How to begin choosing a new companion?

marlenes mom

Post   » Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:19 pm


We would like to adopt a friend for our almost 3yo guinea pig, Amy. I would prefer to get an older pig around her age. I know that it could be tricky to find a friend with whom she will get along. Is it better to look for a female or male (neutered of course) friend or doe it just depend on the pig?

Amy is pretty docile, Marlene was the bossier of the two.

Thanks.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:28 pm


It definitely depends on the guinea pig. Do you have any rescues in your area? They would be likely to know what kind of disposition their guinea pigs had and might have an older guinea pig.

marlenes mom

Post   » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:33 am


I have found one place, but right now they only have young males and I don't think they've been neutered. I've emailed them but I'm going to give them a call tomorrow. I've called some shelters too, none have pigs.

There's a great rescue place 3 hrs away in Asheville, NC that has a lot of pigs in foster homes, so we could set up a trip to meet some, but I just didn't want to put Amy through that if possible. I'm worried that a long drive and a "meet and greet" would be too stressful for her? I also don't know when we'd be able to do the trip with the holidays coming up. She seems to be doing okay, not losing weight but she just looks so lonely in that big cage. :-(

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Post   » Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:39 am


If you have a veterinarian, you could let him/her know you are looking for an older guinea pig (female or neutered male).

Ashville is a great place to visit! Wishing you luck.

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:02 am


Three hours isn't too long for a pig. I took one of mine on a six hour drive to meet and friend, and with traffic, it turned into ten hours. She survived better than I did!

marlenes mom

Post   » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:18 am


Thanks guys!

I'll call around here to rescues this week and if there's not a good match, I might make the trip with Amy. :-)

marlenes mom

Post   » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:03 pm


After a neighborhood email asking about rescue organizations, a family contacted me about rehoming their pig so that she isn't alone. She is 4 yo and her cage mate passed away 8 months ago. The only strange thing is that the owner wasn't sure that "she" was actually a "she"? Isn't that a little strange? How can I confirm??

I think we are gonna go over and visit (without Amy first) soon, though now I'm starting to panic with guilt along with worry about going through what we just went through....

bpatters
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Post   » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:25 pm


Take your pig with you. Two of you each hold a pig, turn them over, and compare their private parts.

A normal male guinea pig has very pronounced testicles. Even one with small testicles should look markedly different than a sow.

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:54 pm


Look over this page too and check the links to more advice:
www.guinealynx.info/sexing.html

bpatters idea of comparing the two pigs is a great idea.

marlenes mom

Post   » Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:03 am


Thanks for the link! That is helpful. I thought we might see testicles on a four year old!

Good idea, I think I'll take Amy and compare. Thanks guys. :-)

marlenes mom

Post   » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:39 pm


Okay, going over to meet the pig tomorrow. She said I could bring Amy, should we let them actually meet?

Also, quarantine? She's been in a private home her whole life (solo pig for 8 months), do you think it's necessary?

bpatters
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Post   » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:48 pm


No, I wouldn't let them meet. If they're going to, it needs to be at a time when they can spend several hours together working out their dominance issues. Here's a good article on introductions: http://guinea-pigs.livejournal.com/3002707.html.

And I wouldn't quarantine under those circumstances.

marlenes mom

Post   » Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:51 pm


Okay, that's good advice.

Thanks for all the help!

marlenes mom

Post   » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:22 pm


So we went to visit the guinea pig, she was so sweet. She seemed scared, not really been held much and was shaking. She was a good weight, not skinny. She was in a smallllll cage by herself with barely any bedding just the hard plastic bottom, so I know she'll be happier in our 4x2 (soon to be 5x2) C&C with nice girly fleece. :-) Her nails were so long they were curling under. :-( Any suggestions on cutting them when they are that long?

My son wanted to bring her home right away, but I need to be able to be at home to do introductions as you guys suggested and watch them, so I told her we'd be coming on Saturday to get her.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:27 pm


Get some cat nail scissors. If you can get the kind that are closed in all way around, and not open like regular scissors, it makes it easier to avoid cutting something you shouldn't. Here's the link with two spaces in it, one after htt and one after amazon. It won't post it otherwise. You'll have to copy and paste.

htt ps://www.amazon .com/JW-Pet-Company-Deluxe-Trimmer/dp/B000OWYOUQ/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1513121206&sr=8-5&keywords=cat+nail+clippers

Lynx, can you figure out why the board won't let you paste a link?
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marlenes mom

Post   » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:30 pm


Thanks, I have those for Amy and Marlene. I just didn't know if the "quick" of her nail would be longer b/c her nails are so long?

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mmeadow
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Post   » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:15 pm


The quick of the nail does extend further into a longer nail. If you are concerned, clip just the tips, and repeat weekly. The quick will recede over time and allow you to cut the nails shorter. It's not a big deal if you do draw blood. When I've gone too far (many times) they don't seem to hold a grudge. Back in the cage with a treat and they immediately forget.

bpatters
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Post   » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:17 pm


Yes, and you can use flour to stop the bleeding.

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:29 pm


bpatters, the software treats amazon links weird. I sometimes use code tags around them for copy and pasting.

The code tags are these without the spaces: [ c ] stuff in between [ / c] to give this:

I do not know if this is the link but tried:
https://www.amazon.com/JW-Pet-Company-Deluxe-Trimmer/dp/B000OWYOUQ

Read this over too:
www.guinealynx.info/nails.html

marlenes mom

Post   » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:36 am


Thanks!!

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