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Guinea pig hardly eating food while cagemate is in cage with him

littlesez

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Hi all. My male guinea pig who is almost 6 years old has recently hardly been eating any food while his cagemate is in the cage with him. I'm pretty sure this is because his cagemate has been barbering him and so he has a lot of patches on him where his fur has clearly been chewed, making it look like he has bald spots. He's been living with this guinea pig since August because his other cagemate who he lived with for about 4 years sadly passed away in July. There have not been any problems up until this point. I noticed the barbering started happening about a week ago but only yesterday I started to notice him hardly eating. So I took his cagemate out of the cage and saw him eating normally again. But whenever they are both in the cage together all he does is lay under the wooden platform he has in his cage and barely touches his food. I have done this 3 times now but it seems ridiculous to keep having to do this all the time, especially since I don't like having a guinea pigs out for a long period of time. I've been keeping his cagemate out for about an 1 and 30 minutes each time. I don't mind doing it if I really have to but I'm sure there's better options. The only other thing I can think of is having them be separated but like I said I'd like to see if there's any other options than the two I'm thinking of right now.

If I need to provide any more information then I can. Please help I really don't know what to do and I don't want him to just stop eating altogether. :(
 

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If it looks like he's bullying your other piggy and making him stressed out, u can divide their cage from the middle with the help of and partition like a c&c mesh and u can separate them both this way they ll live like neighbors and no one will get stressed out
 

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Do you see any other signs of a problem in their relationship?

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If he isn’t happy to be around his cage mate, then I would separate them. Some guinea pigs just don’t like each other.
 

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Definitely have a read of the guide piggies&buns has linked you to. Have you been keeping an eye on his weight? My concern would be a lack of hay being eaten because they need to be eating it more often. I would look at the guides for your option to separate as he doesn't sound happy at all at the moment
 
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