The latest status of guinea pigs
Our two guinea pigs, Pinky and Squash, still live separately on the lower and upper floors. The cage I bought is a wooden cage with a two-story structure. I put a liner on the drawer-shaped floor and clean it every day. Since the two of us are living separately, I am concerned that the two of us will feel lonely or depressed.
I miss being in the cage with each other, but they don't seem to miss them at all. Currently, it is divided into two spaces by blocking the ladder between the cages, but I hope that they will live together in one space in the future. However, if you put the two of them in a wide playpen and let them meet, as soon as they see each other, they become wary of each other and run to bite them. I don't think it's time yet.
And recently, I found a part where the hair is missing under Pinky's chin as shown below.
When I looked around, there were no lumps, lashes, or signs of mold, and my skin was pink and clean, so I left it for a few weeks instead I bring him to the animal hospital. Of course, we keep the cage more clean.
Among guinea pigs, long-haired pigs's hair falls out often than short-haired ones. And especially in the case of Pinky, he has a habit of biting the wire in the cage. He grabs the cage wall and shakes it to make a sound. I think this habit probably caused hair loss in certain areas. So I decided to leave the door open for a while and observe. After a few weeks, I could see new hairs growing on the empty skin.
One of the things I learned while raising guinea pigs is that they both have different personalities and habit. Pinky drinks more water than squash. Wet the surroundings and enjoy jumping over them. However, squash likes to drink relatively little water and keep the surroundings dry. I think these two are too different to live together.
Pinky, who likes to be open in a wide space, is always out and does not run away or hide in surprise whenever people pass by. But squash likes remote, nook and dark places. We made a small studio for squash.
After fighting each other
To care guinea pigs, you have to find food, and you have to solve the fights between cavies. Because cute little animals are living creatures, they behave unpredictably, and this can cause deep wounds for reasons you don't understand.
So did I. Two adorable guinea pigs, Pinky and Squash, started growling at each other one day. It wasn't threatening at first. Then I felt their growling and alertness rising. Raising all of their hair, grinding their teeth, and shaking the teeth is a dangerous sign. They will soon fight to the point of blood some day
Eventually my adorable piggies got into a bad fight the day we went out and both bled. Fortunately, the wound was not too deep, and emergency treatment was provided.
Now we have recovered a lot from each other. Pinky was very worried about the wounds on his face, but now the wounds have healed so much that they are invisible.
After everything was settled, my son sent me a picture like the one below.
It's so cute, but why does Pinky run to him whenever he sees squash? It was as if he was trying to show that he was ready to bite. These two are still unordered.
How great would it be if the guinea pigs got along well as if they were having a party as shown below?
For the time being, we will have to keep the two piggies separately. They are raised separately when playing, eating, and sleeping separately. Still, they are not at all lonely and invisible. In general, guinea pigs cannot live alone, but our piggies are truly unique.
Guinea pig fighting
My guinea pigs, Pinky and Squash, have been living with us peacefully for three months. But after we returned home from a brief half-day out of town, we found Pinky injured. There were traces of blood running down Pinky's neck, and we could see Squash's dark brown fur torn from every corner of the cage.
Perhaps there was a fierce fight while we were away. We urgently healed Pinky's wounds and then blocked the wall between the cages to separate the two.
Reasons for a pig to show aggression may include fear, lack of trust, maternal instincts, hormonal surges, dominance or uncertainty of one's place in the herd's hierarchy, lack of structure, hunger, lack of respect, or simply bad habits that were allowed in a previous home. (Aggression - American Mini Pig Association)
My guinea pig Pinky has a gentle personality. He is a good eater and hates waiting. It's 1.5 times bigger than Squash and has a lot more power. And he likes people, so when we approach the cage, Pinky comes running to us. Potty training is not good, and he poops and pees here and there, and sometimes he sleeps on the pee. Scattering the hey is a habit.
Squash is the opposite of Pinky. It is clean and only poops and pees in designated places. When eating hey, hold it only at the end and eat it carefully. He hate to mess things up. Despite his small stature, he has a sensitive and courageous personality. Compared to Pinky's timid, Squash is a nimble warrior.
That's why we thought that two guinea pigs with opposite personalities would one day fight. However, perhaps because of Pinky's surprisingly gentle personality, they got along well even in situations where they almost had to fight, and they got along well.
Pinky is a shy and lonely character. When someone hugs and pets Pinkie, he likes to close his eyes. Thanks to this lovely Pinky, they got along well with the sensitive Squash. However, one day, Pinky suddenly became sensitive, perhaps because of the animal's mating season.
