How Do I Know My Guinea Pigs Get Along? Keep a close eye on them and look for signs your guinea pigs are getting along. There will be lots of noises and interaction. Often sniffing each other, sometimes following each other or chasing, and eventually progressing to resting together and grooming.
How long until my guinea pigs get along? If you have only just desexed your male guinea pig, wait 4-6 weeks before introducing him to females. Sometimes they can still reproduce right after their operation. It is easiest to introduce and socialise guinea pigs when they are younger.
Can I put a new guinea pig in with my old one? The combination of old and young guinea pigs usually works fine. The older GPs are unlikely to view the youngsters as a threat, so old/young pairs should be a okay. Keep a close eye on them, though, over the first few hours, to make sure they’re getting on.
Table of Contents
- 1 How long does it take guinea pigs to bond with each other?
- 2 Should I separate fighting guinea pigs?
- 3 How do you know if your guinea pig hates you?
- 4 Can two guinea pigs share a cage?
- 5 How many guinea pigs is too many?
- 6 Do guinea pigs communicate with each other?
- 7 Why do guinea pigs growl at each other?
How long does it take guinea pigs to bond with each other?
Have patience, take your time, always do this on neutral territory, and don’t give up too soon. Bonding may happen in one afternoon or it may take months. What you don’t want to do is plop the new guinea pig into your existing guinea pig’s cage. Never try to introduce guinea pigs in one of their cages.
Should I separate fighting guinea pigs?
If they do start fighting again you should separate them and it may be worth taking the aggressor to the vet. There is a chance your Pigs might not be able to live in the same cage.
How do you know if your guinea pig hates you?
As a general rule, guinea pigs don’t hate their owners, but it might seem like they do. What you perceive as hate is usually your guinea pig displaying discomfort because of an illness or fear due to his prey animal instincts. Guinea pigs will think you’re a threat until they’re bonded with you.
(Keep in mind that guinea pigs are highly social, so it is best to have at least two guinea pigs who get along with each other.) Two guinea pigs: 7.5 square feet (minimum), but at least 10.5 square feet (30” x 50”) is preferred.
How many guinea pigs is too many?
In the wild guinea pigs live in groups of 10 or more. They are social creatures, and need the company of their own kind. As pets they are usually kept in pairs or trios of the same sex. Two females (sows) will live happily together, as will two males (boars), particularly if they are siblings.
Do guinea pigs communicate with each other?
Like other animals, guinea pigs communicate with humans and each other via vocalizations and sometimes the use of body language. Purring is the most common sound for a guinea pig to communicate with others, and this generally indicates its happiness, satisfaction, or good mood.
Why do guinea pigs growl at each other?
Cavies typically growl when they’re frightened and feel like they have no way out of an uncertain situation. They often growl when they’re on the verge of fierce behavior, like biting. When guinea pigs growl, they frequently grind their teeth, as well.