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One Male ‘mounting’ Other?

Ashuuki

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hi there,
I have two male guinea pigs and have had them for about a year and a half now. We’ve had some trouble with them fighting in the past but they’ve always had this thing when one would climb on the others back whilst rumbling. It’s always Floof climbing on Jet’s back, so I checked Jet’s bum recently and he’s got some thick sticky stuff matted in his fur that I can’t get out? I’m finally asking about it on here because Jet’s also displaying some odd behaviour recently like hiding for no reason, staying very still and not coming out for treats. It’s scary.

Is this behaviour normal? Should I be worried? Floof is mounting jet more and more frequently and I’m just worried this might be something really bad
 

Ashuuki

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Here are photos of what’s happening. Usually I try to stop Floof (the grey one) from doing it, but it’s hard because I’m obviously not around them 24/7

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Kiko+Peanut

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I know the mounting is because Floof is showing Jet he is boss. Guinea Pigs need to sort out who's going to be alpha. And Floof is wanting to be the alpha. Not too sure about the behavior or the sticky substance.
 

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Ashuuki

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The sticky substance is ,what we politely call 'boar glue' if you don't manage to get it quite quickly, you'll probably have to cut it out of his fur. It's fairly normal behaviour, just make sure Floof isn't bullying him too badly, but it sounds like he might be. Have a look at these threads, they might help. Bonds In Trouble
Boars: Teenage, Bullying, Fighting, Fall-outs And What Next?
Boars: A guide to successful companionship.
Okay I’ll have a look! The problem is Jet’s fur is quite short so I can’t cut it out. I’ve tried, but it goes all the way down to the skin. We’ve always had quite a deal of trouble keeping both their bum’s clean because these two jusr really hate it when we cut their fur, especially because they’ve got matted clumps of fur that I have no idea how to get out ): because they’re so close to the skin
 

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You could try shampooing his bum, (with guinea pig shampoo), but it still might take a bit of work. You could also try coconut oil, in case he has a dirty grease gland rather than boar glue, but I know it's notoriously difficult to get boar glue off. Sorry. Someone else might have a better idea what you could try.
 
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