Our new piggie!

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Our new piggie!

Post by Jo » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00



Today we decided to take the plunge and get C***te the guinea pig from
the animal shelter. She is a funny mix of colours, white, cream and a sort
of mottled browny grey. We held her at the shelter and she seemed fine there
so we took her home. We carefully introduced C***te (now named Phoebe) to
Laura by placing them on a rug and letting them sniff and suss out each
other. It was really sweet to watch them sniffing under each other's chins
and butts but then it started to get a bit too much for them and Laura was
sniffing a bit *too* hard and even snapping at Phoebe. She is ruffling her
fur up and making a kind of rumbleing, growling noise when Phoebe comes near
her and she sneaks up behind her and nips her on the backside, after which P
runs of into a corner to hide. I think Laura might be a bit miffed that P
has invaded her teritory or something and I'm worried that they might have a
serious brawl if I leave them alone for too long. My parents say we should
put them in the same hutch tonight, otherwise we'll always be separateing
them and they'll never have the chance to get along.
Have you any ideas as to what I could do to encourage them to get along? We
definately won't take P back to the shelter because it wouldn't be fair
(plus she is such a cutie!), but I don't want to make her even more nervous
and panicky than she already is.
Thanx in advance for any help,
Jo :)
 
 
 

Our new piggie!

Post by mari.. » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00


Congrats with your new piggie!!  =0)

Well, I guess I would do as your parents said. It's normal for them to
qurrel a little, it's only to find out who the boss is. Though they
quarrel, they'd rather be together than being alone. Good luck!

Marit and her Oinkers

 
 
 

Our new piggie!

Post by Renee B. Kro » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00


I think that it's great that you brought the piggie home from the shelter.
 However, I wouldn't force the issue and make the two of them stay in the
same cage at first, especially if they are still wary of each other and
may hurt each other. Also, the newcomer IS invading Laura's space, she
will need time to get to know her new friend.  When our Sugar died we got
a new friend for Cocoa, but Cocoa didn't want her in HER cage. We still
keep them in cages side by side, so they can talk to each other and they
love floor time together, but this prevented alot of fights (Nothing
serious just nipping etc...)  Cocoa had a slight eye discharge a one point
a few weeks ago and we had to move her cage away from Peanuts for a few
days...poor Cocoa was so upset to not be able to see her buddies (Peanut
now shares her cage with one of her children), so anyway, the interaction
will be great for Laura, but I wouldn't force the new piggie on her, she
may never totally accept her if you do. --
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Our new piggie!

Post by Sandr » Mon, 16 Nov 1998 04:00:00


When we introduce a new animal to the cage, we always thoroughly clean
the cage first.  A bit of Vicks on the noses might help, too.  That way,
EVERYONE smells the same <g>.
--
Sandra in Modesto, California...        
where the pet mousies run in            
their squeeky exercise wheels.