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July 22, 2019 / By Effie Question:
what is a perfect foolproof plan to bond with a guinea pig??? she is really high strung like i cant even pet her without her freaking out! but she is new to me so ya. but when she is more calm with me what is a really good way to bond with her???
Chelle | 1 day ago
First, you need to understand that most guinea pigs are just timid by nature, and you as her human, need to respect that. Don't force her to ''enjoy'' your time with her, and remember to have alot of patience!
You need to spend at least 15 minutes(bare minimum) with her each and every day for the next 2 weeks(again, bare minimum), to gain her trust. You can't just get home from school/work and say ''aww, I'll give her attention tomorrow'', and then leave her for that one day, as every day counts, this is the only way she is going to associate you with treats, cuddles, kisses, ect. It's really a case of 2 steps forward, 3 steps backward if you let social time slip.
I'm sorry, but it's alot more then just training her like you would a dog or cat! They(dogs/cats) are much more trusting animals, because they are higher on the food/prey chain! Giving treats is an excellent way to begin, but so is avoiding loud sounds and fast movements. Treat her the way you would a rat or a mouse(if you like rodents, which I do).
Have your hand resting in her cage, not approaching her, not trying to grab for her, just letting her sniff and check it out. Do this every time you want to bring her out for some play time. Have your hand in there until she gives you a sign she is comfortable with your hand being around her. It is, however, normal, and completely expected, if she just sits in the most faraway corner from your hand and never makes a move for your hand. This just means she has a more timid nature, and needs more reassurance.
After you've made progress with her and your hand, it's always good to have her sit in the gap of your crossed legs on some grass, so she can associate you with eating her food. Make sure, of course, that she can't make a break for it in any gap under your legs(a better way for this to work is if you have a large open grass cage for day time, so you can sit in it while she is grazing. The area can be made of chicken wire, or those small gapped dog fences, anything really that she can't escape easily out of).
Unless she is a guinea pig who enjoys grooming, I wouldn't try a grooming bonding thing, this could go backwards and screw up your hard work. It may be a good thing, though, if you have a spotless tidy and escapless room, if you allow her floor time, just being a g/pig, while you just quietly watch on. In time she will associate you with not being something that wants to eat/trap her, but as a companion, something she feels comfortable around.
Depending on her nature, things could go really quick, or really, really slow, but you just have to keep it up, have patience and try to see things the way she does as a tiny creature compared to a giant!!!! Hope these things help you out, good luck to you and your piggy!
Oh, and remember to keep it fun for you and her, but also recognise when she has had enough, and respect that, too.
Originally Answered: What sure i know before getting guinea pig?
Here are tips for new GP owners:
They need quite large cages - I would recommend at least 3 feet by 2 feet for one, but bigger would be better.
Do not let their environment get too hot or too cold - they can handle about what a human can, but they do get hot easily, so if its really hot and you do not keep your AC on to save money, put a fan by the cage.
They an get stressed out with a lot of noise. They tend to get used to your habits and their environment, but ease them into their new homes. If there are a lot of kids or other pets, keep them away from the noise and activity. Keep away from predatory animals like cats and dogs always!
They love floor time, so give it too them when you can, they like room and exercise. Make sure they cant get into anything harmful though. And, have a place they can hide out if they want, as you know they like that.
If they are the only one, they need attention every day or they get lonely. Even with two or more they need attention.
Feed them high quality GP food only - they need Vit C and this contains it
They have to have timothy hay available to them at all times
They need fresh water - i change about twice a day more if they drink it all
They like veggies and fruit - they need some every day but not too much, they can get diarrhea and very sick. You can do more research on what they can eat, but apples, bananas,romaine lettuce, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumbers, seedless grapes, parsley, and more. Do not give her too many carrots or fruit either, they have a lot of sugar and she can get too fat. No nuts or seeds either. No iceberg lettuce ever!
Do not feed her dark leafy greens - they will not kill her if she has a little bit, but over time or with large amounts she can get bladder sludge and bladder stones which are painful and require surgery to cure. Also, do not feed her alfalfa except as a treat once in a while if you want. These foods have too much calcium for adult GPs.
Pellets are really a supplement, not a main food source, so most adults only need about 1/4 cup per day as long as you give them hay all day long. If she wont eat the hay try a different brand - look for kinds that are greener and more flat blades than stalks - it tastes better.
You can get Vit C liquid to give her, its not necessary but good for her. Do not get the kind that you put in the water, this degrades fast and may make the water taste bad or grow bacteria, which will make the GP not want to drink it.
Give them things they can chew on, including lots of hay, their teeth can grow together and cause abscesses if they do not wear them down. You should also check on their teeth every once in awhile to make sure they look ok. GPs incisors grown constantly so they need to be worn down. Make sure what you give them to chew on is free of harmful dyes and glue.
GPs can get sick - some more common things that happen are calluses on they feet (looks like a thick dark toe - this is not a big deal unless it gets caught on something and you can prevent it by using soft bedding), upper respiratory infections (sneezing, not eating, laying around a lot, running or crusty nose etc), bladder infections, bladder sludge or stones (red or brown urine or spots, laying around, not eating), vit c deficiency, and overgrown front teeth All of these require a trip to the vet - you should find one that specializes in exotics since they require special care not all vets know.
One last tip - do not use pine and especially not cedar bedding - its too hard on they feet and the smell can irritate their noses causing allergies and infections. Aspen is ok, but I recommend the softer stuff that's like paper (carefresh or kaytee soft sorbent). To save money I sometimes used aspen with the softer stuff on top, but this is not the best option. Also, keep the cage clean to prevent the infections I mentioned above. Make sure they have a house to hide out in to feel safe!
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Just play with her. Create a trust between you and your guinea pig. Let her get used to you. Feed her lettuce, carrots, and any other vegetables. Do any of this and I'm sure she will get used to you, while playing with her don't hold her the entire time let her run around but keep an eye on her and pat her every once in a while.. Good Luck! :)
ive had the same problems when i had a new guinea pig what ive done is always cuddle them and talk to then like a baby and feed them by your hand.And they dont like loud noises speak softly that yoru letting them know your there, try singing a song for them.Dont let them get frightened or they will have a heart attack.
what i did with my guinea pig (who now is sadly dead at the age of 6) but i trained her like that like a dog every time she did it without making a fuss i gave her a bit of cucumber or letis or other various treats