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.
Myungja Anna Koh