Chick3ns4ndwich

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Hello all. I'm new to this forum but I have a question for you all. Ive had my boar, smores for 5 months and I got him a new cage mate recently. His name is biscuit and he's pretty young. They seem to be getting along fine--no fights or anything. And even though I bought 2 pigloos and a cage suitable for up to 3 Guinea pigs, they still sleep in the same pigloo huddled together. They even share water and food dishes. I thought it would take longer for them to bond--as it has only been a couple of days--but they seem to be fine. Is this normal? Also, after 3 days of being introduced I had to quarantine the two because Biscuit got sick. When he came back s'mores seemed a lot more active and happy his friend returned.

Is it possible that they just won't fight? Would it take longer to see whether or not they truly like eachother?
 

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I think they definitely like each other, try not to separate them again, it means they have to rebound again. So happy your piggies like each other, first time lucky x
 

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Hello all. I'm new to this forum but I have a question for you all. Ive had my boar, smores for 5 months and I got him a new cage mate recently. His name is biscuit and he's pretty young. They seem to be getting along fine--no fights or anything. And even though I bought 2 pigloos and a cage suitable for up to 3 Guinea pigs, they still sleep in the same pigloo huddled together. They even share water and food dishes. I thought it would take longer for them to bond--as it has only been a couple of days--but they seem to be fine. Is this normal? Also, after 3 days of being introduced I had to quarantine the two because Biscuit got sick. When he came back s'mores seemed a lot more active and happy his friend returned.

Is it possible that they just won't fight? Would it take longer to see whether or not they truly like eachother?

Hi! Please do not separate if at all possible and rather treat both piggies if there is an infectious bond. Medical separation is one of the major fall-out reasons in adult guinea pigs and should be avoided if at all possible; the company of another piggy also lowers stress and helps with recovery, including shared vet trips and (with the consent of your vet) even operation recovery at the vet clinic.
Any quarantine should be 2-3 weeks anyway to be valid as that is in many cases the time being infection and outbreak.

Your boys have indeed bonded. Youngsters want to belong, and if their mate wants company, then the bond can be instant. Still hacve two hideys, but exchange them for ones with two exits once your baby hits the teenage months and becomes more independent and more confrontational when the testosterone spikes hit.
Bonding and Interaction: Illustrated social behaviours and bonding dynamics
 
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