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My roughly 4 month old piggy bunny hops and issues with how Petland cares for pets

Maddy_Loves_Animals

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Basically I was wondering if I could do something to help calm and soothe Luna so she doesn’t scream as much and figure out what the bunny hopping is. Below is a very long explanation to Luna’s background if you want to read. She was also very very tiny when I bought her and looked roughly 2 weeks old. Also keep in mind I’m only 16 (15 when I bought my pigs) So I can only do things with permission and I don’t know everything and I’m still learning. ALSO, SORRY THAT THIS STORY IS SO LONG I HAD A LOT TO SAY HOPING MORE INFO WOULD HELP.
Hi so I have two piggies which I got from two different pet stores (I know you should adopt and not shop but Our first one we wanted specifically to be female and her Name is Nova and she’s about 5 months old and seems to be in good health and is very loving) about a month later I decided to get her a friend. Nova is an Abyssinian and I wanted another. All pet places around me either didn’t have pigs or they only had Males. So I made the decision to go to petland. As a pet lover walking in that place was heaven. I picked out the smallest black one and named her Luna. To my luck she was also an abby. On the car ride home I took her out of the box and immediately noticed a few issues with her. Her feet were very dry and cracked and peely so I put aloe Vera (with lidocaine in it cause it was the only aloe we had and it helped with her habit of nibbling on her feet.) she was very small and skinny and Nova was kinda bullying her for a bit so I would hand feed Luna to make sure she got proper food intake and 4 months later all is well. But even when I put her in the cage the first day she would only bunny hop. Fast forward 4 months and it’s gotten better and she runs and stuff but if she isn’t going far distances or makes an adjustment to how she’s standing to drink water she will hop like a bunny. She also has been very skittish and she either croaks like a frogs when exploring, wheeks for food, or 9/10 times she screams all the time. When I go to pick her up gently she screams. I’ve bonded with her and finally got her to the point where I can hold her and she snuggles and goes quiet but if I shift she starts whining. When anybody else holds her she doesn’t even stop whining until I hold her. She’s also very squirmy and would rather be exploring than being held.
 

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To be honest a lot of the behaviour you are describing sounds like perfectly normal guinea pig behaviour.
Being skittish and squirmy and wheeking are totally normal, particularly in a young pig.
Our male Harry is over a year old now and still squeaks constantly - when he walks, when he wants something, just becasue :))

You mentioned that she bunny hops - do these seems like little skips of joy or excitement?
Can she actually walk and run normally?
How big is their cage?
What is her weight like?

Maybe if we have some more information we could offer more specific advice.
 

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Hi :wel: to the forum.
You're message is very informative for one so young.
On here is lots great advise from people who run the forum and offer help. look at home page and you find everything.
Piggies when happy skip called " popcorn" which is a happy piggie.
Course you're piggie might have a leg problem which may need a vet trip.
Be great to see a picture and here's one form one my piggies saying Hellllllllo.20190516_193423.jpgHope you piggie is just happy.
I read the help on here when I also with my piggies need it.
 

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That’s Luna inspecting the camera 113377
That’s Luna with her sister Nova. @Swissgreys she does walk normally but she also hops like she’ll do one or the other. Mostly when running she will hop so I think it is just popcorning. It was just so different from Novas popcorning. Nova will like jump straight up and scream and then shake her head kinda like a horse. Also I do not know the exact dimensions of the cage but it’s a 4ft 2 story cage meant for a ferret so we mad adjustments and also learned the won’t go down the ramps or up them if they are too steep. They can stand on the steep ramps fine but to make it easier I made so they can just stay on the top level and then I’ll take them out and put them in a closed off space to run around and stuff. I also do not know her weight as I am not able to accurately weight her. @Jaycey thank you for letting me know about self diagnosing. My grandparents aren’t too keen on taking my pigs to the vets because with my dog, she is epileptic and has other issues it’s really expensive for her checkup so my grandpa said we can take them some time in the coming months but for right now no so I’m not really able to take them to the vets when I want. But she seems to be in good health. Thank you guys for the help and advice
 
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