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Hello all, I'm new to this forum and would like some advise please.I have a single boar aged 4 1/2 years old, I got him and his brother as pups but 1 died last year. The remaining boar has seemed happy over the last year and has not shown any signs of loneliness, he eats well and has a large cage to roam around in. My question is should be getting a mate for him or keep him as a single piggy. Thank you
 

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I’m sorry you lost your piggy.

Finding him a friend is the best thing to do. They really do need to be kept in pairs and he will be so much happier to have a friend again. The best thing is to look to a rescue centre to find a compatible friend for him.
 

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Hello all, I'm new to this forum and would like some advise please.I have a single boar aged 4 1/2 years old, I got him and his brother as pups but 1 died last year. The remaining boar has seemed happy over the last year and has not shown any signs of loneliness, he eats well and has a large cage to roam around in. My question is should be getting a mate for him or keep him as a single piggy. Thank you
Hi!

No piggy is ever

If you can get to a rescue that offers dating your bereaved boar to allow him a say in who he wants to live with, then please go for it. Be aware that this may include a longer wait in the current circumstances as rescues have had to pause the adoption/dating process again. We can only guarantee for the carefully vetted recommended rescues listed as anybody can call themselves a rescue and/or breeder without licensing or supervision in the English speaking world with results that can be sadly accordingly.

By using a good welfare standard rescue, you can also neatly avoid all the headaches that can come with bought piggies in addition to you having a plan B ready (i.e. next door company with constant interaction and stimulation through the bars) in case acceptance doesn't happen.

Please take the time to read the links below. You should find them very helpful:
Single Guinea Pigs - Challenges and Responsibilities
A Comprehensive Guide to Guinea Pig Boars

Rescue Locator
New guinea pigs: Sexing, vet checks&customer rights, URI, ringworm and parasites
Bonding and Interaction: Illustrated social behaviours and bonding dynamics

The oldest (herself bereaved) companion piggy I ever took in was a depressed 7 years old; she gained a new zest of life and lived to celebrate her 9th birthday in the company of her new best friend. Just to say!
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Calli (by then aged 8 years) and Tegan (the little baby in my avatar, then aged 6 years) on New Year's Day in 2018
 

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Contact several so they can keep you in mind for their single boars. All the best finding him a friend.
 
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