One day, Pinky seems to have awakened. The fact that he is much bigger and stronger than Squash. He didn't dodge or yield like he used to when Squash flirted with something. But this did not lead to a fight.
The problem arose when we were away for a while. Thinking about it now, it's terrifying. Animals, too, realize that even the slightest eye opening causes problems.
They were separated from each other by a wall for two days. Surprisingly, Squash enjoyed his space alone. It didn't look uncomfortable or difficult at all. On the other hand, Pinky kept looking for squash. He turned his head in the direction of Squash and lay crouched down.
After being bitten and torn like that, why does Pinky miss Squash? Anyway, after a few days, when the two became stable, we opened a dividing panel under our monitor for a while and put the two together. Then Pinky was injured again by Squash's attack suddenly. We hastily put an end to the fight, screened again and healed Pinky's wounds. This time, it seems that the wound is deep, and my heart aches.
For a while, Pinky's wounds seem to make her feel bad. One of my worries is whether Squash will have to live alone in the future. Is he the type of pigs who lives alone without being able to mix forever? Even after being so hurt, Pinky still misses Squash. We hope that these two will soon return to their loving and peaceful relationship.
3 months with guinea pigs
I have been living with a guinea pig for 3 months now. Pinky and Squash are our best friends and adorable pets. They give us infinite love and pleasure to the extent that we cannot understand how we have lived without them until now. Of course, day-to-day cleaning and caring is still difficult.
These days, the grass and clubbers grow well and fresh. I cut it for them every day. Pinky and Squash love the cut grass like this. They always look at me while eating. As if to say thank you.
If I compare it to the previous photo, I can see that the squash is growing very well. Pinky still enjoy eating the most and is plump.
Pinky shakes the cage like this every day, begging for more carrots.
The picture above was taken a month ago. Looking at the last photo, I can see that they were really small and young.
As shown in the photo below, Squash, who showed a tense appearance every day, stretches his legs and relaxes like never before. He loves his cage so much. he keeps trying to get back to the cage even when he has been out for a while.
As Pinky grew older, his heart-shaped buttocks became thicker. We believe that it is the love he shows for us.
Now these two mischievous piggies don't run away or startle us as often as they used to, but rather approach us and ask for carrots.
Squash still doesn't enjoy playing outside, but Pinky runs around the out of cage at this time. We bought clothes for the lovely Pinky and tried them on.
We do this every day with a playpen spread out outside the cage for exercise. But they are more obsessed with carrots than exercise.
On a nice day, we put them on a little trampoline that we doesn't use much now and let them get some fresh air under the shade. This is also their favorite time.
A month with guinea pigs
It has been a month since the guinea pig came to our house. In the meantime, my piggies have slowly adapted to the new cage and new family. Now, even when they see us, they do not run away immediately and continue to do their own thing. They even ask for carrots. In the past, conscious of us, they slept in a rigid posture and did grooming, but now they sleep comfortably with their legs stretched out and groom slowly and without hesitation even when we are watching them.
My piggies love carrots. The crunchy sound sounds like there're eating the finest dessert in the world's most delicious five-Michelin restaurant. Even my daughter, who wasn't a big fan of carrots, now enjoys them.
My child brings carrots from school lunches like below after raising guinea pigs.
As soon as the child arrives home from school and opens the backpack, the piggies come to the door thinking they are giving them carrots.
Pinky, who eats well whenever he has time, has gained weight like this. And he loves to relax in my daughter's dollhouse.
And little by little Pinky came to like the playtime out of the cage. Squash is still afraid of going out.
Today is Squash's bathing day. Guinea pigs need to be very careful when bathing. That is, water should not get into their ears and nose. You have to be very careful as the water once entered cannot be brought out again. So, when taking a bath, you have to wash it by sprinkling it in shallow water.
While I was preparing the squash bath, my daughter prepared the bath toys he needed.
When raising guinea pigs, I make good use of toys that my child no longer plays with. As a bath mat to keep the bath water from splashing, I used a water doodle play mat that my daughter played with when she was a toddler.
Fill the basket with lukewarm water about one-third full and float the bath toys.
Prepare shampoo for guinea pigs, rabbits, and cats purchased from Amazon. You can also use baby shampoo.
Hold it tightly so that water does not get into his ears. Squash was already nervous.
While I'm holding the squash, my daughter is wiping his back with her little hands.
Gently wipe the palms and belly area as well. In fact, this part is the dirtiest part because it is the part most easily touched.
The squash was quietly cooperating and my daughter was very helpful, so I was able to finish bathing the guinea pig smoothly. Dry it well with a soft towel, dry it cleanly with a hair dryer, and put it in the cage in a dry state as the moisture is gone.
Myungja Anna Koh