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My Piggy Doesn't Have A Buddy But I Hope We Can Make Up For That

Piggy996

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Hi people, I got my Piggy a month ago from a pet shop. Since the shop was in another town, we had to put him in the car and drive him. I was very afraid how will he endure it, but it was okay. He was in the same place with rabbits in the store, so I guess that he was lonely and scared and that he got biting lice from them later (we took him to the vet and he got an injection). Of course at first he was very shy so we put a towel and everything, and we also put the cage on the balcony so he wasn't isolated and he could hear people talking, I guess that's one of the reasons he got adapted faster? I always give him food from my hand and try to spend as much time with him as I can. I think he likes me very much now, every time he sees or hears me he climbs up his cage, when I give him some floor time on the balcony he sometimes runs around, but as soon as I get up and start walking he always follows wherever I go. He sometimes even climbs up my lap while I'm sitting on the floor. He often licks and nibbles my hand (that's probably because he's used to getting food from my hand). Also, when he gets some floor time and hides between the shelves, he rarely comes out if the rest of my family is calling him, but as soon as I call him, he comes out. I really hope he's a happy piggy even though he doesn't have a furry friend :)IMG_20170905_123110.jpg
 

TheLottiediarys

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Hi people, I got my Piggy a month ago from a pet shop. Since the shop was in another town, we had to put him in the car and drive him. I was very afraid how will he endure it, but it was okay. He was in the same place with rabbits in the store, so I guess that he was lonely and scared and that he got biting lice from them later (we took him to the vet and he got an injection). Of course at first he was very shy so we put a towel and everything, and we also put the cage on the balcony so he wasn't isolated and he could hear people talking, I guess that's one of the reasons he got adapted faster? I always give him food from my hand and try to spend as much time with him as I can. I think he likes me very much now, every time he sees or hears me he climbs up his cage, when I give him some floor time on the balcony he sometimes runs around, but as soon as I get up and start walking he always follows wherever I go. He sometimes even climbs up my lap while I'm sitting on the floor. He often licks and nibbles my hand (that's probably because he's used to getting food from my hand). Also, when he gets some floor time and hides between the shelves, he rarely comes out if the rest of my family is calling him, but as soon as I call him, he comes out. I really hope he's a happy piggy even though he doesn't have a furry friend :)View attachment 70626
I hate when stores house Rabbits and Guinea Pigs together
It's wrong on so many levels
And makes people think it's ok to house them together
Even though they have shouldn't :/

It sounds like you Piggie has bonded quite nicely with you so far :)
Which is very good.

However...
Piggies should really have a companion of their own kind,
In my opinion, The only reason a pig should be alone is;
If they are sick and need to be housed seperate to stop the spread of sickness,
And if they are aggressive towards other piggies,
But even then it's preferred that they live side by side.

You've got to think of it this way:
Can you speak his language?
Can you cuddle up with him in his cage at night?
Is he alone alot of the day?

Obviously Piggies can have a great bond with humans
But it's not the same as a bond with their own kind,
Guinea Pigs aren't like Syrian Hamsters, who are solitary and cannot be housed with other Syrians, because they would fight and it's cruel to do that to them.
Guinea Pigs are social animal who in the wild live in very large groups,
So to keep one on its own, without Atleast trying to find them a friend of their own species is just as cruel as keeping a solitary animal with others.

So he might seem happy now,
But he would be so much happier with a friend :)
 
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