It’s okay to feel that there is little or no progress! Sometimes after the first few milestones it can take a while for the next big progress to happen 🙂 But as I see it, I think you’re doing great. The fact that your pigs are comfortable with hand feeding is already a great sign!
Some piggies like to interact with their humans during floortime but a lot don’t, since they take floortime as a time for themselves to play together in a big space. Don’t feel so bad if they’re not interacting with you during this time since they’re just busy with exploring their surroundings. Just stay there to supervise them and they will realize that you don’t mean to harm them 🙂
It’s perfectly normal for piggies to be nervous when they’re in a new environment so you have nothing to worry about. Since they have already been with you for one week, you can already try handling them. But you should do this slowly and if they are still freaking out when you are trying to pick them up, you can try picking them up with a towel, tunnel, or cuddle cup. Eventually, they will get used to you handling them and they will realize that laptime and floortime aren’t so bad after all!
I used to give my piggies Oxbow pellets but since there’s a shortage of Oxbow supplies right now, I give Jolly pellets as a substitute but I give it to them sparingly because it’s alfalfa-based.
Congratulations on your new piggies and I’m sure you will enjoy taking care of them! 🙂
As for tips, I recommend making a large cage for your piggies if you can find the materials. It’s well worth it in the long run and you can easily expand if you want to. Plus, your piggies will show more personality and will lead happier and healthier lives inside a larger cage. But of course, don’t forget to give them floortime even if they have a big cage!
I would also recommend finding a vet for your piggies right now even if they’re not sick yet. Since they’re still new, I recommend that you bring them in for their first check-up as soon as possible. If you don’t want them to have babies (and believe me, guinea pigs can get uncontrollable once they start multiplying!), get your piggies neutered at the vet as soon as possible.
I hope these tips helped and enjoy your piggies! 🙂
Have you tried hand washing or washing the blanket without fabric softener? Make sure that there’s no fabric softener when you’re washing the blanket; on the other hand, laundry detergent is fine (choose the ones with no fabcon!). If you’re already doing that and you still have the same problem, you may have to try a few more washes 🙂
I bought the tunnel from Hobbes and Landes Petropolis 🙂
Hi, congratulations on getting your guinea pigs! 😀 Since it’s their first time in your home, they are still adjusting to their new environment; thus, the situations that you’re encountering are perfectly normal. Guinea pigs are naturally nervous animals and for their first few days or weeks, they still have to get used to every person and sound in the house.
If you’re concerned about their water intake, just check the water level on their bottle every few hours. New guinea pigs can be very shy and refuse to eat or drink when someone is watching them.
Hope this helped! 🙂