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Sleepingbunnies Wed 05-Oct-16 04:14:41

This evening completely out of the blue and without warning my darling girl passed away. I found her in the cage.

To say iv cried buckets is an understatement sad

Obviously my main concern has to be for my remaining girl, please help me, what should I be doing for her?

Is it worth taking the deceased to the vet? Would they be able to tell me.why? Do I need to get the remaining checked over?

Iv never done this before. How soon does my other sweet girl need a new cage mate?

Thank you for any advice...

RIP my darling girl... I hope you know how loved you were xxx

Stillwaitingforthesummer2come Wed 05-Oct-16 06:48:47

Can't give advice but I'm so sorry. On the positive side, just remember that she was with her friend and at home flowers

fortifiedwithtea Wed 05-Oct-16 10:14:32

The vet can do a post mortem but it will be expensive. So sad as she wasn't that old. There's just no telling how long they will live for. Take comfort she had a quick end and was at home with her friend. You loved and cared for her so she had a happy life.

Her friend will think she is the only guinea pig in the world and may become withdrawn over the next week, you'll know if she sits quietly staring at the wall. Ring round the rescues to see who they have and arrange a guinea pig bonding playdate.

RIP Piggy flowers

Sleepingbunnies Wed 05-Oct-16 12:02:06

She is just sitting staring. I am so sad. I took our remaining piggy to the vet and am pleased she has a clean bill of health. I am heartbroken sad

Sleepingbunnies Wed 05-Oct-16 17:06:06

She is so depressed sad

FernieB Wed 05-Oct-16 17:29:31

Sorry to hear about your poor piggy flowers. It's often very sudden as they hide symptoms well, but that makes it a huge shock for you. Your remaining pig probably knew what was going on with her friend and it's good that they were together. She'll feel a bit lost and probably need lots of extra attention and cuddles. When my Scruffypig was bereaved I gave him some rolled up socks to snuggle up to when he couldn't be with me. Apart from that he was a lap pig until he could collect Gingerpig (then he perked up dramatically). He was on his own for nearly 4 weeks and it must have felt like years to Scruffy. He did seem withdrawn and quiet.

I'd phone a few rescues and see if you can find a companion ASAP. Some have neutered boars desperate for homes. Then go on some piggy speed dates to see if any prospective partners are up to scratchwink

EastMidsGPs Wed 05-Oct-16 18:32:25

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is always heartbreaking.
Echo what others have said, try to find a friend for your remaining girl. Our Mollie really did pine when we lost her companion but rallied immediately we found Sadie for her. Mollie stopped speaking and looked utterly depressed when alone.
We spent lots of time with her, talking and cuddling her and we gave her a knitted doll thing to sleep with.
It is good they were together, I am sure they know when their friend us I'll and sadly dies.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 05-Oct-16 18:32:42

sad The Rainbow Bridge has welcomed a new guinea .

TBH, a Post Mortem might or might not throw some light, I personally wouldn't have one done. It's very unlikely there's anything contagious, possiblity something familial (your piggies are sisters IIRC)?

Keep her close by, let her have some quiet time to grieve.
And YY Piggie dating, there are lots of single pigs out there.

It is so sad when they go but you console yourself with the knowledge that they had a good life and were cherished. What more can these greedy little cuddly rodents wish for?

shamrock <- clover

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 05-Oct-16 18:36:26

Our GP1 and GP3 were on their ownsomes for 6 days before we matched them, waiting for the right piggie. At night they slept in DD room but I did feel sorry for them in the day in the Pighouse alone, but, it was their familiar territory.

Sleepingbunnies Wed 05-Oct-16 19:01:38

Thank you all for your kind wishes. They've made me cry again!

I will be making dates over the weekend. This is the first day I haven't heard a sound out of our cage sad daisy is just sat in the corner. We've had her out for cuddles earlier but when kiddies are in bed she'l be coming out again

FernieB Wed 05-Oct-16 20:45:18

They look so sad don't they? Just loads of snuggles, favourite veggies and boxes/paper bags to chew and hide in. Just things to keep them alert and interested. Leave a radio on when you're not around and just chat to her when you are.

Scruffy watched so much TV when he was an only pig, he's a bit of an addict now and will shove arms out of the way to get a better view of a screen.

Stillwaitingforthesummer2come Wed 05-Oct-16 21:54:44

Where in the UK are you?

Sleepingbunnies Wed 05-Oct-16 21:58:24

I am in south East London. still

I've just cleaned her cage out and given her a fleece blanket. More cuddles tomorrow.

EastMidsGPs Thu 06-Oct-16 17:31:36

Love the idea of Scruffy the telephone addict.

Lulu used to live cricket especially when we were beating the Aussies. She'd get very excited and run along the back of the sofa.
Sadie loves Geoff Stelling on Sky football on Saturday afternoons, along with the Scottish silver fox who used to play for Arsenal. She snuggles down with DH and grumbles loudly when moved smile

FernieB Thu 06-Oct-16 18:32:12

I had a previous bun who loved cookery programmes and would settle down in front of the TV whenever she saw food. She especially loved Masterchef and did huge binkies when it started. She never even hid her eyes when they cooked rabbit.

Pets are weird.

FernieB Thu 06-Oct-16 18:33:45

How's Daisy today Sleeping? Has she perked up at all? Hope you manage to find someone she approves of.

Sleepingbunnies Thu 06-Oct-16 21:25:51

She's still really quiet fernie sad

I have been in touch with a rescue.. waiting to hear back... fingers crossed for the weekend...

IWasGintyMarlowe Fri 07-Oct-16 00:34:59

((((HUGS))) to you and your remaining piggie from me and my piggies. it is never easy to lose a furry friend. IME guinea pigs sometimes need a few days processing their grief before they can handle a new cagemate but it does vary. wheee wish you and her all the best

IWasGintyMarlowe Fri 07-Oct-16 00:36:02

what a beautiful cavy. such lovely markings. one of my girls is that colour but she is abyssinian so has funky hair!

FernieB Fri 07-Oct-16 19:18:07

Keeping paws and fingers crossed for you this weekend Sleeping

Sleepingbunnies Sat 08-Oct-16 15:40:00

We are off to a rescue tomorrow morning...! Am hopeful so keep everything crossed!

Millimat Sat 08-Oct-16 16:23:29

Will they help match up a friend? Good luckflowers

Sleepingbunnies Sun 09-Oct-16 16:18:46

After several attempts at bonding we have a winner.....

FernieB Sun 09-Oct-16 17:20:34

Firstly - squeeeeeee! So cute - love the little dash of creaminess behind the eyes.

Secondly - Sleeping you have been around here long enough to know that we're going to need so much more informationwink. Name? Age? Sex? Fave veg? How did bonding go? Etc etc.

Glad you've found a companion successfully and so quickly too. That's brilliant. Well done. Hope the settling in goes well.

FernieB Sun 09-Oct-16 17:22:33

PS. Well done to Daisy for selecting a presumably pink clawed pig. She clearly reads and pays attention to the posts on here.

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