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Guineapig cleaning help

Piano

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Hi. I normally take my boars to be cleaned and have a haircut because they hate being handled. Pretty sure they hate me aswel.
With local lockdown, can't go to normal places. Does anybody know of somewhere in RCT County that does this service?
 

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They should be keeping themselves clean. if you mean they bathe them and give them a hair cut - guinea pigs should not be bathed regularly as it’s bad for their skin. They only need a bath if they are incredibly dirty for example due to being ill and not keeping themselves clean. Haircuts are different, they do occasionally need them!
 

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Btw they probably don't hate you but as prey animals they do instinctively assume you're a predator. Even after four years my girls do not sit still to be picked up but run away like they think I'm going to eat them, but relax in my arms as they've realised they do rather love a cuddle.
 

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Thank you for your help. I'm just dreading using the nail clippers. I accidentally cut too much off once when he was wiggling and hurt one of my boars. Ever since, he doesn't like being picked up by me.
I'm too nervous of hurting them to do it myself.
 

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Thank you for your help. I'm just dreading using the nail clippers. I accidentally cut too much off once when he was wiggling and hurt one of my boars. Ever since, he doesn't like being picked up by me.
I'm too nervous of hurting them to do it myself.
I know that feeling! I did that to my human baby when she was 1 week old and 17 years later I haven't touched her nails since, my husband took over 🤣

I have managed with the piggies though. My tip is not to hold the leg but to get the clippers where they need to be, if you see what I mean. The more you handle the pigs using the "whispering tips" here, the more relaxed they will be and the easier it will get. Be patient. Silk bit me every time at first but now if I'm careful I normally get away unscathed.
Understanding Prey Animal Instincts, Guinea Pig Whispering And Cuddling Tips
 
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