Scary guinea pig

Yoav

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Hey,
I bought pigs two weeks ago.
They're still scared of me ...
I tried the tips you offered me:
Cover the cage, feed it ...
What else can you do?
 

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Follow all the tips in the links we have added to your previous posts. Two weeks is an incredibly short space of time and many take a lot longer than that to become comfortable and not run off when you approach - some may take months to settle down. Guinea pigs generally do not like being picked up, some learn to be happy about it, some never do and will never like to be touched or picked up. That is simply the nature of a prey animal
 

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I do not understand.
The whole section of this pet playing with her, stroking her ...
Not that she runs away as soon as she sees me
 

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The guide explains how to gain their trust which can be a very long process. You’ve said they are still scared of you. What do they do to make you say they are still scared of you? If you follow the guides then they will eventually learn to trust you, it will probably take a lot longer than two weeks though. Once they trust you, they will be happy to take food from your hand, allow you to touch them which will make it easier for you to give them their routine weekly health checks, and come out for exercise time out of their cage.

Understanding Prey Animal Instincts, Guinea Pig Whispering And Cuddling Tips
 
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I've had my girl for a year now. at first she wouldn't eat from my hand, only after a month she would let me. She wouldn't let me touch her at all. Now she is just starting to let me touch her under her chin only. It can be quite a slow process but it is lovely seeing the changes along the way. They will show their trust and love for you in other ways like getting really excited when they see you or wheeking but it does take time.
 

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hi
thats totally fine.
when i got my guinea pigs were so nervous and skittish around me for at least a month and a half, but they took around a year to tame. I've now had my guinea pigs for two years now and they're so comfortable with me and really tame although one of them still is a bit shy and usually won't eat from my hand. i thought they would never be happy around me because they were so scared but it did so i would say just don't rush it.
 

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Hey,
I bought pigs two weeks ago.
They're still scared of me ...
I tried the tips you offered me:
Cover the cage, feed it ...
What else can you do?
Hello, I’m a new owner myself & have only had my girls a few months. They still run when I go to pick them up but are getting a lot better. As far as I know it’s normal for them to run when getting picked up even after they are tame. Queenie really disliked being petted or held & always tried to run away. Now she loves cuddles & comes into my knee herself for chin rubs. Princess was more docile from the get go but all guinea pigs have different personalities. I think 2 weeks is very early as they need to gain trust. It will come with time I’m sure. Queenie still won’t take food from me but has become so living & tame compared to the beginning. I thought perhaps she was maybe a guinea pig that just didn’t like affection & that would have been ok but they both love it now. Hang in there & give them time x
 
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