- Supporting my GL Habit
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Also make sure something is breaking up the lines of sight in the cage. Out of sight, out of mind. You can use fleece forests or suitably placed boxes, to give her a little privacy.
Also, how large is the cage? And did you clean it thoroughly before you put them in it, so that it smells nothing like either pig?
I'll put up more hidey-holes. The cage is 3x3 C&C, so it should be big enough for both of them. I did clean it first, rinsed off with clean bedding, but it has been his cage for a long time. Should I clean it more thoroughly with vinegar or something? I will try the bath too. I don't usually bathe anyone unless they are stinky, but this seems like it might work.
Archie used to do this to his last cagemate, sometimes go crazy (maybe every couple of months, like something misfired in his tiny rodent brain), and I would take him out overnight so she could get a break (she was old with a bad leg) and he could calm down, but until they are settled in I think separating them over and over would just exacerbate the issue. Both of his previous girls died and I know he would be much happier with company.
Thank you for any advice! All of my fosters are old or have chronic health problems, or both; basically the unadoptibles. I try to make their lives as nice as possible, even if they end up being short.
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I'd also leave them in the neutral area a lot longer. My rule of thumb is to wait until everybody is tired enough to take a nap before putting them back in the cage.
Poor Archie who wants a girl so bad, and doesn't have the brain power to realize he could already have one if he just chilled out. He lost Ren the same day he got another horrible golf ball abscess in January. He's had a few hard months. I'd really like to resolve this. Thanks!
- I usually recommend to people that have a grieving pig after another has died, that they change everything in the pigs life around. New cage setup, new cage location, new feeding times, feeding places, floor areas, floor times, everything. That way, everything is different, and so the pig will be focusing on all the new things that are different, and not just on the one thing that is missing.
- You might consider putting the cage in a higher traffic area like the kitchen so he gets more attention. Some guinea pigs may find comfort in having a plush animal companion in the cage