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The wire bottom cages can cause a condition called bumblefoot. It can be very painful for your guinea pig and you're better off springing for a cage with a solid bottom. This condition can also occur in rats. It's the reason we got a solid bottom cage when I had them. Ulcerative pododermatitis, also known as bumblefoot, is an extremely painful infection ...


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The second easiest way of eliminating fights is increasing their space i.e. give them a bigger cage. How big depends on the guinea pigs in question, but it needs to be big enough to fit at least one house per pig, and preferably one food bowl and one water bottle per pig as well. The easiest way to stop female guinea pigs from fighting is to introduce a ...


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Your cat was apparently not raised in close contact with guinea pigs. So the cat doesn't know how to react and has a fear reaction when they are too close. If it was not a guinea pig but a wolf it is probable that the cat would perceive it as a threat all the time. But here as the guinea pig is small the cat is trying to approach. Just let things go as ...


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My solution to this problem was to put a sandstone tile in the cage. every time the guinea pigs go to their food bowl they shorten their nails just a little, here is the layout: and here are their feet, as you can see they are quite healthy: The guinea pigs' pads prevent the claws from getting too short, and the constant wearing down stops them getting ...


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As far as I know, bathing a guinea pig too often is a bad idea. Keep in mind a guinea-pig is a very sensitive pet, if you do that, you'll probably be harming their natural skin protection, which will lead to illnesses. If you really have to, I'd recommend bathing them once at month at most. Even if you don't believe it, guinea pigs are very self cleaning and ...


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The short answer to that question is yes. The mite to worry about is the Cheyletiella parasitivorax which is most commonly found on rabbits, dogs, cats, us... however, it's not limited to that group, they can also be found on cavies. So, treating your rescue and, at the very least, keeping him away from the rabbits until the treatment is finished would be ...


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Guinea Pig Onomatopoeias and Their Meanings Weeak: Synonyms: wheet. whistle, squeek, squeel Causes: Excitement, anticipation; a call for attention, usually in association food associated sounds, requests for help Hesitant Week Synonyms: Uncertain Beg Causes: Unclean cage, or a guess that food is near by Shriek (high pitched wheek) Synonyms: scream, squeel ...


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Spay is the first and best step. You have two females living in a small space, both anticipating that some day they will have babies and anticipating that there will be competition for scarce space and food. Spaying will help to eliminate the hormones that cause this friction between your two girls.


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Sorry to hear that, my condolences on your loss. :( Guinea pigs are definitely social animals (almost too social, it's how I ended up with 7 once before getting them sexed correctly), so being solo is going to be harder on your friend now than it would have been at a much earlier age. They do grieve, I think, based on my own experience with them, but the ...


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Plywood is glued layers of wood and, as such, it would be something I would totally avoid for creating toys that they would chew on since you're probably unlikely to find out what's in the glue. So, while more expensive, solid pieces of untreated apple, aspen, poplar or ash are much better choices. May be hard to just find at your local lumber store, but ...


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Skin issues with skinny pigs can be quite common. I have two skinny boars at home that when they have dry skin I use an organic coconut oil on their skin and it lifts off the old dry skin and moisturizes it.


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I've seen male and female guinea pigs doing the "dominance dance" to both male and female guinea pigs. I called it "dominance dance" because that's essentially what the guinea pig is doing, establishing dominance for mounting a female, claim space, etc. It's perfectly normal for cavies to do it, don't worry.


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This post is a little late after your original question, but I could not help to finish this for anyone who sees this question! You should try putting the wood pellets (Or whatever soft animal bedding you are using) on top of the newspaper, that will make the cage easier to clean, and it will be more comfortable to your cavy. :) Cleaning the cage really ...


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Several guinea pig references say the same thing, but Cavy Spirit is pretty well known The only valid, non-medical reason to neuter your male guinea pig is because you have a female you want him to room with. Neutering does little to change the behavior of aggressive guinea pigs, unlike the effect it has on other types of animals. Likewise, ...


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One thing I know is that their skin is delicate, so normal sawdust or straw can hurt them (scratches and stitches). For my bald rats, I used toilet paper, fleece blankets and towels instead. You also need to find a way to present them with lots of hay like 'normal' guinea pigs but in a way that they can't scratch themselves. If the skin is dirty and the ...


