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Do Guinea Pigs Get Lonely?

Guinea pigs do best when kept with another guinea pig.

By Audrey Pavia
Posted: April 2, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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This guinea pig is in a temporary show cage so he is alone, but most guinea pigs do best when they have a cagemate (or two).

Guinea pigs do best when kept with another guinea pig.

Guinea pigs are social animals, and live in colonies in the wild. Domestic guinea pigs do best when living with at least one other guinea pig as a cage mate.

Guinea pigs get along best when both small pets are spayed or neutered. Have your guinea pigs altered before you introduce them to each other.

Before putting two strange guinea pigs together, let them get to know each other first. Start by keeping them in separate cages and placing the cages next to each other so they can see and smell each other. Leave the cages like this for a week or two until the guinea pigs seem comfortable with one another.

Next, let them come face to face in a guinea-pig proofed room or cage that is not familiar to either one of them. This neutral ground may help them from becoming territorial with each other. Once the two are getting along well in this situation, you can start keeping them together.

If you only have one guinea pig, spend a lot of time with your pet since you are its only source of companionship. That means you should hold your small pet and play with it every day.

If you have more than one guinea pig, be sure to spend individual time with each of your small pets to help them bond to you. Although they have each other for companionship, they will appreciate having a relationship with you as well. If they are bonded with you, they will be more comfortable being handled.


Posted: April 2, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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I want another one!!!
Haley, fjktyuj, OH
Posted: 4/5/2013 8:31:39 AM
I started out with just one guinea pig. I got her out everyday, her cage was in my room, and she loved to hide in my bed and sometimes her and I would take naps together in my bed and she wouldn't go anywhere. Well one day I tried that and she bit me and wanted nothing to do with me, which really made me sad because she is like my best friend. So I went out and got another guinea pig and left the new guinea pig in a different cage so they where not together in the same cage. They both started to squeak and you would of thought they where both very hurt or something but all they wanted was to be in the same cage together and ever since then they are always together and they don't go anywhere unless the other one goes with.
Nicolea, Graymont, IL
Posted: 5/23/2012 8:42:48 PM
My Guinea pig was by herself but I got her out everyday throughout the day and her cage was in my room so I was either in there with her or had a radio on for her. Well after I had her for a year she started to get very mean to me and to my family members that where trying to pick her up and playing with her. She hasn't been mean to anybody since I went and got another guinea pig, infact she loves when my 3 year old cousin comes over because she loves being out of her cage and playing with her.
Nicolea, Graymont, IL
Posted: 5/17/2012 10:03:02 PM
I really want two guinea pigs and I think reading this out loud to my parents have given them a different idea.
Emma, Franklin, TN
Posted: 6/4/2009 7:09:52 PM
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