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My Guinea pig just sits in the same place! HELP!

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boo-boo

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i got a guinea pig about 4days ago. I'm not too sure on behaviour. she's very shy or quiet. might she be frightened or showing sighs of illness.
we have a reptile in the house. kept the snake out of sight but could she maybe be smelling her? does any1 know of any similiar experience. could she still be warming up, is she shy or is she showing sighs of getting sick?:)
 

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It is not uncommon for them to do this in a strange place. Make sure she has somewhere to hide with some nice hay to munch on nearby. She could also do with a friend as they are very social.

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Is your guinea pig on its own or has it got a companion? Having two makes a huge difference (guinea pigs are herd animals and not wired to be on their own) and it will bring them out of their shell much better. You should not keep a snake in the same room.

Here are some informative threads from our reference section - which is always worth a browse - that you might find helpful (how to settle shy new guinea pigs and companionship):
http://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=36239
http://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=37654
 

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I think this is normal behaviour, just give her a bit of time and once she gets to know you she'll be fine.

She could also benefit from having a friend :)
 

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My gaga is like that. She very laid back, and very quiet. I think its because Tam is very dominent. Even when I have her on my lap she doesnt make a sound. has a good nose around though. Tam on the other hand chitters away, but doesnt like any sounds other than me chatting.
I just hope my gaga is ok though.:rose
 

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Hi, Guinea pigs can tend to hold still when they are scared and it can take a while for them to warm up however, I was doing rescue and didn't realize one of my girls was bitten pretty severely by another pig. She held still like that. She got an infection and fortunately I called the head of the rescue and took her in or she could have died. I would check your piggie over thoroughly to make sure she doesn't have an injury from before you got her. Hopefully yours is eating? If she is eating and drinking fine when you aren't there she is probably just still adjusting. It is recommended you weigh your piggie once a week to be able to notice when something is wrong. Good luck.
 
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I got my recent g/p Shy from a horrible garden centre a week ago and she's only just started to roam around the cage and make a bit of noise.
She was so scared of the slightest noise and didn't eat/drink for days on the advice from someone on here I had to syringe a melted vit c tablet in to her mouth once a day.
I realised that she wouldn't eat because she wasn't used to veg or grass and the food I'd been giving her she'd never eaten before as they'd given here rabbit food.
But I've changed her food to the museli type and started to add a tiny bit of veg everyday to get her used to different flavours, hopefully when she's back to her full strength she'll be fine to go in with my other 4 girls and will settle well.
 

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Hiya Paula.
Yeah shes eating, and drinking. And I have looked all over her when I hold her. Shes so laid back I think shed let me do anything.lol Love her little heart. Shes very small underneath all of her fur though. My hub asked if there was actually a piggie under there. Shes approx 5 months old how much should she weigh. Tam ive not got a problem with shes a right porker. They have both come from someone that cares a great deal for her piggies, so i trust they are well.
 

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Well she drinks alot and is eating! I will go get her a friend today! The other problem is by her bottom there is always a yellow patch i can bath her now and by tonight there will be a yellow patch around her bum and its a bit smelly! When i baught her i made sure i got all the stuff she needs she has hay a water bottle some tonic stuff that goes in the water this little rock wheel thing gnauing sticks and she has 3 diffrent foods rabbit pellets some little box with treats and another box of food that is mixed its got mously in and all other stuff! I like to care for my animals and dont like t see her like this!
 

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It's not a good idea to feed guinea pigs rabbit pellets. They don't have the vitamins that piggies need. Guinea pigs don't produce their own vitamin C so you are best to give them guinea pig pellets which has that in it. It also prevents selective feeding. It's also best not to add anything to the water as this can spoil quickly. You can make sure they get enough vit c by giving them fresh veg along with the pellets.
 

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Ok i will chage her food and i will take the stuff out of the water! Thanks alot everyone! Good thing i joined this forum! But i dont know where to get guinea pig food i will take a picture of the food she has and post the pics on here later!
 

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You can get guinea pig food in most places. If you have a farm shop near you they should sell it. Mine does big 13kg bags for about 13/15 pounds. Ive just got a small bag thats fine for now.
My girlies eat sweet potato, carrots, apples. This morning Tam near enough ate all of her sweet potato in less than ten mins. Bloomin glutton.lol^)
 

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My piggy was very quiet for the first week. I bought him a tube and an igloo which he kept hiding in, so after a couple of days I took the tube out then also only put the igloo back in the cage at night so he could sleep in it.

I think it just takes time for them to get used to be with a new person. It must all be so daunting for them at first.
I just kept talking softly to mine and feeding him gently and he soon got to know I was safe and not a threat etc :)
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And i put some orange peel in her cage lastnight!
Hi and welcome :)
Love if you go into our food section you'll see a fab thread up the top with all the good foods and the ones you should only feed every so often......good luck and i'm sure you're little one will settle down soon.....keep us posted
Look forward to seeing some pics too drool

Glynis, Velvet and Onyx x
 

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Hi and welcome :) One of my newer piggies are deciding to stay on her own, they have a make shift 2 cages put together thing for the moment, and she is always in one cage on her own and the others crowd the other one, she looks lonely and I feel sorry for her, but she is the first to the fresh veg when I put it down and first to want to be picked up for a cuddle... I think they sometimes just have little traits of their own as we all do x
 

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Hi everyone well i got her a friend yesterday a nice male called bugsy! He runs around and sniffs her and bumps her! But i got sad news i saw this morning that her back legs dont work when she crawls they just dangle behind her! I am taking her to the vet tomorrow! WHAT DO I DO? Do i keep her even if they will never work or what? 8...8...8...
 

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is the boy neutered? how old is your girl? dont panic too much one of my piggys lost the use of her back legs and dragged them, i took her to the vet she had a painkiller injection and i took her home let her rest kept her away from other piggies and 2 and a half weeks later she was running around like nothing had happened.
 
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