How to introduce a new guinea pig to another?

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My sister is getting a Guinea pig today for her birthday. We already have one that we have had for quite a while now.. (1 to 2 years) and, we want to know how to introduce a new friend to another. The one I have now is a male, and the one we are getting is also a male. We are also keeping them in the same cage. Now, I have some questions:
1) How long do i have to keep them away from each other
2) How to introduce the new guinea pig to another
3) How long should I keep him to get used to his new home?
Thanks in advance.

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Be 100% certain you get a male. :) If you're getting it from a pet shop you should ideally quarantine the new one for a few weeks to make sure it doesn't have any diseases that could be passed on to the one you already have. Once it's been quarantined take them both out of their cages and put them in a neutral area and let them meet each other. They could do all sorts of different things and most of them will be completely harmless showing off (mounting, sniffing, a bit of chattering, rumblestrutting etc). Keep a close eye on them if they start doing really loud and long chattering, if they're nipping or doing lots of yawning. Most of the time they'll be able to work it out and be fine. Separate only if they draw blood or are about to. If they don't full on attack each other they'd be ok to be put back in a clean cage. Keep an eye on them but they should be ok. For 2 males you ideally want at least 10.5sq ft of cage space, the more room they have the less likely they are to fight. Read through http://www.cavyspirit.com/sociallife.htm#Introductions for safe dominance behaviour and also an alternative way to try and bond 2 guinea pigs if they decide they don't like each other.

How to make flying squirrel stop biting you?

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I've owned this squirrel for 2 monthes, it's only 3 monthes old, and it will bite me and my husband. My two daughters bonded most with it during the first month but I also played, feed, and let it run around my room. It was a little angel squirrel for the first month but now it has a tendency to nibble on me a few times before taking a big chomp out of me or my husband. It worships the ground my two daughters walk on but it will bite the blood out of me every time I have it out without my daughters around. Is there some way to keep it around me without letting it bite me?

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Unless you've had this squirrel vaccinated, you need to get any bite marks you have checked out in a hospital to make sure that the squirrel has not transferred any bacteria to you. Squirrels are not pets. They cannot be domesticated. They are naturally wild. A young squirrel may act tame, but once it turns into an adult it will start showing its wild nature. Squirrels have a natural instinct to be wild and so to keep a squirrel in your house is actually a bit cruel. I'm not saying you're a cruel or bad person, you may have the best intentions or even think that a squirrel is a cute pet, but it's not. The squirrel would be much, much happier free in the wild than kept in a house with a bunch of humans that it doesn't give a twit about. You may think that this squirrel has apparently "bonded" with your daughters, but eventually it will turn on them and show you the wild animal that it is. Squirrels cannot "bond" with humans. Straight to the point.

How to keep two unneutered male rats together peacefully?

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I am going to be getting two male rats that have been raised together (or at least have been housed together for a while) and I need to know how to keep them together without (or with minimal) conflict.

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it's very unusual for un-neutered males NOT to get on. you get the occasional rat where they become hormonally agressive to other entire males, and neutering usually fixes this. but on the whole, un-neutered males live happily together, so long as they've been properly introduced, or grown up together. to minimise the risk of trouble, make sure the cage is spacious so they don't feel overcrowded and defensive, and give them lots of different places to sleep so that if one of them wants his own space, he can go off on his own for a bit. obviously one rat will be the more dominant, and another the more submissive, but this is perfectly fine and normal. it's very unusual for rats raised together to fall out. it's normal for them to be best of friends for their whole lives.

How to make a good cage for guinea pigs?

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I'm getting two female guinea pigs and I can't find any cage (to me they seen way too small and pricey) so I've decided to make a cage like I've seen many owners have done. I was thinking about a c&c cage but most instructions seem too complicated and I have no idea what to do. Please, if you have any suggestions, say what you think is a good cage, why, and how to make it. Thank you soooo much :u

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I have a C&C cage. Making it was not too complicated for me, just time consuming. My guinea pigs love it! These may be helpful: http://www.guineapigcages.com/howto.htm http://www.guineapigcages.com/forum/about-cages/

How to take care of two baby guinea pigs?

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I am adopting/rescuing two guinea pigs next month and they're 7 weeks old.
I know I need to feed alfalfa hay, but I can't get hold of it. Only the cubes. Can I feed timothy hay or orchard hay? Maybe meadow hay?
I can feed alfalfa pellets.
What vegetables can I feed?

How much of these should I feed a day?

Thank you.
Is FibaFirst a good young guinea pig or should I just buy Oxbow.

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Give them 1/8 of a cup full of pellets and a cup full of veg and feed timothy hay if you need help like guinea pig help

How to get your new pet rat comfortable around you?

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I've got a cage set up and everything and im about to go buy a rat. I was just wondering how to get him/her used to me. I know this isnt an overnight process. Any tips will be appreciated. Thank you.

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well first of all, you need to get two rats. they are highly social animals that should never be kept on their own. a lone rat will, among many other health and behavioural problems, be harder to tame and more timid. sometimes even agressive as a result. the way I always get my new rats used to me is to let them explore inside my dressing gown. that way they're somewhere warm and dark, and this makes them feel safe and secure. but that safe place also smells really strongly of me, so they start to associate my smell with feeling safe. I also then put an old t shirt I've worn into their cage for them to use as bedding, and continue to build on the feeling that my smell = safety for them. this way they soon come to greet me at the cage door, and enjoy my company.

How to find out a guinea pigs personality?

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I might want another guinea pig but need to find out his personality. I can't take him on a play date because the available person has two girls. My piggy isn't neutered. Please help?

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Honestly, males are not easy to mix. If you had bought two males from a young age etc then they may get along as adults. But introducing a new pig into a males home etc wont happen. Not at all. Dont home him with another male as they will fight Dont home him with a female (even if he was neutered) as he will just bonk her to death.

How to convince my parents to get me a hamster?

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I think that I'm responsible enough to look after a hamster, but my parents aren't convinced. I've been asking for a long time now and my mind is set, I definitely think I should have one.
Does anyone have any ways I could convince my parents to get me a hamster?

Answer: 
That is the same problem that I had. It took me a while but I did get my hamster. You have to do extra chores around the house and I was supper nice. I offered to pay for everything that the hamster needed and guess what! It worked. I have had my hamster for almost 3 moths now. Hope this works for you!

How to get the nasty smell off of my guinea pig?

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My guinea pig smells really bad. Not sure why since I clean her cage often.
I spend majority of my days hanging out with her and I noticed a few days ago that she smells awful. She even makes my hands smell bad when I pet her. How can I make her smell better?

Answer: 
Give her a bath. Make sure to use warm water that is the same temperature as your guinea pig. You can also use baby shampoo. When you clean her cage put baking powder under the bedding because it absorbs the bad smell. Good Luck ;)

How to convince my stubborn Dad to let me get a guinea pig?

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I've asked before but he said no because we don't have anybody to watch our animals when we go on vacations and he doesn't think I'm responsible. Please help me!

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show him you ARE responsible! do as much research on guinea pigs as you can, write a report, and show him,that will show him you really care. it worked for me. on short vacations,your pig will be ok just give it PLENTY of water,food,and vegies (ones that wont rot if not refrigerated) on long vacations try to see if a neighbor will take care of ur pig or a nearby relative. hope this helps! good luck :)

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