Wheeky Piggy


Hello! I just got my piggies; they’re two girls! I have given them some pellets, hay and tomatoes. But they aren’t drinking water from the bottle at all (even though the person we got them from says they are familiar with bottle drinking). Is this normal? If not, what should I do because I heard that giving them water in a bowl is not the best way as it can get messy. And they are so scared… They barely come out from their cardboard hidey house, and get very frightened when I or someone else enters the room. Please help! 25. June 2015

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! 🙂

Hello! I’m getting my guinea pigs next week! 🙂 Before I get them, I wanted to ask your opinion on fleece and wood shavings. Also, I don’t see fleece blankets here and no one understands what it means. Lastly, what’s the safe brand of wood shavings for guinea pigs because I read that pine and cedar shavings can be harmful but I think most of the available wood shavings is pine. Which one is better according to you? 22. June 2015

First of all, congratulations on your new piggies and I’m sure you will have lots of fun with them! 🙂

Regarding fleece blankets, there are actually lots of them in department stores. I get mine at SM and they are often displayed on tables in front of the shelves. Unlike other blankets (which are usually wrapped in plastic and are square/rectangular in shape), they are usually rolled and are usually packaged as a pair.

You’re right, cedar and pine shavings can be toxic to piggies but fortunately there are lots of aspen shavings being sold in pet stores as well (inspect the labels to find out); just be sure that the ones you pick are unscented because the oils used to produce the scent on the wood shavings can irritate your piggies’ fragile respiratory systems 🙂

OH AND LAST THING!!! Since they are long haired cavies (Peruvian), do they need baths more so than short haired cavies? I have been given advice from where I got them and they told me to bathe them every week but I felt iffy to do so. I clean their cages twice a day and I spot clean them when I notice all the muk they’ve made to make sure they’re happy with their clean cages and also to make them not smell (but ever since the incident of stomping on their food.. I could say otherwise). I have had them for actually about 4 days, and they are aged 4 months and the other 5. I feel like they are too young for baths so I wipe them with a damp towel sometimes but like everything I do wih them–they hate it.. Any suggestions? :C xx Alyssa 14. June 2015

Peruvians get dirty faster than short-haired pigs so yes, they need more baths but you don’t need to bathe them every week since it may dry out their skin. I recommend that you only bathe your piggies when they absolutely need it. Besides, guinea pigs clean themselves a lot! 🙂 I think that wiping them with a towel is okay (you should focus on their bellies, they get soiled easily!) and good job for cleaning their cage often, it will definitely make your piggies cleaner too. You should also do other grooming methods such as brushing and hair trimming, which are absolutely necessary for Peruvian piggy care.

Hi Claudine!!! :3 I have recently gotten 2 male Peruvian cavies and I don’t know how to make them like me.. I haven’t been touching them often though, maybe once every 2-3 hours just to pet them and interact with them for about 5-10 mins, but after that I return them back to the cage. The smaller one (Dipper) seems to like eating off from my hand sometimes but he’s also very squirmish when I try to carry him (he cries). I also have this problem with the both of them playing given that the fat one (Chewie) often times is aggresive to the little one.. Also, how do I feed them veggies and fruits?? I’ve been giving them a small bowl but they never eat ’em and Chewie just ends up stomping on all the fresh bananas and strawberries I give him.. Much love, Alyssa xx 14. June 2015

Hey Alyssa! 🙂

Guinea pigs really take a long time to trust their humans so don’t worry if you feel like they don’t like you right now, it happens to everyone! Freya used to cry a lot too whenever I held her, so at first I had to resort to having some kind of box or bed for her to get into. When she’s in there, I would lift it and then place it on my lap. Just handle your piggies every day so they would get used to it. Since they’re just starting to get to know you, bribe them with treats when you’re bonding!

As for the aggression issues, I would not be alarmed for now since they might still be establishing dominance in their territory. It’s a necessary part of piggy co-habitation. But if they are hurting each other and one of them is wounded, you should separate them and re-do your introductions. If you can see that they’re being aggressive or they’re hurting each other when they’re in their cage, you may need a bigger cage for them so that they could get their own space.

Maybe the reason why your piggies don’t eat their fruits and veggies is because they’re not used to being fed those things (this is more likely if your pigs came from a pet shop). You should slowly introduce them to their diet. I would recommend mixing small chunks of fruits or veggies with food that’s more familiar to them, such as hay or pellets. You can also try hand-feeding a small portion during mealtime.

Hello! Before buying guinea pigs I wanted to know if there are any places where guinea pigs can boarded while I’m on vacation. And by any chance, do you know how much they cost? 7. June 2015

I am not sure whether there are any pet boarding services specifically for guinea pigs. I do know that some people put up online ads offering pet sitting services and they also take care of guinea pigs. You can ask some vet offices if they would take in your pigs but I am not sure about the cost. I will post about this when I find some good pet boarding places 🙂

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