Won’t stop humping

cvrley

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Hi everyone. I have a guinea pig who tries to hump all the time. His name is trixie & he is a male who’s almost a year old. He lives in a huge cage with a male bunny and a 6-7 week old male guinea pig. They all get along great & they never have fought but Trixie will chase the baby around for hours trying to hump him, when trixie can’t catch the baby he goes and humps the bunny. I just worries me that he’s casing the baby around so much because the baby gets so worn out and when trixie is chasing the baby he squeals really loud because he doesn’t want to be humped. Any help or advice on what to do
 

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Sounds like normal behavior to me while they are working out who is boss. As long as there is no fighting and blood drawn I would not worry too much.

However I would consider removing the bunny. Rabbits have been known to accidentally cause serious harm and even death to guinea pigs with a misplaced kick. Also rabbits and guinea pigs eat different pellets if you are feeding pellets ( some people chose a pellet free diet). Guinea pellets contain vitamin C whereas rabbits do no require it to be in their food.
 

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Hi everyone. I have a guinea pig who tries to hump all the time. His name is trixie & he is a male who’s almost a year old. He lives in a huge cage with a male bunny and a 6-7 week old male guinea pig. They all get along great & they never have fought but Trixie will chase the baby around for hours trying to hump him, when trixie can’t catch the baby he goes and humps the bunny. I just worries me that he’s casing the baby around so much because the baby gets so worn out and when trixie is chasing the baby he squeals really loud because he doesn’t want to be humped. Any help or advice on what to do

Hi!

Non-stop humping comes under the heading of bullying. Please follow the tips in these guides here:
Bonding and Interaction: Illustrated social behaviours and bonding dynamics (includes a chapter on bonding babies and how to cope with excessive bonding humping)
Boars: Teenage, Bullying, Fighting, Fall-outs And What Next? (includes tips on how to work out whether a piggy is affected by bullying or not)


Please separate your guinea pigs from the rabbit, irrespective of whether they get on or not. Apart from the risk of involuntary injury through the kick reflex in rabbits, bunnies and piggies have different dietary needs and a different language; they are group animals that both need company of their own kind to be fully happy.
Rabbits can also transmit illnesses they themselves are immune to but that are fatal for guinea pigs. Keeping them is no longer recommended by any welfare organisations.
Guinea Pigs And Rabbits - Why Not
 
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