How long should it take for guinea pigs to bond?
It can take a guinea pig anywhere from three days to as much as three weeks or more to get used to their new owner. While that can sound like a long time, try not to get too discouraged if your guinea pig takes that long or even longer before getting used to you.
How long does it take guinea pigs to bond?
Full bonding will take place over a longer period but if they are getting along after thirty minutes to an hour then they should be okay together. In most cases, full bonding will take as long as it takes and can vary depending on the personalities of the pigs and other factors.
Why are my guinea pigs bonding in the split cage?
If your guinea pigs are even slightly compatible, the split cage method overtime can start the bonding process over again. That’s because when they have their own private space to live in while still being able to socially interact, it can make it easier for them to try bonding again.
What happens when you pair a guinea pig with an older guinea pig?
In that case, the younger one may challenge the older one’s position as alpha guinea pig. When you pair up a young guinea pig with any other guinea pig (young or old), there is a chance that as the younger guinea pig goes through its adolescent period (3-5 months), they will challenge the other guinea pig for top guinea pig position.
Can a male guinea pig fight a female guinea pig?
This can lead to some fighting. Most of the time, they figure it out for themselves. Occasionally, the fighting is extreme and they must be permanently separated. Again, remember this can happen with ANY guinea pig pair, male/male or female/female.
How long does it take guinea pig to bond with another guinea pig?
You’ve honored the quarantine period, your new pig is healthy and you are ready to introduce him or her to your other guinea pig. Have patience, take your time, always do this on neutral territory, and don’t give up too soon. Bonding may happen in one afternoon or it may take months.
When do guinea pigs start showing signs of puberty?
If your guinea pigs start showing changes at two months of age, then expect them to settle down once they are 10-12 months old. Some guinea pigs might take an extra month or two before their hormone settles down. Some male guinea pigs might experience a shift in hormone even after they pass the 12 months mark.
When to pair a male guinea pig with a sow?
Some male guinea pigs might experience a shift in hormone even after they pass the 12 months mark. Thus, it is recommended to keep them with bonded partners or get your guinea pigs neutered. Once your guinea pig is neutered, you can pair them with a sow to keep their aggression in check.
Is there such a thing as a male guinea pig?
Male Guinea Pig PairsThere is a common misconception that male guinea pig pairs will not work as a pair or continually fight. There are many male guinea pigs that have successfully established dominance and will live together quite happily. One the the keys to a successful male bonding is space!