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I know this is a little late but I would recommend not using the pine shaving bedding. I have two skinny boys that I got from 2 different places that both advised me to use paper bedding because the shavings can be irritating/scratchy on their skin so maybe that would be causing the dry spots because of the way it rubs?? I'm not sure but I figured I would ...


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Absolutely, yes they can. Lead could a problem roadside (soil could be contaminated from the the days when leaded gas was available). Not sure how much you should be concerned as there appear to be a large number of variables. Here is a link to a publication discussing lead in the context of gardening. http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8424.pdf Weed ...


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Of the options you listed cat seems to be the obvious answer, they are reasonably independent and quite a lot of them will enjoy a good cuddle. I don't want to be rude or insensitive as I don't know your full situation but if you went for a long haired breed such as a ragdoll, or birman then they are like a nice warm fluffy teddy bear and you might enjoy ...


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The risk for guinea pigs is always high when mixing with dogs, simply because of their difference in size and guinea pigs' prey instincts that signal to any other animal that they are defenseless. The exact degree of danger depends on the breed of your dog and how well trained your dog is. According to the American Kennel Club, Italian greyhounds: are flash-...


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What your guinea pig is showing out is called conditioned behavior. An experiment with chicken: Two cages of chickens had a similar food automatic device. The automat gave a grain of food when a chicken pecked a button next to the automat. In cage A the automat gave the prize every time the button was pecked. In cage B the automat, with no pattern, ...


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It looks to me like you have English Ivy (Hedera helix L.). From the National Park Service: The leaves and berries of English ivy contain the glycoside hederin which may cause toxicosis if ingested. Symptoms include gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, hyperactivity, breathing difficulty, coma, fever, polydipsia, dilated pupils, muscular weakness, and ...


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Wire bottom cages can be bad for guinea pigs. They get a condition called bumblefoot. Also if the bars are too far apart their feet can get stuck in between and injure them. Also rabbits shouldn’t even have wire bottom cages because they get sores on their back feet


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I got a rabbit cage for my guinea pig. I put a piece of plastic to cover the wire mesh. You can get the plastic at Ace Hardware. You have to measure the cage to see how big the cage is. My guinea pig loves it. Make sure the cage is big enough for your guinea pig


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I'm sorry for your loss. Timing the introduction of a new pig depends on how much your current guinea pig is grieving. Observe the pig's mood and eating habits (weigh it daily to check for weight changes). Once your pig is no longer grieving, you should be able to introduce a new companion. If your pig is grieving, you can try giving him a stuffed toy (...


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Solid bottom. Wire grating can cause arthritis over time, from toes wrapping and unintentional grabbing around the bars. Also, toes or toe nails can get caught and pulled, causing injury anywhere from bent or yanked toenails, broken toes, foot, leg(from twisting), and muscles or tendons pulled or strained. I also like to think a cage without a grate ...


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If you do get a cat, some of your requirements point to different age recommendations, so you should figure out what in your list is a higher priority. If low maintenance/cuddling is your top priority, I would highly recommend an older cat (at least 5 years) over a kitten or young adult. An older cat is going to be lower energy and require less attention (...


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I'm so sorry for your loss, I know that she will stay in your heart forever. C: I would recommend to wait until you are ready to get another guinea pig. Your other piggy may feel sad for at least 1 month. She will sleep where the other piggy has slept, and may even yawn mournfully. It is sad to see, but I think you may want to wait until you think that you ...


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My cat has been the same way with all of my guinea pigs. I've had my cat and a guinea pig sitting in my lap at the same time, but when the piggy is loose on the bathroom floor, the cat stays on the other side of the gate or runs away when the piggy comes towards her. I think they are just confused and don't know what to expect! I've had three guinea pigs and ...


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In general no. I am willing to concede that there are some anecdotes where this has worked but for the majority it will not. Guinea pigs are social but they are also terratorial. They are willing to share(to a point) thier habitat with other guinea's they have bonded with but will chase off(or attempt to) any intruders. I notice even my bonded pairs have a ...


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Do you have things for them to chew on (like wooden blocks, chew sticks, etc?)? Guinea pig teeth grow constantly and if they don't have something to chew on all of the time, they get stressed and their teeth can overgrow. Most pet stores have lots of wooden things for small animals. Good luck!


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