My Piggy Webs Has Gone

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I knew Webs (nearly 6) was not doing aswell, slower, not as hungry, frailer, cloudy eyes. yesterday she was trying to eat but gave up after a bite. It was hard work. She had some critical care food trying to get her to have something extra. I then got her favourite food from the shops to tempt her, she had some. She got agitated so I took her back to the hutch immediately and she died she struggled and passed. Maybe it was a heart attack or stroke? Her sisters of which two remain licked her eye and nuzzled her. Her other hutch mates watched a bit but her sisters were close. We were all together. It is one of the hardest things to have seen.
I find it hard to know if her sisters understand? Are they missing her like I am? Webs was the loving peace keeper, tolerant and forever friendly. I fear as my peace keeper has gone there with be more issues in my herd.
My good friend of 6 years has gone and I wish she could have lived with me forever. The older I get does not make it any better to lose a loved pet.
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I am ever so sorry for your upset! Older guinea pigs can go downhill very quickly with multi-organ failure; how smooth this goes depends on how the body is closing down. There is often a short period of discomfort right at the end. It sounds like it was just her time; there is not much you can do apart from contacting your vets if the discomfort or fitting is going on for any length. You did the right thing in putting her back with her companions.

Webs' companions will know and they will will grieve no less than we humans do. If they still have each other for company, they are however less likely to pine acutely, unless they were extremely close. You will find that a group is very quiet in the days after the passing of one of their members.

Webs has had a long and happy life with her family, but I am sure that you all miss her lots! :(

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Sleep tight little one xx
 

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That's very sad for you and your herd, Webs sounds like she was a special piggy, and one comfort that I hope will ease your loss is that she lad a full and rich life, with loving company, and lived to an old age.
It does sound like in the run-up to her death her body was shutting down, and the final brief struggle sounds like a heart attack, but it is hard to know for sure.
Huge hugs to you, as you say, being older doesn't make it easier for us, it is hard at any age when we lose a much-loved pet.

hugs to you, and I hope your herd adjusts quickly. The peacemaker is often the head of the herd, and a new head will emerge. Sometimes this happens flawlessly, as it did with mine, with 2nd in command being the instantly accepted leader, and sometimes it can take a week or two for them to settle down into an accept hierarchy. I hope it goes smoothly. xx
 

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Thank you for your replies. The others are quite quiet at the moment. Not so many squeaks. They are normally very vocal. It appeared one of her sisters kept going up and down their hutch to find Webs.

The final struggle was minutes at most, it may have felt longer than it was, I called my other half knocking the window and I told him she was gone but she kept flinching for a minute or so once he ran to the hutch. It was very tragic her last steps took her to her sisters and I hope she understood they were there as she collapsed immediately.

I think I will get her cremated, I would say her soul mate died 2 1/2 years ago and she will sit next to her in my living room. I can't bring myself to bury her incase I move as I want all sisters together in the end.

I find it strange that she was quite a healthy piggy and her sisters have had cancer and bladder stones and both operations for this, however her life was not as long. She did look aged to me, so I do deep down know it was her time. I thought she was going to die last December. I went away for a couple of days and asked my mum to care for her closely, she had a turn around and was fine. Maybe she had a little heart attack then? I preyed in December I would have her for Christmas and I had her for 6 more months but it never feels enough.

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I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a piggy. It sounds like she had the most amazing life with you and her friends. Massive hugs to you x x

Sleep well little girl

RIP Webs
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So sorry for your loss :( sending (((HUGS))) to you and your piggies at this very difficult time.

Popcorn happily at the Rainbow Bridge Webs x
 

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Thank you everyone for your kind words. I get Webs ashes back next week. She will sit next to her litter friend in my living room. Her other sisters and pals are behaving differently. There is more food left, but I think Webs was my little food Hoover.
I am trying to be strong and think she was elderly and her health was not amazing and she did not suffer for too long.
It feels strange losing a pet you have held and cuddled everyday for 6 years. Thinking of how many life changes they have been there for. I have had dogs in my life with shorter lives. I always get devastated.
I have lost a friend and have some comfort I can remember her seeing some of her features in her two sisters and knowing her other pals knew her to, so we share something together.
 

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So sorry for what has happened,I have had 3 go recently,a mother and daughter were attcked by rats,and little roamer who went through old age,she was nearly six.

It doesnt matter even if they get to a good age though,we still miss them like crazy xx
 

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Steven, I am so sorry to hear about your piggies. I can't even comprehend what it must have been like to have piggies attacked by rats. We have so many Cats around I don't think of other predators.
My Webs was so gentle and it is hard to say goodbye. They all have such clear personalities. I still have five piggies. I do not intend to get anymore right now. My younger girls are 2 1/2 and I feel that is ok for now. I have one piggy Wafs she rips hair out of my other pigs, she is not friendly but they are still better together. It makes me realise any more may not be peaceful. Wafs is beautifully relaxed with me but not nice to piggies. Webs was ok with her.
It is wired losing a pet as I felt her body was not hers instantly. I have had her cremated as I could not bury her. I realise I have issues with burial. Which makes me think I am attached to her body in some strange way.

Thanks for everyone being supportive, it has helped me knowing other people have the same feelings.

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