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Brand New GP is very very timid and scared

Discussion in 'Behaviour and Bonding' started by naboosmummy, May 16, 2010.

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  1. naboosmummy

    naboosmummy New Member

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    Hi Guys,

    Yesterday we bought a lovely Himalayan Guinea Pig named Naboo. He is around 8 weeks old...with gorgeous ruby eyes.

    He has a giant indoor cage which is 4 foot long by 2 foot wide. We was going to get him a friend but he was the only one left and apparently ruby eyes puts some people off :( so i rescued him :)

    However he has eaten some carrot and drank but he is so so timid and we are being very gentle with him just putting our hand in to stroke him and when we get him out of course he runs for the hills but once out he settles well on us but he has not made any noises yet and seems very very nervous i am worried we are stressing him out. Its only my hubby and me who are animal lovers and we are hoping we are doing everything right. He is in our front room with us and we want to let him roam free in hallways etc once settled and with supervision.
     
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    awh. Guinea pigs are usually really timid when you first get them, they may take some time adjusting but you're doing the right thing. Try talking to him? so he gets used to your voice and spend time near his cage?
    He should get used to you soon :)
    you'll have to get some pics up of him :)
     
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    Hi, welcome. All sounds normal so far. Guineas do take a while to settle down and get used to their environment and being handled. You are right he does need a friend, he will be much happier. There are a number of rescues on here who will quite likely have another boar to be a pal for him. I am just down the road from you and foster rescue guineas, so let me know if I can help out.
    x
     
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    I've just got one guinea pig, and i always have had one guinea pig.
    When I first got her she was really scared, and she spent all of her time in this little house we got her. I felt so sorry for the poor thing and I thought I would hurt her if I got her out, it was only thanks to my brother that I got her out and cuddled her, she took some time adjusting but if you keep handling him he should get used to you, if you offer him food he will get used to the fact you're not going to hurt him.
     
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    thanks so much guys for your reponses and so quick! We got him out for a cuddle before and he was fine...he does just sit in the corner of his cage and doesnt walk around but he must do when we are not there because his food bowl is the opposite side and he has eaten his carrots. He is in our front room with us so we chat to him all the time even if its just a shout over mid tv watching to say hey naboo hows tricks and i lay on my belly so I'm not too giant and jst go up to his cage in this way and softly talk to him.
    Hope he walks around and stuff soon he has lots of toys ready to be played with :)

    Thanksfor tips on rehoming just got to make sure we can fully commit to two ie afford two lots of vet care etc etc dont want to just rush into this as we really researched just the one for now but i do realise he needs a friend.
     
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    ok so been out all day and got back and the poor thing is making the pigeon noise which means he is scared :( feel so awful to him
     
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    pigeon noise means their scared.. awh. I never knew that because she always coo's like a pigeon when shes in her house, might be nightmares :{:{

    he'll soon get used to you, how long have you had him for now?
     
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  9. he will be fine dont worry, mine still sometimes dart back in their hides when i enter the room, they do get used to you. I started with one about 2 months ago and i have 4 now :)). They are lovely and he will settle soon, using something tasty to make friends helps too, parsley, green beans etc...
     
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    He will be fine, you are doing all the right things. I got my two girls in December and they were like Naboo for about a week. Even now if I move to quick near their cage they will dart under the cover!

    He will get used to you it just takes time. Soon enough he will be wheeking for food everytime you open the fridge, get up in the morning, come through the front door etc...
     
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    thanks everyone i am so happy to have you all here for support. We got him yesterday morning. We let him settle but i keep putting my hand in slowly and got him out last night and this morning and hubby is coaxing him out the cage now because apparently the more handling and frequently will help to settle him. He has started to know his name as when i say naboo highly pitched he looks hehe. Tried to coax with treats and carrot which seem to be his fave but he wont eat them unless in his bowl. Just want him to know we are his friends bless him. He seems to be more nervous tonight than yesterday and this morning.....hmmmm
     
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    Give him at least two to three days to get his bearings!
     
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    Normal! As I said it took mine a week to stop being so nervous around us. Even now my more nervous one will hide if I go near the cage and she is perfectly happy being handled now!
     
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