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Hi all,

I'm new! Was a guinea pig owner as a young child. Just brought two very sweet little boys for my stepson! I say that but their more for me! Got them on Saturday 8th jan from pets at home! They are **** very scared of me! I'm sitting by their cage now with a bowl of veg in it and they won't come out cos I'm there!!

Help any ideas on how to get them more use to me!
 

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I'm having the same problems, its a big change for them so give them time, I just sat by the cage chatting to them (even though they are hiding in the house) for a good 10-15 mins and they seem calmer today
 
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It will take a while for the piggies to come out their shell.

Start by just sitting next to their cage talking to them. Gradually they will get used to you :)
 
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Yeah they are like frozen when I get them out the hutch! Just want them to know I'm not the baddie!

How long have * had yours for?
 
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Yeah might just try that for a few days! I'm worried as I'm away for a weekend leaving them in the capable hands of my boyfriend and little one! Bit worried I will have to start from scratch with them
 
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where do they live?

Being from pets at home they have had a very scary life so far, it just takes time.
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum!

I am looking forward to "meeting" your boys when they have settled in.

Here is a collection of tips for settling in nervous new piggies. Shop piggies have usually not had much human contact before they were sold and are completely confused and upset about the repeated big changes in their short lives. http://www.theguineapigforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=36239

There is more information that aims to answer the most frequently asked questions and problems of new guinea pig owners in our reference section as well as in permanent threads at the top of the other sections.
 
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My piglets live in my stepsons room

Should I leave them a few days just popped in their room and the bowl is on the side like they have had a feast and when I go to bed I can hear the next door running around the cage and talking to each other.it's just me I think they hate me lol
 
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Just give them time to get used to the different sounds in the house, talk with them, and don't worry they will soon associate you with food and will love you for it :))
 
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Thanks guys, ordered them a run today so can start putting them in living room when I came home so hopefully that helps them
 

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Hi! I'd put the veg in & let them make themselves at home at bit for a couple of days. Soon they will associate you with food & you'll get no peace don't worry about that! Let them get used to their cage etc... Theyll be fine ;)
 
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Thanks guys hopefully they settle in soon. Can't wait for them to start calling for me!
 
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Hey guys

Just listening to my piggies and they are talking to each other in a happy way.... Joys of google! Ok I'm not in the room with them but it's a step forward
 

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The most important thing you can give new piggies is give them time to settle and find their bearings.

Try to establish a regular routine with the same rituals, words in the same tone spoken in the same context, so your newbies get to figure out what is up and what to expect. Once they are happy with their new life, they will come on pretty quickly.
 
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Thanks guys for all advice! Gonna give them a veg bowl tonight but leave door open so they have to come put to me! Hoping the settle down soon x
 
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