a male. The first one I picked out and did gradual intro, he didn't take too kindly every time they were paired.
The second one I took him with me and tried a few with him (separately) until there was one he got on with so took them both home, gradual intro in neutral territory all went great but as soon as I put new piggy in Gingers cage it all went pear-shaped.
Did i do anything wrong with these? Always willing to learn any other ways before going through with any op!
The reason I asked the store is because this member of staff said she'd owned a fair few pets including guinea pigs, so thought she was knowledgeable. She said he's too old so it'd be too stressful for him?
This first attempt sounds like he was put together and taken apart and put together again. As you read through the intro information, you will find that this often sabotages an intro instead of leading to a success. It takes a long period of time to do an intro in a neutral area. So this wasn't a true test as to whether your pig will get along with another male. ALSO, the cage needs thoroughly cleaned and rearranged before the two are put into it (so it seems like a new cage for both pigs). If that wasn't done for the second attempt (and they were put together and separated repeatedly), then that wasn't a good situation either. I hate to see a pig undergo surgery for a neuter when it may still be possible to pair him with another male if it is done properly. Is there a guinea pig rescue near you? They could be a huge help.
Started the quarantine, but he didn't eat or drink at all. So the next day after food and water went untouched for over 24 hours, under the guidance of another well known forum (with people who'd been through the same situation of having depressed pigs), I sat down with them in my bathroom.
In just over an hour, they were both happily sat munching next to each other! Since then, they've been very happy with each other.
I'm keeping a very close eye on them both but it seems to be a success. Right now, they're both snuggled up in one pigloo. Hopefully, it's going to continue.