New Pal For Bereaved Boar?

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I lost one of my two neutered boars last weekend to bloat. I had struggled to bond the pair after I'd got the younger one from RSPCA at around 1.5 yrs old following the loss of Clive's brother earlier in the year. They lived side by side as if left on their own they fought, drawing blood on 1 occasion.
Clive never really seemed to take to Rudi and the only communication I saw was growling/strutting. He doesn't seem to be grieving - he's eating well, drinking, passing urine/poops, weight is stable and he seems his usual self.
Clive is now 6.5 yrs old which I know is quite old for a gp so my question is do I try and find a pal for his older years as I know gps are pack animals, or could that stress him out too much especially given he didn't seem to take to Rudi.
 

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I lost one of my two neutered boars last weekend to bloat. I had struggled to bond the pair after I'd got the younger one from RSPCA at around 1.5 yrs old following the loss of Clive's brother earlier in the year. They lived side by side as if left on their own they fought, drawing blood on 1 occasion.
Clive never really seemed to take to Rudi and the only communication I saw was growling/strutting. He doesn't seem to be grieving - he's eating well, drinking, passing urine/poops, weight is stable and he seems his usual self.
Clive is now 6.5 yrs old which I know is quite old for a gp so my question is do I try and find a pal for his older years as I know gps are pack animals, or could that stress him out too much especially given he didn't seem to take to Rudi.
HUGS! I am very sorry for your loss. Bloat is one of the nastier killers. I have lost piggies of mine to it.

Could you contact one of our recommended rescues, which allow boar dating? This means that it is ultimately Clive who decides who he likes and it is well worth travelling a bit further afield. I know that Honeybunnies by Leicester offer this service and - if you are in the north of the East Midlands, Cavy Corner in Doncaster may be another good place to try. As Clive is neutered (do I understand that correctly?) you can consider looking at a sow or two of any age for company, too.
 

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I am sorry to hear you lost your little lad the other weekend to bloat. It is a horrible illness. I have lost a piggy to it :9 please feel free to leave a memorial to your piggy in our Rainbow Bridge section.

It is good news Clive is eating and drinking okay. Have a read of this guide to looking after a bereaved piggy Looking After A Bereaved Guinea Pig You may be able to find a rescue local to you that does piggy dating if you want to find Clive a new friend as that would help taking the stress out of trying to find a new friend for him. I
f he is happy on his own you could possibly keep him as a single piggy due to his age and fact he hasn't got on with his previous friend. We had a lone piggy after her sister died due to medical issues and she was quite content on her own... I wouldn't normally advise it but there can be exceptions as to when single piggies are quite happy on there own

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HUGS! I am very sorry for your loss. Bloat is one of the nastier killers. I have lost piggies of mine to it.

Could you contact one of our recommended rescues, which allow boar dating? This means that it is ultimately Clive who decides who he likes and it is well worth travelling a bit further afield. I know that Honeybunnies by Leicester offer this service and - if you are in the north of the East Midlands - Cavy Corner in Doncaster may be another good place to try. As Clive is neutered (do I understand that correctly?) you can consider looking at a sow or two of any age for company, too.

Nice spot @Wiebke Honneybunnies are excellent :)
 

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HUGS! I am very sorry for your loss. Bloat is one of the nastier killers. I have lost piggies of mine to it.

Could you contact one of our recommended rescues, which allow boar dating? This means that it is ultimately Clive who decides who he likes and it is well worth travelling a bit further afield. I know that Honeybunnies by Leicester offer this service and - if you are in the north of the East Midlands, Cavy Corner in Doncaster may be another good place to try. As Clive is neutered (do I understand that correctly?) you can consider looking at a sow or two of any age for company, too.
Yes Clive is neutered. Thanks for the heads up about piggy dating, I'll have a look around.
 

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All the best!

We can guarantee for the rescues mentioned in the posts and listed in our recommended rescues locator on the top bar that they are piggy savvy and only rehome healthy and guaranteed not pregnant piggies (all sows over weaning age undergo a mandatory 10 weeks pregnancy watch). Since like breeders, any can call themselves a rescue without any regulation, it is otherwise a minefield for the unwary. Ideally you contact all rescues you can get to with Clive, as it very much depends on the piggies currently in rescue. There are usually more than listed on the website, so it is well worth ringing up. ;)
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Thanks for the previous advice. Unfortunately Clive passed away before I found him a suitable companion. He'd reached his 7th birthday the previous week but his age finally caught up with him :(
 
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