Sensing Illness.

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DoragonHinansho

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Hiya guys;

I wondered if you guys knew if guinea pigs can sense when a member of their herd is ill/ passing away?

Some of you know about my ill sow; Cookie. Cookie seems a little quiet today; and Smudge doesn't want to leave her alone, not eating much and really only eating when Cookie is. They've both been eating really well prior to today; when Cookie is a little less and so is Smudge.

Before, when another partner has died I've had similar things with my old piggies. Just wondered if you've had the same thing?

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It doesn't necessarily mean dying, but they are certainly lending support to a beloved friend.
 

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I believe they do, I've seen my pigs be very outwardly concerned when a friend is sick (not necessarily deathly sick, but under the weather.) I've had my pigs refuse to leave the cage if a cagemate is feeling too sick to go out for food. They would forfeit having all the treats to themselves to stay with their sick friend. It was very sweet!
 
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