Nasty sow: Part 2

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ghostbusterbunny

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http://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=65906

Okay, she has only been on her own for a week now and I'm finding myself feeling so damn guilty. I've been getting her out for cuddle time quite often and when I sit on the patio with her she'll start squeaking really loud when she hears the herd... Kinda like they do when they're separate and want to find each other. She's not getting any replies back, but she will sit and squeak anyway. I feel so guilty for having her on her own but as I said in my last post, she is too nasty to go in a hutch with the other girls... I did let her out for play time with them yesterday, and she was still nasty and nippy, but not as much as usual. I think she appreciated the company.

I know it's not been long enough for her to calm down, and I know she probably needs to hit maturity which won't be for a couple of months yet (she's 7/8 months old now), but it really hurts me to watch her and hear her squeak for company, even though I know that if I did put her back with the herd she would terrorise and potentially seriously hurt them!

Am I right to feel guilty or am I being a little too sensitive about her? Part of me is pretty angry that when I got her I wasn't given the whole story, that could have prevented this situation (she could have gone to a home where she was the only pig and could live indoors for example). But at the same time I wouldn't want to give her up now I've got her and I definitely don't want to give up on her. 8...
 

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I had a guinea pig years ago that was similar. She actually was blind so she freaked out whenever guinea pigs came around her as she dind't know what was going on. I got her from the spca and she had always lived alone. I tried her with my herd and same thing, she would attack them. It was so upsetting as I knew if she would just relax they all could get along.

What I ended up doing was putting her inside the cage but with a cagetop over her. So she would be with the pigs but couldn't attack them. It was one of those cages with the plastic bottoms and I just used the top over her. It wasn't ideal for space but after about a week or so I lifted it off and she got along with them.

After that she never lived alone. She was fine with the guinea pigs, I guess because she had an opportunity to be with them but not be touched, etc. She was able to get used to them and they to her.

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